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We specialise in working with children, young people and families, but also provide counselling for adults

Chief Executive

Janet Woodhouse

Janet Woodhouse joined Time to Listen in May 2019 and has subsequently fulfilled the roles of Administrator and Operational Service Manager. Janet was invited to become a Company Director in July 2021. Founder and former Chair, Gail Thornton handed over the responsibility of the day-to-day running of the company to Janet Woodhouse as CEO from 1st March 2023. Janet is currently progressing through the application to become the Ofsted Registered Manager for the Specialist Adoption Support Services that Time to Listen CIC provides.

Janet enjoyed a 25 year long career as a senior mental health nurse during which she achieved a BSc degree in Community Nursing (Mental Health), was awarded the qualification of Specialist Community Practitioner (Community Mental Health Nursing) and gained an MSc with Distinction in Health Professional Studies (Leadership) at the University of Hull. She also successfully developed a small self-employed business providing a range of support services to families in her local area.

In light of her career background and due to the fact that she is an adoptive parent herself, Janet is a well informed and proactive enthusiast of the range of therapeutic services offered by Time to Listen CIC.

Looking to the future, Janet and her team are determined to build on Gail Thornton’s legacy with an ambitious plan to ensure a vibrant and successful future for Time to Listen CIC.


Tel: 07920 036737

Email: janet.woodhouse@timetolisten.co.uk

Clinical Director

Julie White

Julie White joined Time to Listen as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in July 2016 and was was invited to become a Company Director in July 2021. Julie works closely with Janet Woodhouse, Director on a day-to-day basis to strive to achieve positive outcomes for clients and to collaboratively drive forward continuous service improvement.

As a senior therapist within the company, Julie works therapeutically with children, young people and families. She provides appropriate therapeutic interventions for a range of issues meeting the individual needs of those accessing the service.

Julie is a UKCP accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and is also working towards Certification as a Practitioner in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Julie is trained to deliver TDS (Towards a Dialectical Self) and CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model) to specifically assist those who are affected by trauma.

Julie is a warm, kind, caring therapist who values individuality. Her caring nature contributes to providing a safe environment for children to work though their concerns and issues. Julie is naturally drawn to working relationally as she holds the belief that as human beings we are wired for connection from conception. She believes healthy relationships with self and other are vital for healthy growth psychologically, socially, and emotionally.


Tel: 07508 845512



Non Executive Director

Chris Long

Chris started his career in the Army, attending the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 1979 and being commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.In the next 12 years he saw extensive service around the world including operational tours in Northern Ireland and active service during the First Gulf War.

He left the Army in 1991 to pursue a career in health service management and worked in a variety of roles in Yorkshire and the North East.His first chief executive role came in 2002, leading one of North Yorkshire’s newly created primary care trusts (PCTs). He came to Hull in 2004 as Chief Executive of the West Hull PCT and effectively stayed in Hull for the next 19 years as several reorganisations created bigger PCTs until their eventual abolition in the 2012 reforms.He served a brief period in NHS England before being appointed as the Chief Executive of the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2014, a role he occupied until his retirement in 2023.

Chris has always been a champion for Hull and the surrounding areas and has always been interested in improving the life chances for younger people.He was delighted to be accepted for the unpaid role of Non-Executive Director for Time to Listen CIC.

Chris is looking forward to consolidating and building upon Time to Listen’s valued partnerships and supporting new, collaborative initiatives. His role will be key in assisting the Time to Listen team to continue working towards the fulfilment of the company’s united vision to become the leading centre of therapeutic counselling services, enabling children, young people, adults, and families to personally develop and thrive.



Sue Morris

Deputy Clinical Lead

Sue Morris

Sue joined Time to Listen CIC as an Associate Counsellor after successfully completing her Student Counselling placement within Time to Listen. Working at Time to Listen has been imperative to her growth as a Counsellor as it has gained her the experience she has needed to support others.

Sue fulfils the Deputy Clinical Lead role within the company, working closely with Julie White, Clinical Director co-ordinating and maintaining oversight of the therapeutic provision provided to ensure the therapeutic interventions being offered are tailored to and are effectively meeting the client’s individual needs.

As an adoptive parent herself Sue has a special interest in working with individuals whose lives have been touched by adoption. She has overcome many hurdles within her own family and had to embrace an alternative way of parenting. She has also embraced family focused attachment therapy. Sue has seen first-hand the difference the correct therapy can make. Her experiences have directed her onto her counselling career path.

