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HYCS offers a BACP-accredited counselling service - all of our counsellors are carefully selected, DBS checked, professionally trained and clinically supervised.

Read on to find out more about the teams who support our service:

HYCS' Trustees help to give direction to the charity and are ultimately responsible for its activities. The Trustees' skills and experience are invaluable to the further development and growth of HYCS.  

LIZ HASSOCK

CHAIRPERSON


Liz has been associated with HYCS since 2002, when she became Principal Youth Officer in Hounslow. Liz is now retired and living in Leicestershire but her support for HYCS remains.Liz has been Chair of

Trustees for 9 years, and this will be the final year of her tenure, if elected.Her priorities for the coming yearis to consolidate the change of status to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and enable HYCS to have security for the future.

CAROLYN BARTLETT
TRUSTEE MEMBER
Carolyn is a Senior Civil Servant at the Home Office, with experience of strategy and policy development and delivery across a number of government departments.   She has foundation level counselling training and is a qualified coach. As well as her involvement in HYCS, she mentors a child in care.

AMANDA BRADY
COUNSELLOR REPRESENTATIVE
Awaiting profile.

HOLLY CRITCHLEY
SECRETARY


Holly works on the Schools Team at the Education and Employers Charity, where she supports teachers with planning career aspiration opportunities for their students. She aims to help young people broaden their horizons and break down gender stereotypes, enabling all young people to pursue their aspirations. Holly joined HYCS in January 2019 as minutes-secretary on the committee. 

ALEX DOIG
TRUSTEE MEMBER
Dr Alex Doig works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Richmond Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  Prior to this he was an Adolescent Psychiatrist for 11 years at Hounslow CAMHS. 

CAROL HALLIWELL
TRUSTEE MEMBER
Carol has worked with adolescents and their families for 30+ years, inspired by young people and how they find their own unique strategies for coping with the pressures of the world. Mary has worked in Hounslow for 14 years and is the Consultant Lead Family Therapist for CAMHS in West London Mental Health Trust. Mary enjoys being a board member of HYCS, 'It's an organisation whose aims and values I trust'.

CHARLOTTE HAMMERBECK
COUNSELLOR REPRESENTATIVE
Charlotte started her life at HYCS as a trustee, and seeing the amazing impact it has on young people's lives inspired her to join the team as a trainee counsellor, in placement since March 2022. She now has the privilege of coming back onto the board as a counsellor representative. Outside of HYCS, Charlotte works full time in a FTSE 100 company, leading on digital transformation programmes globally.

MARY HEAD
TRUSTEE MEMBER
Mary has been a member of the committee for 16 years. She is a qualified systemic psychotherapist and has over 30 years experience of working with young people and their families in mental health settings. Through her work, she brings a knowledge and understanding of emotional and mental health needs of young people She is committed to ensuring that young people and their families have access to timely therapeutic support.

KATIE LE COULTRE
TREASURER
Katie is an AAT and CIMA qualified accountant. She currently works as a Finance Manager in an industry role. Having been born and raised in Hounslow she hopes her accounting expertise can help streamline some of the financial reporting at HYCS and help with budgeting and cash planning for the charities future.

JEAN LEATHER
TRUSTEE MEMBER
Jean is a retired Company Director.  Since retiring has worked for several Charities offering services to Young People. Jean presented Enterprise Education days throughout London schools for Young Enterprise and now offers Mentoring and Befriending for Volunteering Matters.

DR MEDHI MIRKHANI 
TRUSTEE MEMBER
Dr Mehdi Mirkhani works as team lead and consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in Adolescent team, and Early Intervention in Psychosis team in Hounslow and Learning Disability team in Ealing since March 2019. Prior to this he was consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in Berkshire CAMHS.

PETRA RACCANI
TRUSTEE MEMBER


Petra Raccani works within Special Educational Needs in a local school, helping to enable their paths through the secondary education system. Petra has previously worked in the NHS for almost 20 years as a Human Resources professional in Acute Health Care Trusts. 

MARY WALSHE
COUNSELLOR REPRESENTATIVE


Starting with HYCS as a vol, trainee counsellor some 19 years ago, Mary is now a much-respected Senior Counsellor at HYCS.  Mary has a passion for the creative arts and works creatively with the young people she supports to help them find expression.  She also works for LBH as a Senior Family Information Officer. 

INTERESTED IN JOINING US AS A TRUSTEE?
If you would like to find out about becoming a HYCS' Trustee please email us at ask@hycscounselling.co.uk for further information.

MANAGEMENT TEAM
Our management team oversee the smooth running and operation of the HYCS service both at the Centre in Isleworth and for HYCS' outreach services in schools and youth offending services: 

Patricia David
Head of Service

Charlotte Hancock
Service Manager


Judi Parsons
Prison Team Manager

Naomi Berry-Kedroe
Schools' Counselling Manager

Lorraine Lloyd 
Finance & HR Manager



Joyce Akpogheneta
Project Lead Targeted Counselling Support

Gill Young 
Communications Manager & Senior Counsellor

With more than 30 years’ experience, HYCS has a trusted team of professional, counsellors who have all received specialist counselling training.

All have also been through HYCS’ rigorous recruitment and training programme which includes a further 45 hours of specialist training in working with young people.

Our counsellors are all registered with professional bodies including the BACP and UKCP and many are also fully Accredited Members of the BACP. All are ready to listen and experienced in working with young people.

The HYCS counselling team includes both volunteer counsellors and also paid members of staff.

HYCS' dedicated and friendly admin' team ensures the smooth running of the service day to day.

From taking your calls and booking intro sessions to data entry and coordinating materials for counsellors, their role is vital to the service.   

Lorraine Lloyd - Finance and HR Manager

Counselling Coordinator - Maria David