About me

The relationship between a client and their counsellor is a key factor in establishing effective counselling. So if you're feeling confused, unsure of where to turn, or it's your first time looking for a counsellor; take your time to find the right fit - explore the options available and ask questions. After reading more about how I practice I hope you'll feel able to contact me for an informal chat or to book a free assessment - I'd really like to hear from you.

I've been described by clients and colleagues as a genuine, warm and gentle person. I believe such characteristics, combined with my skills and knowledge help me to establish a safe, trusting and respectful counselling environment where I focus on your specific therapeutic needs at a pace that suits you.

Such therapy involves deepening self awareness and allowing you time to process, understand and develop ways to cope with the psychological issues or difficult life experiences you may bring. (I have extensive experience working with a wide range of such issues on a short and long term basis as indicated below.)

With greater self-awareness comes fresh perspectives that can help to empower us to make choices and bring about the changes we want to see in our lives. To that end, I endeavour to work in a flexible way, alongside you by adapting my approach to your therapeutic needs.

This means as a experiential person-centred therapist I work in a holistic way drawing upon  a number of approaches such as psychodynamic, CBT and mindfulness to develop self-awareness, broaden personal perspective and foster healthy internal dialogues. Ultimately, I  believe connection with our inner power helps us reach our true potential.

Training, qualifications & experience


I have 10 years experience in counselling and supporting adults and young people with a wide range of mental health issues.

I'm currently a part-time specialist therapist at Harmless CIC working with young people and adults with issues around self--harm and suicide. I'm also a young person’s counsellor at Relate Derby providing one to one therapy and group work to 12 - 18 year olds  1 day per week.

This role has also involved offering therapeutic advice to family support workers within local MAT teams and facilitating mental health workshops supporting adults from the following charity organisations: Fibro Active Long Eaton, National Autistic Society, Autistic Resource Centre and Sure Start.

Prior to this I worked as a volunteer counsellor at Childline, Nottingham Women’s Centre and Base 51. Over the years I have gained much experience of supporting women and young people affected by the emotional and physical trauma of domestic abuse and family breakdown.

Private Practice:

In private practice I work with adults and young people (age 12 +) on a short, medium and long term basis.

As an accredited member of the UKCP and registered member of the BACP I adhere to their codes of ethics. Copies of these are available upon request. I also attend regular supervision with a fully qualified supervisor who supports me in the therapeutic work I would provide to you.

Our initial meeting is a chance for us to get to know each other and find out if working together is possible. We would also discuss your therapeutic goals, the number of sessions that feels right for you and check over the counselling agreement. A copy of the agreement can be forwarded to you in advance. It's purpose is to protect both client and counsellor and basically outlines limits of confidentiality and my payment and cancellation policy.

Whilst I work with people experiencing a vast range of mental heath issues I have recently been more working frequently with the following:

  • Self harm / suicidal idealisation
  • Autistic Spectrum / ADHD / Dyslexia
  • Bereavement
  • Eating issues / body image
  • Sexuality / gender identification
  • Bullying
  • Anxiety / depression
  • Trauma / abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger
  • Lonelines


MSc in Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy (The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute)

Fully accredited, Registered member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)

Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

CPD / Additional Training:

  • Trauma / PTSD - Putting on the Breaks: Babette Rothschild
  • Generalised Anxiety & Panic Disorder (7 Recovery Steps): Wade Oladipo
  • Relate CPD Training - Suicide Risk & Support, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorder, Safeguarding
  • The Autism Spectrum - Colin Troy

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy


Additional information

Initial assessment - free

£45 per hour counselling session

Working Days:  currently Mondays and Fridays

Telephone: 07719 006240

My therapy room is situated 3-5 minutes walk from the Nottingham Trent tram stop and 5-10 minutes walk from the Market Square. It is positioned on the ground floor with easy wheel chair access.


Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm (Please call to discuss availability)

Further information

Before training to become a psychotherapist I was self-employed as a photographer for 10 years. Documenting images for charities brought me increasingly into contact with those who through life events, or in being disadvantaged are simply left hanging on or struggling to cope. Bearing witness to the pain of injustice and loss of hope around unmet emotional needs and the stigma of mental illness strongly influenced my decision in becoming a psychotherapist.

Room 9 Clarendon Chambers
Clarendon Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

ground floor room with good wheelchair access

Fiona Mercer

Fiona Mercer