We are former public sector employees who have spent many years providing a counselling and therapeutic service for Children and Young People funded by the local authority (YPSS Counselling and Therapeutic Service). In 2010 we were instrumental in the service becoming the only independent British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapist (BACP) accredited counselling service in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The BACP is the leading professional body for counselling and psychotherapy and participates in the development of this profession at a national and international level.
The service was committed to meeting the needs of children and young people in Hull by providing an approach that was respectful of and responsive to the clients preferences, needs and values, and ensuring that these principles guided all decisions. In addition to our person-centred counselling, we specialised in providing play therapy, with a dedicated play therapy room, as well as offering Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming (EMDR), a specific approach for resolving the symptoms of traumatic and other disturbing life experiences.
As the local authority has brought the YPSS Counselling and Therapeutic service to an end, we have set up Time to Listen, a ‘not for profit’ organisation, which continues to be committed to children and young people. Their mental health remains a priority ensuring support and early intervention to enable and maintain their emotional wellbeing. We are staying in the same city centre premises, to ensure continuity for referring agencies. It is also a discrete location to ensure the clients autonomy and confidentiality.
We have risen to the challenge of seeing decreasing funding throughout the public sector, which has had a direct impact on the Council provided services we developed. Time to Listen is the result of meeting that challenge, and by standing on our own two feet as a privately run not for profit organisation, we are certain we can continue to develop and improve counselling and therapeutic services to children and young people.
Gail is an experienced Person-Centred psychotherapist/counsellor and supervisor with children and young people. Her first degree is in Psychology, which she achieved through the Open University, going on to gaining her Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling at York St John. Gail went on to study for her Certificate in Supervision with Jenny Biancardi in Newcastle as well as training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) a trauma and phobia therapy. More recently she has achieved her Masters in Counselling Children and Young People at Nottingham University in addition to gaining her Certificate in Therapeutic Play studying with Margot Sunderland at The Institute for Arts, in London. She is also a registered Adoption Counsellor.
Gail has been instrumental in the setting up of the YPSS Counselling and Therapeutic Service for Hull City Council, working with children and young people living in Hull. She was also responsible for the service gaining BACP Accreditation, the first independent service to do so in Hull and East Riding.
Working with Children and Young People is Gail’s passion and has led her to set up this ‘Not for Profit’ organisation. With the access to free specialised counselling services being withdrawn Gail felt that it was important to continue this essential work. She is very self-motivated, enthusiastic and committed; she enjoys being involved in projects and different types of Counselling. She is able to positively encourage and empower others in a meaningful and non-tokenistic way.
“Gail has a genuine, positive, polite, honest and fun personality and is always approachable and is a great asset to counselling. A lot of the young people she works with have very complex and challenging needs and often includes having to work with dysfunctional and extended family members. She has a very good understanding of the challenges and risks faced in terms of social exclusion, depravation and isolation so is able to gain their trust and build up a good rapport to form very positive relationships.”
Gail treats all clients with respect and adheres to strict confidentiality. Gail is a member of the BACP and follows their guidelines and Code of Ethics — Registration No. 016081 on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.