Sue is a member of the BACP and follows their Ethical Framework and has completed Levels 1 and 2 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) training. Sue has also completed training to provide TDS therapy (Towards a Dialectical Self).

She also continually seeks to increase her knowledge with regular Continuous Professional Development such as Connecting with Shame, Recognising and Healing Shame in Children and Adolescents, Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic and Working with Suicide and Self-harm and other courses and training.

She has completed a course of study and gained a certificate in Mindfulness and values this as its focuses upon living in the here and now.

Drawing upon her personal and professional experiences Sue offers a non-judgemental, honest and empathic counselling service for individuals who are facing life challenges and she believes that acknowledging emotions and feelings allows the individual to feel them which in turn allows a healing process to begin.



Tel: 07858916167

Daniel Gurr, Operations Assistant.

Operations Assistant

Daniel Gurr

Daniel Gurr joined Time to Listen CIC on 6th June 2022 as Operations Assistant. His role involves completing the companies bookkeeping duties working alongside the Senior Administrator and the Directors. This is a new and exciting career opportunity for Dan after his apprenticeship at Mercedes-Benz was unexpectedly thwarted within the COVID pandemic.

Dan is applying his own personal experiences within his team role. He is also excited to learn and develop the necessary business management skills to support the smooth and efficient running of Time to Listen CIC.



Mobile: 07508 493401

Associate Counsellor and Founder of Time to Listen CIC

Gail Thornton

Gail Thornton founded Time to Listen in 2013 to continue providing essential therapeutic services to those in need. After 10 years of dedication, she has now stepped down as CEO but will remain as an Associate Counsellor for the organisation alongside her own private practice. She is a DDP Practitioner and supervisor, experienced person-centred counsellor and trauma therapist.


Tel: 07810 503830

Email: gail.thornton@timetolisten.co.uk


Towards a Dialectical Self (TDS) - Trauma Therapy 2022

Comprehensive Resource Model CRM - Trauma Therapy 2019

DDP Practitioner • DDP connects UK • 2017

Dyadic Developmental DDP Psychotherapy • Network London • 2016

Registered Attachment Focused Counsellor • Barnardos 2013

Registered Adoption Counsellor • Barnardos • 2013

Senior Accredited Psychotherpist Children and Young People • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) • 2013

Certificate in Therapeutic Play • London Institute for Arts • 2012

Masters in Counselling Children and Young People • Nottingham University • 2011

Certificate in Supervisory Management • Hull City Council • 2009

Certificate in Counselling Supervision • Newcastle Jenny Biancardi Consultancy • 2008

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming Therapist (EMDR) • York EMDR Workshops Ltd • 2007

BACP Accredited Counsellor • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) • 2007

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling • York St John • 2005

Diploma in Hypnotherapy • Northern Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapists • 2000

Certificate in Counselling • York St John • 2000

BSc (Hons) Psychology • Open University • 1998

Certificate in Education: Further Education (Cert Ed) • Nottingham Trent University • 1996

Associate Counsellor

Samantha Vizor

Samantha joined the Time to Listen team as a student counsellor in 2017 and became an Associate Counsellor in July 2018 after she achieved her Masters in Relationship Therapy and Art Psychotherapy.

Samantha is a BACP accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor. Samantha works therapeutically with individuals and families with Time to Listen after completed training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Samantha is passionate about attachment and so works with developing relationships therapeutically and in helping parents and children build trusting relationships. Samantha delivers Therapeutic Parenting Training, Art Therapy, CRM, Individual counselling and DDP.

Samantha has experience working with couples and families through Relate for over 4 years and also offers therapeutic support through the NHS. After doing placements for her therapeutic training at a residential home and a nursery, Samantha is able to meet the needs of all ages. Samantha is committed to continuing professional development, especially in areas of attachment, relationships, trauma and regulation. Samantha is warm, friendly and empathic.

Samantha understands the significance of working creatively as her training has focused on how the brain is stimulated when being creative and how it can be used as an outlet to express and process. Especially with young children, there is more opportunity to create new neural pathways with creative methods. Samantha combines her knowledge of attachment, PACCE and Art Psychotherapy to meet the needs of clients. Samantha is a member of the BACP and is committed to following their Ethical Framework.

