Meet our Practitioners


Laurie McLlellan

Hi I’m Laurie, I’m a qualified primary teacher and passionate about wellbeing. I work with my rescue dog, Willow, doing wellbeing interventions for young people. We have worked both in and out of schools together. 


I have lots of experience working with people and more recently with animals too: I have taught primary school children in the past and I now work as a counsellor and a counselling tutor. 

With Paws I have welcomed the opportunity to work therapeutically with young people and my dog! This has been in schools and also 1-1 walk and talks. I also run Mental Health First Aider courses. 


Kirsty Elliot-Walker

Hi I’m Kirsty! (she/her). I’m a qualified counsellor with experience working with young people and adults. I’ve recently joined the PAWS team working therapeutically with an incredible dog! I support alongside young people in children’s homes and 1:1 walk and talks.  I have a great passion in well-being and anything dog related! I believe these both goes hand in hand to allow us to begin to heal, grow and achieve our potential.