Self Space was founded in 2018 by Jodie Cariss, based on a growing need for accessible, contemporary mental health support.
Jodie was shortly joined by Chance Marshall as Founding Partner and together they have grown the start up out of a small workshop in Shoreditch with only a few therapists, to sites across the UK and with a growing team of 45 registered therapists and a vibrant support team including a Community Manager, Head of Partnerships, Business Manager right through to tech support and finance.
Jodie heads up the therapy team and operations. She retains her own client base and is dedicated to supporting people. She is a Therapist with over 16 years experience and a Tavistock trained executive coach. She believes in solving genuine problems with innovative solutions, understanding human behaviours and real life challenges to pave a way forward for change. She is dedicated to growing awareness and raising the profile of mental health and in supporting individuals, groups and companies to be the best version of themselves.
Beginning her career as a children’s television presenter she continued her academic training some years later to train as therapist, teaming her therapeutic work for The Learning Trust Specialist Intervention Team with a private therapeutic practice and corporate consultancy, working with leading global creative and media agencies to develop models that promote social and cultural change. She believes her role is to support and illuminate a journey towards reaching full potential both personal and collective. Jodie consults on podcasts, radio, TV and editorial, speaking within her expertise.
Chance has dynamic experience as a therapist, manager, facilitator and writer. He is passionate about creating a vocabulary and spaces for mental health support that is accessible and destigmatising. As well as holding a client caseload, Chance leads on digital content, design brand partnerships, and heads up Self Space’s psychoeducation programme which deliveres talks, trainings and workshops to organisations on mental health and wellbeing. An interest in organisational psychology and unconscious dynamics at work has led him to work with senior leaders and employees at Google, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), Spotify, Stella McCartney, Depop and others.
As a HCPC registered Dramatherapist, he has in-depth experiential and theoretical knowledge of creative art forms, alongside robust clinical training in psychological approaches and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Chance has a background in adult mental health, addiction services, education and in working with unaccompanied minor refugee and asylum seekers. Before becoming a therapist, he made performance works for Channel 4, Northern Film and Media and The Blatic.
They say of each other...
We know Sigmund Freud would be turning in his grave, but these are the faces of two Founders who could never have adopted the psychoanalytic "blank slate".
This is Jodie:
"Founder, therapist and boss. What I know about Jodie is that she is a force of nature with unparalleled drive and ambition. Creative, quick-thinking, forever curious, stubborn and always rebellious. Working with her is like running alongside a whirlwind on stilts. There is no telling her what to do, but she is never afraid of getting it wrong and always owns her decisions.She demonstrates good leadership by modelling imperfection, not perfection. I know that she is gritty, I know that she loves her kids and I know that she would drink a picanté faster than most people."
This is Chance:
"Founding Partner, therapist and the person who has been writing the content for this platform. What I know about Chance is… that he is present! He creates environments that feel safe, tended to and exciting by just being in them. He has the most incredible ability to get to the core. To name what he's feeling and bring it into the room in a way that can totally transform a situation/ conversation from nonsense bullshit to real meaning. He works like a farm horse and he’ll often be working at ridiculous times. His appetite for doing is unparalleled to anyone I’ve ever worked with. He's magnetic. From the first email in my inbox it was impossible not to be compelled, interested and sold. He’s a complete and total control freak!
His own story stops my heart and humbles me. I feel blessed, confident and energised to work alongside him and proud to drink a picanté next to him."
They have over 40 corporate partners in the Self space camp and are growing - all committed to supporting their staff through sessions, workshops, talks and training.
They’ve presented at Stylist Live, have a guest spot on Laura Whitmore’s BBC Radio show, have appeared on podcasts such as Reggie Yates’ and Protein and have popped up therapy spaces within Soho House and Soho Works.
We have an engaged community of 35k + on social media. We’ve been featured in The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Evening Standard and are releasing a book with Penguin Books in 2022.
They have also kept (nearly) all of the Self Space plants alive!