MA Relationship Therapy
MA Art Psychotherapy.
DDP Level 1 and 2
Working with Families creatively certificate

Telephone: 07513168282


Associate Counsellor

Julie Dimmack

Julie works predominantly as a person-centred therapist and works creatively using elements of other approaches to meet the client’s individual needs. She is experienced in working with children, young people, adults and families. She has worked at various organisations, schools and colleges which has given her the experience and knowledge she holds today.

Julie qualified in 2015 to level 4 therapeutic counselling and has achieved numerous certificates supporting her continuous professional development to enable her further knowledge working with the vulnerable, young and older clients with mental, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Julie’s person-centred background offers a warm non-judgemental trusting safe space, enabling the therapeutic relationship to form and promote change.

Email: julie.dimmack@timetolisten.co.uk

Tel: 07715 328455

Marie Lupton — Associate Counsellor

Associate Counsellor

Marie Lupton

Marie joined the Time to Listen team as an Associate Counsellor in February 2019.

Marie is a BACP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor and is also a Social Worker registered with Social Work England. Marie works therapeutically with individuals and families having completed training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Marie also works as an independent Social Worker and therapist specialising in working with fostering and adoption. Marie is contracted by various agencies to support and train families, foster carers and staff who work with children who are, or who have been through the looked after care system. Marie works from an attachment/ trauma perspective and delivers Therapeutic Parenting Training, effective interventions and PACE courses.

Marie also works for The Fostering Network as an advocate working on behalf of Foster Carers who had allegations/complaints made against them.

Marie became involved with therapeutic parenting when she worked in residential care and was supporting children with complex needs. Marie believes it is vital to promote better outcomes for children who have suffered early life trauma and this can be achieved by significantly improving the consistency and quality of support available to all parents regardless whether they are Foster Carers, Adopters, Kinship Carers, Special Guardians, Step Parents, or Birth parents.

Marie has particular interests in relational trauma and attachment and this is reflected in her commitment to continuing professional development which has included Comprehensive Resource Modelling (CRM) and Hypnotherapy. Marie is compassionate, respectful and empathic. Marie works in an integrative way but her main model is Transactional Analysis (TA) the ethos of which is everyone has the capacity to think, change and is equal to all others.

Marie has completed a Diploma in Transactional Analysis and Psychotherapeutic Counselling and is a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Marie has completed DDP Level 1 and 2 training and delivers Nurturing and Foundations for Attachment training among other topics.

Marie holds a diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and has completed Comprehensive Resource Modelling (CRM) training.

Marie is a member of BACP and Social Work England and is committed to following their Ethical Frameworks.

Telephone: 07446 323324


Associate Counsellor

Vanessa Tyler

Vanessa has joined Time To Listen as an Associate Counsellor. She is a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

Vanessa is currently studying for her Foundation Degree in Contemporary Approaches to Counselling including Development and Attachment Theories, Advanced Research, Advances Professional Practice, Online and Telephone working, CBT and 3rd Wave CBT, CFT, Mindfulness, Trauma and Contemporary working Models of Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Bereavement.

Vanessa has volunteered over the past ten years for various charities. The charities include Aim Higher as a Representative and Advocate, KIDS Charity as a befriender, Home-Start working with families who have children under five. These charities support children and their families, she also can take from her experience as a parent of individuals with a disability. Vanessa undertook her placement training with Inner Child Potential working with those affected by abuse, rape, sexual trauma or other childhood trauma.

Vanessa is a fully trained Cruse Bereavement Care support worker. She also has voluntary experience in The Elvin Centre which is a part of Aspire Academy providing emotional support to pupils.

Vanessa is a member of BACP including working with Children, Young People and Family. She is committed to following the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions.

Vanessa is a friendly warm, non-judgemental person who uses her compassion, knowledge and skills as a Person-Centred counsellor to help her clients to facilitate positive change.

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Behaviour that Challenges Level 2

Understanding Autism Level 2

Cruse Bereavement Care Support Foundation Course.

Associate Counsellor

Michaela Kendall

Michaela joined time to listen in 2019 whilst completing her placement with York St John. She is now an integrative therapist working to build a strong therapeutic relationship that is free of judgement. Michaela believes that being accepted and listened too plays a key role in healing and makes this a priority. She works by offering a warm and inviting place where clients are able to bring their worries, stresses and past traumas in a space that is safe. Together with the client Michaela will help to unpack and explore what is present in each session with the hope to create greater self awareness and inner confidence that promotes a more fulfilled and connected relationships with others.

