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BSc (Hons), MBACP

About me

After my own healing experiance with counselling I can reassure you, that I get the anxiety you may be feeling in trying to choose who to work with.

I invite you to take the first step, and together we can find your resilience, assertiveness.

As a counsellor, I help people to work through whatever challenges they are facing, in a safe and confidential setting.

The type of therapy that I offer

As an Integrative Counsellor I am comfortable in exploring what makes you, uniquely you. The positive, the negative and all that you’re not too sure about and bring them together as a whole. Sometimes life throws us curve balls and being the adaptive species that we are, we create ways to tolerate these difficult times. This is wonderful at the time, but unfortunately, we can grow out of these suits of armour and eventually, instead of helping, they can restrict our growth and movement.

Together we can look at the different parts of your armour that you have crafted over the years. We can explore which parts work well, which need upgrading and which parts you may even want to get rid of altogether.

I work relationally so I will also invite you to explore the relationship that we have with each other. 

Research shows that the 'therapeutic relationship' between client and counsellor is vital for successful counselling, therefore I strive to help my clients comfortable and secure so they can share their experience of me and our sessions.

My aim is to create an environment for you to talk, reflect and to be heard- where your voice can be truly listened to and felt.

Who I work with

I work 1-2-1 with a diverse range of adults with a wide range of issues, including 

* low mood * feeling sad * depression * family estrangement * divorce & separation * relationship breakdown * betrayal * sexual violence * relationships * mental illness within the family * alcoholism * suicidal thoughts * emotional, physical, and sexual abuse * inappropriate anger * stress * low self-confidence * self-development* sexual identity*

I work both face to face in a room in Huthwaite or sessions can be held online via Zoom (no dowloads needed)

I strive to provide peace and gentle curiosity. I aim to help you shine a light within your shadow so that you get to know and appreciate yourself completely and compassionately.

My priority is to help you to feel secure and tailor make our counselling session to you; to understand you as a unique individual with your distinctive experiences.

My hope is that you obtain a better understanding of yourself, your experiences, and your feelings. To develop self compassion and assertiveness with your life choices. 

Clients have told me that through working with me they have noticed changes within themselves such as:

* Feeling empowered* feeling heard for the first time* finding their voice* increase of emotional understnading* improved communication skills* more fulfilling relationships* feel less overwhelmed by emotions* decrease of inappropriate anger* increase of assertiveness* increased focus* more confidence* decrease of anxiety* improved self-awareness* self-compassion* 

Working Together

Free Initial Confidential phone call 

Please contact me for a brief, informal telephone call. If after this call you are happy to work together, we can arrange a time to meet face to face, be it in person or online and discuss your needs and together work out the right way forward.

There is no obligation to arrange sessions after this call.

Counselling Sessions:

Sessions are usually held weekly, though some people benefit from having additional sessions dependant on their needs.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • BSc (Hons) Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychology from SPTI (The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute)
  • Diploma Holistic Therapies from West Nottinghamshire Collage
  • Safeguarding & Prevent 2022 from West Nottinghamshire Collage


  • Anger, Rage & Relationship - Sue Parker Hall.
  • Rage & Shame - Sue Parker Hall
  • Two Minds Are Better Than One: Relational Mindfulness – Sue Parker Hall
  • M.A.N.: Men as Nurturers (Gathering) – James Hawes.
  • The Secret Lives of Men: Ten Keys to Unlock the Mystery – James Hawes
  • The Spirituality of Presence – Jeff Leonardi
  • Evidence-Based, Ethically-Sensitive and Strength-Based Spiritual Assessment - Spiritual Competency Academy
  • Normalising Shame – Alison Ayres
  • Using Neuroscience in your Practice – A Polyvagal Perspective Maggi McAllister-MacGregor
  • CPD Activity: Islamic Counselling And Muslim Mental Health – Sabnum Dharamsi & Abdullah Maynard
  • CPD Activity: Relational Depth: An Author's Perspective – Mick Cooper


  • Volunteer counsellor with MIND.
  • Rehabilitation Assistant working with WAD (working age dementia) and challenging behaviour.
  • Support worker with male sex offenders with dementia.
  • Support worker with men with learning difficulties and dementia.
  • NHS volunteer within psychiatric outpatient art and pottery groups.
  • NHS volunteer with psychiatric in patients’ art group

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

All-Saints Centre, Common Road, Huthwaite, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 2JT

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Free onsite parking and tolet facilities available.

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