Donna Garner

Donna Garner

New Whittington
S43 2DH

At The Limes
54 Nottingham Road
NG18 1BN

07748 493042

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About me

I am a qualified, BACP Registered and experienced therapist offering counselling in the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area.

I decided to become a counsellor as I have a passion for listening and feel there is no greater reward than helping others to turn their lives around and being able to live life to the full. With an Irish background I consider myself to be open and friendly, approachable and easy to talk to and have built many professional counselling relationships, helping people of all ages, work through issues they are facing in their lives.

I offer Person Centred Counselling integrated with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy on a one to one basis. I work within a professional premise which has a very discreet layout offering a private, comfortable and safe space.

There are times in most of our lives when we experience distressing and tragic events, which result in feelings of helplessness with no end solution in sight. It is times like this we need support, to be able to share these feelings and not feel judged. Counselling is a process which can provide this, in a confidential and safe setting, to gain more insight into yourself, your situation and allow you to find the best path forward.
Person Centred Counselling will allow you to explore any difficulties you may be experiencing in your life at your own pace. It is a humanistic approach which looks at how we perceive ourselves and reflects on our inner values and self-worth. You may not even be aware of some of these issues, but this process of exploration will allow you time to figure it out. It is very important to feel comfortable and safe with the counsellor you choose, this will help you build trust and allow a professional counselling relationship to be formed.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) may be introduced into your counselling sessions. This can help you manage problems you are aware of in a more structured way, setting goals and timescales. This is based around the concept that your thoughts, feelings and actions are interconnected, so any negative thoughts can lead to negative feelings and actions. It is a more structured approach and focuses on specific issues and looking at what can be done differently and what effects this will have on you. It encourages you to examine your actions, by changing the way we think so we can create more positive behaviours.

Making the decision to contact a counsellor is sometimes the most difficult part of this process for people. The idea of sharing your most personal feelings with a stranger can seem too hard to comprehend. Getting past this first hurdle can be the hardest, but most clients find once they begin to talk and share those feelings and emotions you begin to feel a weight has been lifted and you are not alone. Sometimes we need a bit of support and guidance to help us find a way back to being the person we want to be.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified Person Centred Counsellor integrated with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
I studied at Warwick College and West Nottinghamshire College, from 2007 to 2011 and hold the following qualifications:

  • CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) is the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in counselling.
  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling – October 2011
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – November 2010
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – August 2008
  • ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills – August 2007

I have attended many personal development training to increase my knowledge and share good practice, examples of these are:

  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice
  • Sexuality, Gender & Diversity
  • Self-harm & Suicide
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Trauma

I have worked on a voluntary basis with North Derbyshire Woman’s Aid in 2010 – for 3 years and Children & Young Peoples Service for Nottinghamshire County Council, in 2008 for 2 years.

I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and work to their ethical framework.

I am fully insured for public and professional liability.

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£40 per 50 minute session

Reduced rates for trainee counsellors, please telephone me to discuss.

Cancelled appointments: Appointments cancelled with 48 hours or more notice will incur 50% of charge and within 24 hours will incur the full charge.
Sessions to be paid in advance after first session by cash, cheque or bank transfer

Further information

I work within a professional premise which has a very discreet layout offering a private, comfortable and safe space. The first session would involve an assessment to check that counselling is the best route for you to take. This initial session takes round 40 minutes and it will give you the opportunity to find out more about the process and suitability for counselling, ensuring we are both happy to work together.

If we agree to proceed to a second session we will agree a contract and begin our work together meeting once a week at agreed time and day.

Anything you discuss in your counselling sessions will remain confidential unless it is felt that you or someone else is at significant risk of harm.

Maps & Directions

Chesterfield, S43 2DH
Mansfield, NG18 1BN

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Carparking available close to centre



Types of client

Young people
Older adults