Michaela has completed her postgraduate diploma in counselling at York St John University, and a level 1 within Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP). Previously She has gained a degree in psychology with Leeds Beckett.

Michaela is interested in person centred and gestalt techniques always aiming to work in the present moment and attend to the felt sense. She believes when we attend to this part of ourselves and have the courage to be seen, we can grow and heal.

Contact: 07749637289

Email: michaela.kendall@timetolisten.co.uk

Associate Counsellor

Lynette Booth-Malone

Lynette Booth-Malone been at Time to Listen (TTL) as a student counsellor since November 2019, she graduated from Coventry University Scarborough her BA in Integrated Counselling with a First Class Honours in 2021. Lynette has gained a place at TTL as an Associate Counsellor and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Since 2010 Lynette has been a Local Authority Foster Carer and Support Assistant for both a young person with cerebral palsy and an elderly disabled lady. In the past he has worked in a factory, in insurance, recruitment and has worked in party plan to support her young family. Before having her family she served in the Light Infantry of the Territorial Army and worked in a Book showroom near the Barbican in London for three years.

She is committed to training and courses attended include: Domestic Violence and Children's Needs, Attachment, Mental Health and Substance Misuse, Substance Misuse and the Impact on Children, Working with children who have been sexually abused and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (Families). She recently completed Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Training and looks to complete Level 2 in the New Year.

She started Counselling Level 1 and 2 Skills with a local college to supplement her fostering training and experienced the impact it had on her relationships with the children she cared for. She and her family have shared their home with in excess of 18 children with various lengths of stay from 1 night to 6 1/2 years. Experiences of children going home to birth family, supporting children going onto adoption, gaining 'permanence' and having adopted herself make her an experiential practitioner here at Time to Listen.

Contact: 07702 890591


Associate Counsellor

Mary Moverley

Mary joined Time to Listen as an Associate Counsellor after completing a student placement as part of her Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

As a parent carer and a former governor of a local school for children with additional needs, Mary has been actively involved in supporting families on a one-to-one and a group basis for many years. Having witnessed and experienced first-hand the struggles and complexities of family life, she trained in counselling to empower her to use her experiences to help others. She has had an active role in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing within the local community, speaking at several professional training events.

Primarily working within a Person-Centred Approach, Mary has an acute awareness of what it means to truly listen and acknowledge someone’s pain, enabling her to offer a compassionate, non-judgemental, and confidential space within the context of a trusting therapeutic relationship.

As part of Mary’s role at Time to Listen, she has completed Levels 1 & 2 in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, enabling her to work therapeutically with children, young people, and families, and is also trained to deliver TDS (Towards a Dialectical Self) Therapy to those affected by trauma.

Mary continually strives to increase her knowledge through Continuous Professional Development. She successfully completed the Bereavement Support Foundation Course whilst volunteering with Cruse Bereavement Care.

Recent training in Relational Integrative Psychotherapy has inspired an interest in how our experiences with our earliest caregivers can shape our expectations in all of our relationships, enabling Mary to support people to consider the development and usefulness of their own relational patterns.

Mary is a registered member of the BACP and follows their ethical framework.




Tel: 07507 683522

Ryan Reed, Associate Counsellor

Associate Counsellor

Ryan Reed

Ryan joined Time to Listen in April 2022 as an associate counsellor. He has a degree in Psychology and English and a level 6 in Integrative Transactional Analysis psychotherapeutic Counselling. Ryan is currently working towards his level 7 as a Psychotherapist.

He has a background in working with trauma and through his experiences firmly believes that agreed change is always possible. He likes to work in an integrative way drawing on a number of different modes to explore how disowned, unaware, unresolved aspects of the personality can affect our here and now relationships and how we live life today. He is a firm believer in the philosophy of positive intent which he believes creates the ideal condition to promote internal connection and harmony helping us all to bring the self back into balance.



Janice Quinn

Associate Counsellor

Janice Quinn

Janice has worked as a Pastoral Manager for approximately 10 years, working in secondary schools with students aged 11-17yrs and more recently she has side stepped to work with children who are in Foster Care.

Janice has counselled in bereavement and has spent many years supporting children and young people through difficult and challenging times. Janice wants to assure her clients that she will be non-judgemental in her approach, honest and trustworthy and that her clients will be treated with respect. Janice hopes her clients can find comfort in sharing their anxieties with her and together a good therapeutic relationship can be developed.

