A medical worker who battled against depression after having her life turned upside down by injury is now helping others to do the same.
Kerry Bagley was told she would never work again after damaging a nerve in her neck and affecting her right arm.
These groups have become very popular, very quickly.Kerry Bagley
Two years of treatment came to nothing, and the prognosis left Mrs Bagley suffering from depression.
In 2011, three years after her injury, she decided to look into alternative solutions, discovering clinical hypnotherapy.
She then went to the Spiritual Well Being Centre in Station Road, Hebburn, on January 13, 2014.
Mrs Bagley, a former diagnostic radiographer, said: “After getting to know the local community, it became apparent they could not afford to pay for the help.
“A holistic therapist agreed to £10, and I devised a hypnotherapy meditation to allow me to provide the same service in a group with the same effect for £5 instead of £50.
“These groups became very popular very quickly.
“From this, there became a need to support the children of these families, so I did that.”
Kerry runs two groups – one for those aged between six and 11 every fortnight on Fridays from 4.30pm until 5.30pm and one for those aged 12 to 17 fortnightly on a Thursday between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.
Now, as well as raising funds to be able to provide the sessions and counselling for those who need it for free, she is also hoping to amass enough money to move into a more suitable building.
Anyone able to offer help can contact her at www.spiritualwellbeingcentre.com