Who we are

We are made up of a Board of Trustees who are responsible for overseeing and decision making for YCS. Our Trustees are experienced  in counselling, psychology, finance, governance and business development.

Janet Dewes
Chair

Janet has been a trustee at YCS since 2012 and has been Chair since 2021. Her background is in both Education and Psychology. She took a joint Honours degree in Pure Maths and Psychology, and taught A-Level Maths and Psychology for 22 years...

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Emma George


Emma is a commercial property solicitor for an international law firm and acts for a number of different clients globally, advising on all aspects of real estate law. Emma has experience in providing pro bono legal advice...

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Lee Parfitt

Lee is a strategist and leader, with broad experience working in private and public organisations. His background is in organisational planning, marketing, commercial and strategy roles, and he specialises in having a broad...

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Claire Charlton

Claire is a Senior Manager at Admiral Group Plc in Cardiff. She has held a variety of roles in a long career at this Welsh FTSE 100 Financial services company, currently Head of Household Claims...

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Michele Ryan

I am a Systemic Family Psychotherapist registered with UKCP and AFT. I have worked as a school and university counsellor, a director of a counselling diploma course, as well as teaching systemic therapy on psychology counselling doctorate courses in UWE and USW...

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Courtney Vircavs

Courtney is a seasoned change professional. He has worked across government and has held multiple delivery management roles – he is proud to work for the betterment of UK public services...

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Michelle Hurley

Michelle is an experienced Assistant/Deputy Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry...

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Clinical Supervisors

Julie Dykes

MA Clinical Supervision, PG Dip CBT, PG Dip Integrative Therapy

Julie is a qualified Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor, now working primarily in private practice. She was Clinical Lead at the counselling service of Cardiff Metropolitan University Counselling Service for over twenty years...

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Graham Mason

BSc (Hons), Cert Ed (PcET), BACP (Accred) PNCPS (Prof Accred) DIP (Supervision) (Dip DE, FARRM, EMDR)

For most of my life I have been in work that involved me helping others. Sometimes by teaching, coaching, but always in an environment where some type of change was involved. ...

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Sharon Jenkins

MSc BSc(hons) MNCPS (Snr.Accred) ED+MDR(UK)

My name is Sharon, and I am a Systemic trained counsellor and supervisor with over a decade of experience. I have worked in a variety of settings including schools, the NHS, privately and with the third sector...

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Leanne Baker

I am a qualified Supervisor having obtained a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) from the University of South Wales. I offer collaborative supervision to support and strengthen your work with clients whilst helping to resolve any problems that may occur by providing you with a safe environment...

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Catherine Jones

I am a Systemic Family Psychotherapist registered with UKCP and AFT. I have worked as a school and university counsellor, a director of a counselling diploma course, as well as teaching systemic therapy on psychology counselling doctorate courses in UWE and USW...

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We also have a small operational team including:

Gail Duffy
Director of YCS

Amy Beacher
Service Manager Low Cost Counselling

Kathryn Hobbs
Clinical Lead

Becky Charles
Office Manager

If you have any questions about YCS, please contact: admin@ycscounsellingwales.co.uk