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Counselling can be the opportunity to think the unthinkable and speak the unspeakable without the fear of what others might think.

Making the decision to seek counselling is often a difficult one and usually arises at a time when you are feeling less able to deal with it. The aim of counselling is to give you the opportunity to explore your concerns and feelings, discover what might be the underlying causes and to clarify ways of living more effectively and to move towards a greater sense of well-being.

If you decide you are interested in having counselling you can contact me by telephone, mobile or email or please visit my website for further information. We can then arrange an initial meeting where you will be able to explore, in confidence any issue that is troubling you.

It is important to choose a counsellor that you feel comfortable with, I believe that the very nature of the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor enabling progress and healing.  I offer a warm, down to earth, yet professional service with the Derby area.  I consider myself to be compassionate and considerate of all people and their presenting issues.

My practice is based from my home address in Littleover, which is a separate, quiet purpose built counselling room to the rear of my house.  Littleover is situated on the south side of Derby within one mile of the A38 and A50 and less than 15 minutes from the M1 at Nottingham.

Whatever your difficulties may be, you can be assured of a warm welcome and a safe and supportive setting in which to explore them.

Please know I am following government guidelines, my counselling room is only used by myself, it is separate from my house and my chairs are distanced more than 2 metres apart.  I have sanitizer available once seated.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, this means that my practice has been deemed to meet the standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. My certificate number is 024807 this can be used to identify and check the Bacp Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

After completing my initial counselling training, I have worked in the voluntary sector, refuges, women's agencies and a health clinic.  I have been approved by the Derby City Council as a counselling service provider for parents and carers with referrals from Social Services whilst extended services funding was available. I have made appearances on Radio Derby and Capital FM to discuss relevant issues on specific mental health problems.  I am currently a Regional Network Counsellor for the Sporting Chance Clinic founded in 2000 by former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams MBE.  I predominately work with addictions such as dependency to alcohol, gambling and substance misuse along with other destructive disorders for current or former professional or elite level athletes.  I have also been invited to work with individuals at the Dame Kelly HolmesTrust Project to help with depression.   I also attend various workshops each year in order to ensure that my practice is kept up to date. 

I work with an Integrative approach, which means that I integrate ideas and insights drawn from different counselling models in order to respond appropriately to the needs of individual clients. This approach supports my philosophy that each person is unique and therefore no one approach suits all.

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Cert. in Counselling Theory and Studies
Cert. in Counselling Skills
Mentor of Adolescents with Jigsaw Project

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas are

Cultural Issues
Domestic Violence
Feeling Lost/Dissatisfaction with Life
Family Difficulties
I work with adults and young adults from year 11 onwards

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I currently charge £50.00 for one full hour, face to face session and £45.00 for students. The initial session does not involve any commitment to further work. Please do not let fees be a barrier for receiving help. With this in mind, please be aware that rates are negotiable for people who are either on low income, government benefits, reduced income, or for young adults facing financial hardship.


Rykneld Road
DE23 4AN  

If you would like to speak with me directly or for any cancellations please use mobile number 07971 958298.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Day time appointments with most availability, evening appointments also. No weekend availability.

Further information

Daytime and evening appointments are available.

Rykneld Road
DE23 4AN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

There are no stairs to climb. Parking available right outside with with no real walking required to be seated.


Josie Nicholson

Josie Nicholson