Janice has a person-centred approach in counselling and she is registered with the British Association for Counselling Professions, which helps to ensure that her work is conducted within a recognised professional ethical framework that protects both counsellor and client. She offers a confidential environment for the individual to explore and reflect on their thoughts and feelings; no matter how difficult the person may think this will be. Janice will support people and will help enable them to make more informed choices to improve their quality of life.

Janice is a qualified Person-Centred counsellor with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a Foundation Degree in Contemporary Approaches to Counselling and a Degree in Health and Social Welfare. She has previously supported The Samaritans and CRUSE Bereavement Services; working with Adults and Young People.



Associate Counsellor

Magda Laskowska

Hello, thank you for visiting my profile. Hope you get an idea of what I offer and how I support you. I am an experienced and certified psychotherapy counsellor and a psychotherapist who works with individual clients, couples, both adults and teenagers. My working style is warm, empathetic and supportive and I am extremely passionate about working with my clients.

I offer sessions in a variety of ways to meet your needs, whether online, outdoors or face-to-face. I work relationally and creatively bringing together many disciplines such as transactional analysis, attachment theory, polyvagal theory, and trauma-informed therapy and many more. I am particularly interested in childhood trauma, domestic violence / abuse, loss and death. I also have experience of anxiety, mental health, divorce, and separation.

In my opinion counselling and therapy is not about fixing you or finding what is wrong with you. It is about understanding, finding, clarifying and helping you to work through complex, difficult emotions. Trauma and traumatic experiences can be something you have kept as a "secret" for too long or they are still affecting your life one way or another. In our sessions I will support you to talk about your experiences without judgement and within the confidentiality agreement.

I think the key to successful psychotherapy lies in the relationship between the client and the therapist. In this sense, I empathise and work relationally at your own pace. I respect and appreciate that your experience is unique to you and understand how difficult it is to find support. I look forward to welcoming you to my therapy space and will make sure you feel comfortable from the moment you contact me.

I believe that we all have the right to be heard and understand. By providing ethical and empathic therapeutic relationships, I will help you to find your own healing path and make changes towards your personal growth and well-being.

I am Accredited member of register body of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I speak fluent Polish and English language.

Training and qualifications:

Registered and Accredited Member of UKCP
Diploma in Integrative and Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Tools in Mental Health
Certificate in Working with Groups
MA in Clinical Psychology
Supporting pupils at schools NVQ2

Mobile: 07775 698031



Associate Counsellor

Anandi Nathu

Anandi joined the Time to Listen team in October 2022 as a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Trainee Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. Having now successfully achieved her Diploma in Integrative and Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling qualification, Anandi has transitioned into an Associate Counsellor role within the company.

Anandi’s therapeutic approach is to ensure a positive change in clients using conceptual tools that promote personal change to live the life that one desires. She utilises an integrative and transactional analysis approach by applying a range of psychotherapeutic techniques that are tailored towards the client’s specific needs to help them gain a deeper insight into their life circumstances, behaviours, thoughts and feelings that they might not have been aware of before, providing them with greater self-awareness and understanding of their relationships with others.

Anandi has a background in medicine having spent numerous years caring for patients and an in-depth understanding of mental health difficulties, she uses a systematic approach in therapy to integrate the mind and body in planning a therapeutic plan to produce an effective outcome. Her interest in Psychotherapy peaked while working within the healthcare setting as she saw it as an opportunity to understand, process and help clients identify the root of their difficulties that might be preventing them from living a fulfilling life.

Anandi works in a mental health setting helping people in crisis situations and volunteers as a therapist in a local psychotherapy service for people having difficulties accessing therapy. She sees it as a privilege to be allowed into the individual’s internal world, explore past issues that impacts their present day life. She understands that the hardest step is seeking support for one’s mental wellbeing and provides guidance during this process as well as builds a therapeutic relationship which forms the foundation on which a client can connect with and get the most from therapy.

Anandi provides a safe, non-judgemental and compassionate space to help clients find long term solutions to their emotional difficulties whilst feeling supported throughout the journey. She engages in regular continuing professional development (CPD) in trauma, phobias, cultural issues, anxiety, grief, depression, stress and relationships.

Anandi abides by the UKCP Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.


Diploma in Integrative and Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling qualification

Advanced Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy Certificate (Yr1)

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

Degree in Doctor of Medicine

Applied suicide intervention Skills (ASIST)

Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA England)

Mobile: 07500 472 176



Associate Counsellor

Ellie Aistrop

Ellie successfully completed the Foundation Degree for Contemporary Approaches to Counselling with University of Hull, delivered at East Riding College in July 2023.

Ellie adopts a person centred approach within her counselling practice. This means Ellie works in an honest, non-judgmental and empathic way, respecting the right to individuality, positive regard and choices, whilst staying client focused, recognising the need for positive change and building a trusting therapeutic relationship. Ellie believes everyone has the right to good emotional health and this is why Ellie chose to pursue counselling as a career. Ellie completed her Student Counselling Placement within Time to Listen and chose to continue working within the company as an Associate Counsellor, after gaining her Foundation Degree.

Ellie enjoys walking her dog, baking, reading and listening to music, especially Taylor Swift!



Contact Number: 07989 290744

Associate Counsellor / Trainee Counselling Psychologist

Miranda Ledger-Thorne

Miranda joined Time to Listen in April 2021 on a student placement while studying for her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Teesside University. She has previous experience of working as a Mental Health Recovery Worker where she supported people with severe mental health difficulties in a crisis and respite accommodation, and she has also volunteered with Samaritans.

Miranda uses different therapeutic modalities such as attachment theory and psychodynamic therapy to create an unique therapeutic experience for each client that is suited to their needs. She uses a warm, empathic, and non-judgemental approach to build a strong therapeutic relationship with each client to help them with their mental health.

Level 1, 2, and 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills 2019/2020 East Riding College

Psychology, BSc (Hons) 2019 University of Hull



Associate Counsellor

Tracey Bonelle

Tracey is a registered member of the BACP and works as an integrative, person centred counsellor with over 20 years experience of working with children, young people and adults in variety of settings including the NHS.

She has extensive experience of working integratively with many issues including those around anxiety, stress and depression, childhood trauma and relationships.



Mobile: 07835 964530

Associate Counsellor

Andy McDonald



M: 07783 553838

Trainee Psychotherapist

Lucy Robinson

Lucy joined Time to Listen as a Trainee Psychotherapist in March 2023.

Lucy adopts a warm, understanding, and empathic approach, with the belief we all have the strengths to explore and improve our lives to empower change. Lucy creates an inclusive, non-judgemental, safe place to help build a trusting therapeutic relationship. Lucy has valued experience of working within Addictions, Criminal Justice and Community Mental Health Services.

Lucy utilises an integrative approach with Transactional Analysis being her preferred model. Lucy works in a holistic way, valuing the whole person, supporting their emotional, social, mental and physical well-being, applying a range of psychotherapeutic techniques that are specific to the individual’s goals and needs.

Lucy is a member of The Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Centre and abides by the ethical principles and code of conduct of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Lucy is working towards her Diploma in Integrative and Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling.



Student Counsellor

Ruth Scott

After completing a Level 3 Teaching Assistant course in July 2021 I was left with a desire to learn more. Although I enjoyed the job I felt I had more to offer, this desire to learn how I could support others led me to consider counselling. In September 2021 I enrolled on the level 2 Counselling Skills course at East Riding College, I went on to complete level 2 in December 2021 and Level 3 in July 2022, I’m now enrolled on the foundation degree course ‘Contemporary Approaches in Counselling’. This foundation of learning has given me the skills and desire to pursue a career in counselling. The thing I have found the most compelling in this role is the opportunity to learn and develop relationships. Although I have found this overwhelming at times, through continued development and knowledge of self-awareness, I feel I am growing not only as a student counsellor but also as a person.

I am a kind, accepting, open minded, non-judgemental and positive person, I have always loved working with people as you will be able to see from my past job roles. I worked as a swimming teacher for over 12 years prior to starting my degree. During this time I worked with children, young people and adults. The job wasn’t just about teaching swimming techniques, it was about building and developing relationships, listening and communicating in age appropriate language that was relatable to the student or students. I worked closely with my students to ensure their needs were met and supported throughout their time with me, some required more support and patience than others. I worked with people from all walks of life from people with disabilities, different religions, mental health issues, confidence issues, gender identity issues, some privileged and some not so, some more challenging than others, some more capable than they would ever believe. I treat them all with the same amount of respect and dignity and learnt to work with them in a manner tailored to their needs. At times this also involved communicating and working alongside parents, teachers, carers or other support networks, occasionally my role also required me to report safeguarding issues to the relevant authorities.

I have worked as a singer songwriter for over 7 years, this is a hobby that I’ve been lucky to pursue professionally (although I’m not going to lie, hardly get any money for). I love writing, whether it be a song, poem or journaling, I personally find this can be a really therapeutic experience, a way to express yourself with no limits as to what you can or cannot say, I feel sometimes things can be easier to write down than say, journalling has also helped me to gain perspective and recognise my own patterns of behaviour. I worked on a project called Thee Minute Heros for The Warren a few years ago, they worked with some young people doing free writing. I was asked to read the students work, choose one and turn the words into a song. The album which featured other Hull artists was a really amazing project to be involved with and I felt lucky to be part of it. Being trusted to put personal words into a song felt like a real privalidege and something I’d love to get involved with again to be honest.

After working for the same company for over 22 years, earlier this year I left to complete my foundation degree in counselling. It’s honestly the first time in my life that I have felt like I’m doing something that I really want to pursue as a career. I genuinely find people interesting, I love listening and giving people the opportunity to be heard. Completing level 2 and 3 really gave me the confidence to push myself, learning and gaining understanding as to how to use the person centred skills we have been developing, in a genuine manner that is relatable and true to who I am. I’m aware I’ve got a lot more to learn, but I feel the foundation of skills I have acquired through my past job roles, the courses I have completed, the counselling course I’m currently undertaking and my personal qualities are enabling me to gain, maintain and develop personal relationships that ultimately have the clients best interests at heart. I would be really grateful to be considered for a placement at your establishment.

Mobile: 07712 736793



Student Counsellor

Sarah Evans

Thanks for taking the time to read my profile, I hope it helps you get to know me a little. I’m Sarah, and I am a Trainee Counsellor with Time to Listen. Although counselling is a new career path for me, I have always loved working with people, and listening to their stories. I’m kind, compassionate, warm, and non-judgemental. I bring 25 years’ experience of supporting people to reach their potential, working in both private business and Secondary school roles. I’m excited and privileged to now have the opportunity to support people through my placement here.

I am in my first year of a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at East Riding College, having successfully completed the Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills there in 2022. Prior to this I completed a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills which began my passion for counselling. In my school role, I am the Senior Mental Health lead and a Mental Health First Aider; I have experience of providing support for staff and students sensitively and non-judgementally, and am calm in a crisis. I am a student member of the BACP, which means I am committed to working ethically, and respecting confidentiality, equality and diversity.

My approach to counselling is Person-Centred in focus, which means I believe everyone has the capacity to build positive change for themselves as an individual, with the right support. I will work with you empathically, non-judgementally, and kindly to help you to explore what you choose to bring within a safe space. I believe a trusting therapeutic relationship is a powerful way of discovering ways to improve wellbeing, without being told what to do; it’s about you finding the right answers for you.

I have a messy, loud, loving blended family, including 2 children, 2 bonus children, and a grown up step-daughter. I love animals and have a house-full, who contribute to the chaos, and I enjoy horse-riding and reading.

I have a strong interest in trauma and attachment, and in relationships/families, stress/anxiety and eating disorders. I enjoy yoga and would like to learn more about somatic therapy, and my dream would be to open an equine therapy practice one day.

Student Counsellor

Helen Cass

Helen joined Time to Listen as a student counsellor in May 2023, whilst studying for a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. She has a background in education, having worked as a teacher for 12 years. This has provided a valuable insight into some of the challenges faced by children, young people and their families, and ways they can be supported through these.

Helen uses a person-centred approach to counselling, focussing on building a compassionate, supportive relationship with clients and providing a safe environment in which they may explore their feelings without judgement.

Student Counsellor

Katie Knapp

Katie is a Student Counsellor at Time to Listen and is currently in her second and final year of studying for a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Katie is new to the counselling profession but has nine years of ongoing experience supporting children with special educational needs. In this role, Katie works with children who have complex emotional and physical needs and has built strong relationships with their parents or carers, as well as other professionals.

This experience and the experience of becoming a parent herself during the first Covid lockdown, has led Katie to the belief that more support is needed in schools and the wider community when it comes to wellbeing. She feels strongly that everyone deserves the right to access counselling, and this is one of the main reasons she applied to work for Time to Listen, because of their shared values and beliefs.

Katie’s approach to Counselling is Person-Centred, so it is completely focused on you the client and based on the foundations of you and her building a positive relationship in a safe and supportive environment, free from pressure and without judgement.

