I am a BACP registered integrative counsellor. I began my training in 2005 and completed my Master’s degree in 2010.
I am trained in the relational integrative model, which places the relationship between client and practitioner as central to the therapy. Within the safe and supportive space afforded by a trusting relationship, I can support clients in their journey to explore past and current difficulties that present a negative impact on emotional wellbeing.
I also work within the NHS as both a counsellor and a registered midwife. I have a specialist interest in ante and post-natal depression and sees both mums and/or dads who have struggled following difficult pregnancies or births.
I can offer either short term or long term therapy, depending on your needs. I welcome both individuals and couples.
Testimonial from a client
"I had lost my partner, felt guilt about our relationship and his death, and had thrown myself into work and studying rather than allowing myself to grieve. I wanted people to look at me and recognise my pain.
I was struggling to cope, I was experiencing increasing episodes of anxiety, which progressed to panic attacks manifesting with physical symptoms of palpitations, numbness or tingling of face, tongue and mouth. It was frightening and becoming increasingly debilitating. I knew I needed help so I researched counsellors in my area. I read Donnas qualifications and experience and the rest of her profile and she stood out to me as someone I felt I could turn to for support. I also saw my GP and told him I recognised I needed help, but that I wanted to avoid use of medication and that I had already arranged to see a counsellor that I had chosen. I felt a sense of relief that I had taken a positive step forward in acknowledging to myself that I was struggling.
Donna made me feel at ease immediately. Having an independent person in a private and safe environment, to listen to my concerns was essential for me to break down the barriers I had created. Donna’s calm and supportive manner helped me to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship. My anxiety and stress was negatively impacting on my life, and having Donna help me to explore why I felt that way and how I could think about those things differently was essential to my recovery.
Donna enabled me to remove the barriers that I had created in my life and to find different ways of thinking about things that troubled me. She introduced me to mindfulness which I still practice regularly. I had to learn to have a work life balance again and to change my perspective from negativity to positivity. I make time for myself now and try to keep my working day separate from my home life. I feel a much calmer, more open and honest person since my counselling with Donna.
Donna helped me to understand that we are all human and helped me to stop being so harsh on myself. Something very interesting happened once I felt able to be open and honest about how I was feeling- many of my colleagues and friends shared their own struggles and I knew I was far from alone in my experiences and I felt supported, not judged"
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling 2010
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (University of Wales)
Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling (University of Wales)
I also work in for NHS, both as a counsellor and a midwife
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Gestalt therapy
£45 per hour
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Can be available day, evenings or weekends to match client's needs
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|