Counselling and Therapeutic Service


Formerly the YPSS Counselling and Therapeutic Service

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 Thornton – the founder of Time to Listen

Gail Thornton MA, Registered MBACP counsellor
Senior Accredited Counsellor for 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 With the access to free specialised counselling services being withdrawn Gail felt that it was important to continue this essential work.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.

Time to Listen Limited

Premier House, Ferensway, Kingston upon Hull HU1 3UF

T: 01482 588788 M: 07810 503830 E: Time to Listen email link

Registered in England 855757
Gail Thornton — Registration No. 016081 on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.

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