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BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling Practice MBACP (Registered Member)

About me

About me

I am a fully qualified therapist with over 12 years experience and I have worked with children and young people for much of this time, as well as adults. I work from, The Lotus Therapy Centre in Mansfield. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. For many reasons life can often be a real struggle and become very difficult to cope with, even on a daily basis. Within this we can lose our way. Our thoughts, feelings and emotions seem to lose all direction and clarity. Counselling can help you to work through the situations in life that are of concern, whilst also helping you to deal with the many associated emotions. I specialise in work with young people, although I also have experience of working with all other age groups. I work within the field of family mediation and I am pleased to accept couples and relationship work.


I have worked as a Counsellor for over 12 years. During this time, I have worked with all age groups but predominantly with young people, aged between 10 to 25 years. I have worked in the voluntary sector, education settings and also within private practice.
I have worked with a wide range of issues including, relationship difficulties, issues around sexuality, depression, anxiety, anger issues, mental health problems, family breakdown, bereavement, low self-esteem, self-confidence, bullying, stress, study/exam pressures, work related problems, eating disorders, self-harm and body image concerns.

You'll find lots of information to read through below. This is to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you and also what therapy and therapeutic approach will suit you best. It is really important to find a therapist you can trust and feel able to work with as comfortably as possible.

Working with teenagers and adolescents

In the UK, 50% of all mental ill-health shows up by the age of 14 years and yet, of all the teenagers struggling with emotional and behavioural problems, a mere 30% receive any sort of intervention or treatment. The other 70% simply struggle through their pain and emotional turmoil with little or no support at all. Research shows that untreated emotional mental health and emotional problems in the teenage years can lead to depression in adulthood, anti-social behaviour and suicide. The research shows that for many teenagers, a sense of real connectedness with just one adult in their lives is enough to end their sense of feeling alone with their struggles and constant feelings of being misunderstood.

Please Note:

Counselling fees for Children and Young People are currently negotiable at around £25 per session


I have attended specialist training to work with those who may have potential issues arising from their personal sexuality and gender situations and I very much welcome referrals from the LGBT+ Community.

Person-Centred Counselling (PCT)

I am a qualified and BACP Registered Person-Centred Therapist with over 12 years experience. PCT is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves. I aim to offer a non-judgemental and honest approach as you explore your past and current experiences. It is within this environment that you are supported to develop emotionally and process issues that may be affecting you.
A Person-Centred therapist puts the trust in the client to work out what is best for them and to find ways of moving forward. The therapy isn't directive or advice based but focuses on a relational process between the client and their therapist as well as all your other relationships and situations. As a Person-Centred counsellor, I endeavour to fully understand your individual experiences, to help you to learn about, and reflect on, your inner values and sense of self-worth, and, in turn, develop your own sense of identity and be confident and happy in the world with who you are. I aim to offer a safe and confidential environment where you can explore the difficulties you are experiencing. My counselling approach places an emphasis on supporting you to have a greater understanding of yourself and on enabling you to find solutions and coping strategies.

The BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) has produced information leaflets that you may find useful when looking for the right therapist for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

B/A Hons Degree (2.1) in Humanistic Counselling Practice

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling Practice

Level 3 Award in Counselling Theory

Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills

Introduction to Transactional Analysis

Working Alongside Trans and Gender Variant People Certificate

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Full Registered Member

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

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Vast experience of counselling work with young people

A range of counselling work experience with the LGBT+ community

Additional experience of family mediation work with LGBT+ situations

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Additional information

Counselling fees for Children and Young People currently negotiable at around £25 per session

Counselling: £40 per 50-minute session

Couples Counselling/Family work: £60 per 60-minute session

Lotus Therapy Centre, The Limes, 54 Nottingham Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1BN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults