Lois Hipkiss Rumsey BSc., Higher Dip. Couns, Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

Lois Hipkiss Rumsey BSc., Higher Dip. Couns, Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

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Room 5
South Church House
25/26 Market Place
NG24 1EA

07500 453741

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Room 5
South Church House
25/26 Market Place
NG24 1EA

07500 453741

About me

If you are looking at this website, you may be considering counselling as a way to find resolution of some difficulties. This may be a new road for you, or a well-travelled one, but either way it is both a positive step and one which requires courage. I understand that the process of finding the right therapist is not always easy.

I'm a private counsellor working with adult individuals and couples in Newark. I work in an integrative way, which means that I have one core approach but also bring in other tools and techniques if I feel that it's right for a particular client or clients. My core approach is based on Person-Centred Counselling. This means that I will work with you towards an accurate understanding of your situation and feelings and accompany you on an exploration of your experience, without judgement. Often it can be a relief to be able to express your genuine emotions in an environment of acceptance. Put simply, I will be 'on your side' and aim to see things from your perspective while we together try to sort through some issues which are making you unhappy.

As I believe other approaches within counselling also offer some useful ideas for clients, I sometimes use techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Transactional Analysis. CBT is very useful for specific anxieties, or when unhelpful thoughts are getting in the way of emotional wellbeing, and working with this approach usually involves various exercises looking at these thought patterns and how they are connected to your feelings and actions.

Transactional Analysis can offer real insight into how we operate within our relationships and it helps us understand the Adult, Child and Parent within all of us.

More recently, I have also found that the concept of Mindfulness had enabled clients to make peace with issues which have been troubling them, to allow themselves the feelings they have and also to appreciate the present moment rather than focussing solely on past difficulties or future anxieties. It's a proven therapy for people who suffer from long term depression.

I also have experience in using Penny Parks Inner Child Therapy with clients who are survivors of all types of abuse.

Counselling is not about giving advice, but about offering you time and space to think through your options, discover different ways of coping, or come to terms with your past. Life can be difficult, painful, and sometimes traumatic. Whatever your reason for considering therapy, counselling can provide you with a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which to explore your concerns.

I believe that the relationship between counsellor and client is key to successful therapy and therefore the first important step is to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. If you would like an informal chat either by phone or Skype prior to booking an appointment, that's fine, please get in touch with me to arrange this.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor (Higher Prof. Diploma in Counselling; MBACP) and a Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also have a Certificate in Couples Counselling.

As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I follow this organisation’s code of ethics. You can read this in full here.

I keep up-to-date by attending regular training sessions. Over the last few years these have covered a range of issues including mental health, self harm and suicide, creative counselling, grief and loss and mindfulness.

I have several years' experience in working with clients in a variety of settings, including Mind, The Carers' Federation, the NHS and private practice. I have experience in working with the following areas. This is by no means a comprehensive list but a guide as to some of the issues clients may bring to counselling:




Blended Families


Carer Support


Domestic Violence





Low Self Esteem and Confidence


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Relationships and Couples

Self Harm


Work Related Stress

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Work with families of child sex offenders.

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Sessions last for one hour and are usually weekly for a minimum of six weeks. They take place in a private and pleasant therapy room in central Newark. An accessible therapy room can be arranged.

£40 per session for individuals
£45 per session for couples

£30 per session for Skype or telephone counselling

Further information

Living your life with difficulties can feel like struggling along on a journey with too much to carry, equipped with only inadequate bags and cumbersome boxes. Counselling is a ‘pit-stop’ which enables you to pause, rest and unpack some of your belongings. Maybe you can leave some by the wayside, or maybe you can re-pack some in a way which makes them easier to carry. Stopping could give you the opportunity to discover an easier route. Your counsellor can’t carry your luggage for you or show you the way, but he or she can walk along with you for a while, and help you ‘re-pack’ ready for the next part of your journey.

I often recommend books to be read alongside our work together. The following is a list of books available at local libraries which may be useful:

Overcoming Depression and Low Mood

Dr Chris Williams

Overcoming Depression

Paul Gilbert

Overcoming Low Self Esteem

Melanie Fennell

Overcoming Anxiety

Helen Kennerley

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness

Gillian Butler

Overcoming Health Anxiety

Rob Willson

Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia

Derrick Sillove

Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

David Veale

Overcoming Anger and Irritability

William Davis

Overcoming Perfectionism

Roz Shafran

Overcoming Chronic Fatigue

Mary Burgess

Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems

Colin Aspie

Overcoming Binge Eating

Dr Christopher Fairburn

Maps & Directions

Newark, NG24 1EA

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Appointments available Mon - Thu, some evening appointments available.

Types of client

Older adults
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