Email: katie.knapp@timetolisten.co.uk

Student Counsellor

Helen Catterall

Helen is a trainee counsellor at Time to Listen. Although counselling represents a career change for her, Helen has always had a passion for working with people and taking the time to understand them. With a background as a teacher in adult education spanning many years, she has had the privilege of working with a wide range of people and helping them to unlock their full potential. Whether in the counselling room or classroom, she is dedicated to providing a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate space for people to share their stories.

Helen’s counselling approach is Person-Centred, reflecting her belief that every person has the potential for positive self-growth when provided with the right support. Helen approaches counselling sessions with empathy and kindness to establish a safe environment for clients to explore the subjects they wish to address.

Helen is currently in the second year of a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at East Riding College, having successfully completed Level 3. As a student member of the BACP, she is committed to working ethically and respecting confidentiality, equality and diversity.

At home, Helen shares her life with her son, partner and their loyal Labrador. She is known for her creative, positive and energetic outlook on life, which she channels into outdoor activities like running and walking.



Student Counsellor

Jessie Netherton

Following Jessie’s recent study at East Riding College in which she successfully completed the Level 3 Counselling Skills she is now completing the MA in Humanistic Integrative Counselling at York St John’s University. Jessie is enjoying studying and applying humanistic models of counselling and seeing how much they apply to positive and progressive support with clients. She is a member of the BACP and believes in working ethically and non-judgementally whilst respecting confidentiality, equality and diversity.

Counselling is a career change for Jess, she is a registered social worker and for the past 14 years has worked within different areas of social work support including children and families, domestic violence and more recently end of life care. She came to the decision to change career based on her strong belief that kindness, empathy and a safe environment can be the catalyst to positive change and that everyone should be given the opportunity for this.

Her personal and professional passions are around positive support for girls and young women, relationships/family dynamics and the importance of good end of life care and the impact this can have on families and loved ones. At home, she is a partner, a mum to a wonderful little girl, dog-mum to a very old rescue dog and keeper of chickens. Her favourite role is being a mum and she cherishes family time. She enjoys baking, long walks with her partner and cycle rides with her daughter.

Email: jessie.netherton@timetolisten.co.uk

Mobile: 07725531497

Student Counsellor

Krysti Gutherless

Student Counsellor Krysti Gutherless is a Student Counsellor joining Time to Listen from June 2024. Krysti is currently studying at East Riding College for her Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Krysti has already completed her Level 2 and 3 Counselling Skills qualifications. These were completed by June 2023.

Krysti is a student member of the BACP, this helps her development by ensuring she is working safely and ethically.

Krysti is a warm, friendly, confident family woman who strives to offer the best therapy she can by tailoring to individual's needs. As Krysti works within a person-centred modality, she will provide you with a safe and confidential space to freely discuss whatever you choose too.

Becoming a Counsellor is a whole new career path for Krysti as she is a successful businessman of nearly 30 years, owning a company and now currently working self employed within the hairdressing industry. Krysti often says she has learnt her skills over the years dealing closely, one-to-one with her clients. Krysti is also a befriender for a local charity that provides support to bereaved families. She has been supporting families and parents for over eight years. As a bereaved parent herself she has heartfelt compassion to offer. Her aim now is to help and support as many people as possible, and continue with her learning to strive to be the best she can be.



M: 07943872121

Student Counsellor

Jodie Holmes

Jodie Is a student counsellor, currently studying for Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. A person-centred approach is core to this training, and Jodie is a student member of the BACP, ensuring she is working ethically and safely.

After being self employed for many years Jodie wanted to change direction and embark on a new career path working to help others. After initially considering a career in social work back in 2013, the desire to help people never left her and she has committed to developing her counselling skills. As a working mum of three children, Jodie especially understands the importance of diversity and family dynamics, and understands the positive difference that therapy can make. Jodie feels that often the people who struggle to access therapy could benefit the most from it. She is passionate about making therapy accessible, and believes in the power of therapy to bring about positive change. Intending to continuously seek out professional development, Jodie is focused on increasing her knowledge and experience to understand the issues that people may be facing. Person-centred therapy is based upon the idea that everyone has the capacity to know what is best for them. Within this, she offers a warm non-judgemental, supportive and safe environment where her clients are able to explore issues collaboratively in the spirit of being heard and accepted.



Mobile: 07473 760185