Fiona Digby-Ovens MA, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
158 High Road
Our time together provides you with the space and peace to unravel, identify, and clarify issues that are of concern or might be causing distress. Possible patterns that may exist in your life - past and present. Any external influences that might affect you: who, what, why, and how. Then, as we look at your life in different ways - through different lenses - this gentle exploration allows you to understand that there can be a different way of being which enables you to manage thoughts, feelings, and relationships more effectively. The result: a more rewarding and fulfilling way life with a greater sense of calm and agency and self worth. It's worth remembering that we can't change the world but we can change how we manage and respond to the world in which we find ourselves.
Life can sometimes feel overwhelming. The associated thoughts and feelings often result in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self esteem, eating issues, stress, and loss - possibly a sense that it's becoming hard to cope with the demands of life. We can be left with low mood, low energy, a sense of powerlessness. Or the opposite might occur as we rush through life but seem to get nowhere and feel nothing. A sense of emptiness can prevail. Or maybe you've reached a state where you're feeling disconnected or isolated in a way that's hard to describe? "I just don't feel myself" ... it's an accurate phrase as we seem to lose the essence of who we were, or hoped we'd be.
Our time together provides an opportunity for you to explore thoughts, feelings and life experiences in a confidential, safe, non judgemental and relaxing setting. The 'space' found in the counselling/therapy relationship allows personal reflection and new insights which in turn allow you to discover fresh perspectives on life - and leave behind the burdensome patterns of the past.
As unique individuals we are affected by life's experiences in very different ways, and our unique experiencing deserves to be respected and understood. If something's causing you difficulty, anxiety, pain, confusion or distress, I'm willing to support you in achieving a different way of being - maybe finding your sense of self, the real you, or the path you desire for your life or relationships.
Practising from Woodthorpe and Beeston, I offer counselling/psychotherapy on a wide variety of issues to adults and young people (aged 16+).
A feeling of relief can often be immediate, followed by a sense of improved well being as the weight of your earlier concerns lifts and issues are gradually resolved.
Coaching: Also, by extending therapeutic insights into the field of coaching, I am available to offer personal development for those who feel they have yet to reach their full potential.
Appointments: Monday to Friday daytime and early evening, and Saturdays from 9.00am until 1.00pm.
Feel free to give me a call if you would like to know more. We can talk about how you're feeling, whether I can be of help, expand on the counselling process, or consider alternative avenues which may be of help.
Home Visiting: For those who are unable to travel, I offer home visits within a five mile radius of Woodthorpe. (Home visits require a suitable quiet space where we can work together in privacy and without interruption.)
Training, qualifications & experience
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Accredited Therapist
MA Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy (Accredited by the University of Birmingham and Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute)
ITC Diploma in Massage, Anatomy and Physiology
Apart from working in private practice I hsve also provided counselling services for the NHS and voluntary counselling for AgeUK. I work with a diverse range of clients from all walks of life, aged from 18 to 82.
As a UKCP accredited therapist I adhere to their ethical codes of practice, and to those of the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
An initial 40 minute introductory meeting is free of charge.
£45 per hour
Concessions are available for Armed Services veterans and students.
Both practice venues are easily accessible from Nottingham City Centre. Woodthorpe is also a short distance from Sherwood, Arnold, Oxton, Southwell, Calverton, Woodborough, and Mapperley. Beeston is a short distance from Wollaton, Chilwell, Bramcote, Long Eaton, Toton, Queen hospital, the University of Nottingham campus, and Lenton. Free parking is available at both locations.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 6.30, and some Saturdays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|