Kate Hall

Working at a GP practice and within the NHS my focus has been on delivering short term counselling over 6-12 sessions. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues which include depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, trauma and physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

I am a qualified couples counsellor and work with couples helping them to find their way through what can be a very challenging and emotional time.

Beyond counselling, I also have a background of 11 years as an employment lawyer, where I support both employees and employers when facing difficult situations. Specialising in discrimination law I feel that I have a very real understanding of stresses and challenges facing people in the workplace.

I trained in the person centred approach because I believe that it is the relationship between counsellor and client makes all the difference. I find it a privilege to work with my clients, be part of their life and accompany them on their journey.


I am a champion for equality and would love for mental health to acknowledged by society as important as physical health. I believe strongly that everyone should have access to counselling services.


  • Foundation in Counselling – University of Chester
  • Accredited mediator- OCN
  • MA in Clinical Counselling- University of Chester
  • Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Couples Counselling

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Nikki Thomson

I am a fully qualified person centred counsellor and a member of the BACP. I have worked in a GP’s practice for two years with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and bereavement to workplace stress.

I currently work in the NHS counselling staff and with Place2Be as a school-based counsellor. My work is firmly rooted in attachment theory and as a Person Centred Counsellor I work with whatever the client brings in a non-directive, non-judgmental manner.

I work with individuals for an agreed time period or on an open-ended basis depending on individual requirements.

Nikki Thomson, Counselling Services Chester


  • Foundation in Counselling – University of Chester
  • MA in Clinical Counselling – University of Chester
  • Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children in Schools
  • Foundation in Counselling – University of Chester
  • MA in Clinical Counselling – University of Chester
  • Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children in Schools

Continuing professional development is an important part of our profession and I regularly attend workshops relevant to my practice.

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Lee Richardson

I am a fully qualified person centred counsellor and a member of the BACP.
In addition to Time To Talk, I also work for a local authority as a school counsellor as well as working for an independent occupational health service provider providing a range of counselling services.

Currently I support a wide range of clients from school age through to adults with issues including depression, anxiety, bereavement, workplace stress and domestic abuse.

My previous counselling experience includes working as a volunteer counsellor for The Info Shop and also Cruse Bereavement.

My aim is to work with my clients in a non-judgemental, person centred way. I firmly believe that providing a safe space and giving clients time can be extremely beneficial for a variety of issues.

I am able to work with individuals for a specific number of sessions or open ended depending on client circumstances.



  • Level 5 Dip HE in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • MA in Education (Counselling Skills)
  • L4 Advice and Guidance

In addition I have undertaken training relating to a variety of issues including eating disorders, self- harm and trauma.

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Richard Wilkinson, BSc (Hons)

I am a qualified Person-Centred counsellor and member of the BACP. I have previous experience working at the open-door centre working with vulnerable adults between the age of 15-30 suffering with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, low self-confidence and stress.

As well as working at Time to Talk I have a position at a high school counselling pupil at secondary school age with issues including Trauma, Bereavement, Sexual and emotional abuse and Self-Harm.

After experiencing de-selection from a football club in my younger years, I focussed my own understanding and experience to the mental health issues that surround players being de selected from professional sports academies. I have written two articles that have been published on this subject and feel I could offer counselling support for any players coming out of professional sport through de selection, retirement or injury. Also, players that are still attached to their sports profession suffering from any forms of anxiety.


Beyond Counselling I have a successful photography business working in a reportage style where creating strong relationships with my client is paramount to producing emotional images capturing important moments or occasions in their lives.

Person-centred counselling is my chosen theory in counselling practice. Creating a relationship and environment where the client feels safe to share and grow, offering compassion, empathy and understanding along the journey that we take together.


  • BSc Honors - Person-Centred Counselling - Derby University
  • Level 4 - Certificate in Counselling Studies - CPCAB
  • Level 3 - Certificate in Counselling Skills - CPCAB
  • Level 2 - Certificate in counselling skills - CPCAB

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