Ground Level recognise that Leadership well-being is vitally important so we've teamed up with some trusted counsellors and therapists who are able to support you in this area. This team are able to offer free assessments to those in the Network, advice and direction for those dealing with mental health challenges in their congregations and training for Leaders and Teams.

Services available

For Leaders

Leaders can find themselves isolated with limited places to process challenges in their own lives or within the Church. 

Counselling is a carefully arranged opportunity for people to talk confidentially through issues that are affecting their lives, with someone specifically trained to help. People seek counselling to support them and resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues such as bereavement, anxiety, depression, marital problems and more.

Through our wellbeing team, Ross & Lois can provide a free assessment of personal counselling support for network members, both single & couples

For Teams

Training on wellbeing and mental health awareness is important in upskilling your teams to both care for themselves but also others, be that people they pastor, lead alongside or manage.

Jo is able to provide a range of courses designed to equip you and your team to understand more about the intersection of sound theology and research based therapy. Aiming that all Christians feel confident that mental health, well-being and wholeness are all God’s original design and as spirit filled believers we have a powerful perspective to contribute to the mental health conversation.

Training can be done in person or via a Zoom webinar and can be made accessible for small groups of leaders to larger groups of staff and volunteers.

For Pastoral Situations

Sometimes situations arise in Church life where you need some help and direction from a professional, especially when dealing with mental health issues within congregations. 

Through our wellbeing team, Ross & Lois can provide advice and guidance for Leaders in how to respond in these situations.

To access any of these services please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.

The team

We work with a range of Counsellors, Therapists and Trainers who we know and trust to support you.

Ross Hickman

Ross is qualified in psychotherapy and counselling and registered with the
Association of Christians in Counselling.

He has a background in church and secular leadership and the training of leaders. His special interests include, couple counselling, porn addiction, supporting leaders and working with general faith issues. Ross is on the board of directors at New Dawn Counselling centre, a Christian agency in Nottingham where more information about his work can be found.

Ross has been married to Lois for 41 years, together they enjoy walking and being with their baby granddaughter.

Jo Hargreaves

Jo is a writer, speaker and trauma informed church leader. She is a BACP registered Psychotherapist with a Degree in Sociology, Level 2 and 4 in Counselling and a Level 5 qualification in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. She is soon to finish her Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling and is hoping to continue her studies with a Phd.

She is passionate about integrating theology and therapy and placing God right in the centre of our conversations on mental health and wholeness

Much of Jo’s professional work is based around helping to create healthy leaders and emotionally intelligent cultures, which is why she created her PsychoEducation courses for leaders, teams and volunteers.

Combining 15 years of experience in church leadership and her experience in communication and therapy, Jo is well placed to speak into leadership teams in both the faith based and secular arenas.

Her first book ‘The Camouflaged Sacred’ is available on Amazon and her second book ‘Holy & Whole’ is in the publishing process ready to be released next year.

Jo offers a range of training opportunities for Leaders and Leadership Teams, you can read about what Jo currently offers on the link below

Lois Hickman

Lois worked for several years in the NHS and now in private practice. She has experience in supporting church leaders, bereavement and common psychological difficulties such as anxiety and depression.

Lois is qualified in psychotherapy and counselling and registered with the
Association of Christians in Counselling.

She has been married to Ross 41 years and together they enjoy walking and being with their baby granddaughter.

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