We are two child counselling psychologists, living in the UK and Norway, who share a passion for promoting children's voices - for ensuring they have plenty of opportunities for having their ideas, feelings and experiences genuinely heard - at home, at school, and at a wider societal level. We initially created Children Heard at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, to provide a space for children to share their views and experiences and to campaign for the importance of hearing what they have to say. 


Longer term, we have many ideas for providing innovative and creative platforms for children to share their views about important events and situations. We are really keen to work in partnership with children and families to build on our ideas and create tools for listening to children. If your family would be interested in this, we would love to hear from you so please get in touch.  

With best wishes, 

Dr. May-Lene Karlsen (Norway) and Dr. Gail Sinitsky (UK)

Dr. May Lene Karlsen, Counselling & Community Psychologist, Norway

May trained as a Counselling Psychologist in the UK and now works as a community psychologist in Norway. She has worked with children and families in different roles and has realised that many of the difficulties children face must be solved in the community rather than by children and families alone. She believes that society is suffering from a shortage of children’s voices – something special happens to decision-making processes when children are offered a seat around the table. 

May is not just a psychologist, of course. She is a wife, daughter, sister, friend and mother. Given some free time, she loves going to the café, alone or with others, to enjoy the buzz of community life over a delicious cup of cappuccino.

Dr. Gail Sinitsky, Counselling Psychologist, UK

Gail is passionate about promoting children's mental health and social-emotional wellbeing. Having completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in 2010, she has since been providing therapy to children and families in schools and in NHS CAMHS clinics. She has also recently launched a social enterprise, Young & Mighty, providing workshops and tools to strengthen children's mental health.

Gail takes an overarching systemic, narrative and relational approach to her work, and is committed to working in partnership with children. It is important to her that children's voices are heard and promoted, in their relationships and in society as a whole. 

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