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About us

ZunTold is based in Manchester, UK. We are a publishing company and a therapeutic service offering bibliotherapy .

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Our Team

  • Elaine Bousfield MBE avatar

    Founder and CEO

    Elaine Bousfield MBE

    Elaine is a counsellor and a digital mental health pioneer having founded Kooth. She has worked in the field of therapy and digital mental health for 30 years. She is also an editor and publisher.

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    Operations lead

    Jan Clitheroe

    Jan is also a counsellor by background and experienced operational director and manager of counselling services. Jan was the operational director at Kooth for many years.

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    Isla Bousfield-Donohoe

    Isla has a first class honours degree from the University of Teesside where she studied 3D animation and character design in the school of computing. Isla is our digital artist, experienced in product design and creator of ZunTold book covers.

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    Claire Williamson

    Claire founded the first MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at Metanoia Institute. At ZunTold she runs the training programme for counsellors and psychotherapists.

  • Michelle Hyams-Ssekasi CTA avatar

    Clinical Supervisor

    Michelle Hyams-Ssekasi CTA

    Michelle is an experienced Supervisior and a social worker and has a wealth of experience. She is an Independant Psychotherapist, Trainer & Parent Coach. She provides Clinical Supervision for the ZunTold team.

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    Editorial Team

    ZunTold works with select editorial and text designers who have many years of experience in the publishing industry, to ensure our books are beautifully produced.

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    Maria Ushakova

    Maria is a Counsellor and academic who is carrying out research activities on behalf of Zuntold.

  • Consultant CTO & project manager

    Peter Morgan

    Peter is the owner of Screenbeetle - he leads the tech team who have extensive experience of working on projects for the 3rd sector and NHS.

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    UX designer & Product Lead

    Stuart Wakeford

    Stu is an experienced product designer and product lead with experience of designing successful app's and platforms for NHS service providers.

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    Front End Developer

    James Evers-Swindell

    James is a front end web developer with over 10 years experience of crafting bespoke websites.

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    Lenna Dobbs

    Lenna has experience of running and delivering well being events and workshops for children and young people. She has a keen interest in creative writing and in helping people manage depression and anxiety as a result of their traumatic history.

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    Vicky Hughes

    Vicky is an experienced child and young person counsellor as well as being a supervisor for front-line practitioners who are delivering service for people who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse. In her early carer as a teacher Vicky worked creatively using fiction and non fiction to support children with complex needs. As a counsellor she works creatively with children and adults of all ages.

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    Annalisa Marini

    Annalisa has experience of working as an individual and family therapist. She has delivered bibliotherapy and creative writing groups and worked in a progress and recovery centre with people of all ages.

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    Caroline Ardrey

    Caroline has a background in teaching and mentoring and a love of reading and writing which she brings to her work.

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    Ellie Rowland Callan

    Ellie has experience of working with people who are LGBTQ+. She is a writer herself and uses creative processes to support others.

  • Jane Yates avatar


    Jane Yates

    Jane has over 12 years experience of working therapeutically with children and families. She also works in secondary schools and supports children and young people with social, emotional, mental health needs using the arts.

  • Julia Heffernan Burns avatar


    Julia Heffernan Burns

    Julia has experience of working with young people in educational settings. She has worked with many young people who are neurodivergent and has always worked creatively in her teaching, mentoring and therapist roles.

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    Julie Nettleship

    Julie has experience of delivering therapeutic support for children, young people, carers and parents who have experienced CSA.

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    Kate Matthews

    Kate has a background in teaching. She has worked in University Student Well Being services and is experienced in counselling for people who have suffered interpersonal trauma.

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    Malka Gluck

    Malka is a child and adolescent counsellor who also has experience of mentoring adults in the workplace. She has worked in childrens centres and schools for children with special educational needs.

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    Mary Lira

    Mary has worked with survivors of interpersonal trauma and in a crisis counselling service offering support when people need it most. Her work has always included opportunity for clients to tell their story using creative approaches.

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    Melanie Lee

    Melanie has delivered counselling in a GP practice and in university settings. A keen reader and writer with experience of suppporting people using creative approaches.

ZunTold is an organisational member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society and abides by their code of ethics.

Membership number: No:NCS22-01740

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