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MBACP (Accred), UKRCP Reg. Ind. Counsellor/Psychotherapist

About me

Thanks for reading my profile. I've included a lot of information here in an attempt to answer as many of your questions as possible and to make sure you have all the information you need before deciding if therapy is the right thing for you. Please call or email me if you would like further information. As a qualified and accredited Psychotherapist/Counsellor with over 17 years experience, I understand how important it is to choose the right counsellor/therapist and find someone you feel comfortable enough to talk through difficult issues with. I always suggest attending an initial session to gain experience of what the sessions will feel like and to decide if you've found the right person for you. There is no obligation to book further sessions after this. I am a Person-Centred practitioner and clinical supervisor and have worked with adults and children of all ages as well as couples and families/work colleagues. I have enhanced DBS clearance and am fully insured. My practice is based in The Lotus Therapy building in Mansfield. It is a therapeutic and private space in which you can explore your personal experiences.

I am Director and owner of Lotus Therapy Ltd and have created a bespoke holistic practice to enhance people's emotional and physical wellbeing. There are currently around 18 therapists working from the building offering a variety of talking and holistic therapies.

What is Counselling/Psychotherapy

Counselling/Psychotherapy is an opportunity for people to explore problems they may be experiencing or to talk through traumatic or distressing events in their lives. Sharing these with a trained professional can help you to come to terms with your feelings and/or find solutions to your problems. Counselling is usually shorter term work that focuses on one particular problem and isn't so in-depth. Psychotherapy tends to be a longer process and involves the therapist and client working together at relational depth and exploring both past and present experiences. It can be more helpful for past trauma such as sexual abuse, rape or for complex bereavement.
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. The BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) has produced information leaflets that you may find useful when looking for the right therapist for you. You can find their information by entering 'Find a therapist' into your search engine on your computer.

Couples/Relationship/Family Counselling

Relationships can all experience different challenges; financial pressures, clashes in parenting styles, adoption, blended families, separation and divorce, issues at work, individual expectations, ill health, problems with sex, challenges in managing our child's behaviour, mental health - these are just some of the problems that can affect how we communicate with each other. We all adopt different coping strategies that can clash with our partner's and create distance between those we love most. I aim to create an environment that supports you in being able to take openly and honestly with each other in a safe space. This can enable you to find ways of understanding each other's perspective and find new ways of supporting each other and communicating in a more effective way that protects and enhances your relationship. My training in this work is also Person-Centred and encompasses the same philosophy although I draw on other approaches to help people understand barriers to communication and to make sense of their relational dynamics.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy - DDP/Attachment Focused Family Therapy

Having completed Level 1 and 2 in DDP training as well as passing my midway Practicum to become an accredited practitioner, this approach is embodied in my work. This approach supports me in my work with children/young people and their families. If you are interested please call me to talk through the benefits, how I work and how I may be able to help you. My work with families aims to support parents in developing an empathic parenting style and can be helpful for children with ADHD, ASD, challenging behaviour and anxiety problems. Children and young people can all experience difficult times in their lives which can impact on the family as a whole; diagnoses of ADHD/ASD, exam stress, puberty, risk taking behaviour and issues in school are all examples of the challenges our young people and families can face. DDP/attachment focused training supports my understanding of the impact of early years experiences and my own therapeutic approach aims to help parents and children communicate more successfully and supports parents to understand their child’s behaviour and find ways to bring the family unit closer together.

I have co-authored a chapter with Kim Golding (UK DDP expert and published author of several of her own books) in the book, 'Supporting Birth Parents Whose Children Have Been Adopted'

Work with adopted/foster children & young people

Dan Hughes, a Clinical Psychologist, advocates Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) as a treatment for families with adopted or fostered children who have experienced neglect and abuse in their birth families and suffered from significant developmental trauma. We now know that babies and young children will be impacted by removal from their birth families, however necessary this was. DDP is based on and brings together attachment theory, what we understand about developmental trauma, the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and caregiving, intersubjectivity theory and child development.

Troubled children may have had many changes in the people who look after them and find it hard to trust adults. They may believe that parents aren’t safe and can’t always be turned to for comfort and help. They may develop insecure attachments and try to stop their new parents from becoming emotionally close to them.The therapy helps the children learn to trust.  It is family-based and involves the child with his or her caregivers.

I have worked with many local authorities, using my DDP training to support my personal psychotherapeutic approach, providing therapy to adopted children/young people and their families which has been funded by the Adoption Support Fund. You can find out more by ringing me or through www.adoptionsupportfund.co.uk.

Read more at: ddpnetwork.org


I have a great deal of experience of working across the age ranges with adults, children, young people, couples and families. I have worked with a wide range of issues including; bereavement; relationship difficulties; anxiety and depression; low self esteem and confidence; adoption issues both from the adopter, adopted and birth relative perspective; baby loss and infertility; work problems; stress; post natal depression; rape, sexual and physical abuse; health problems; domestic violence; anger management. I have worked with children and families where there is a diagnosis of ASD or ADHD or where there are concerns about behaviour issues or self harm. Working for an adoption agency has given me significant insight and experience into working with all those impacted by adoption.

Clinical Supervision

As a fully qualified Clinical Supervisor I work with qualified and trainee therapists as well as professionals who work within the NHS, probation, domestic violence and Education sector.  

Organisational experience

Working for several years within a counselling organisation for children and young people aged between 10 and 25 years gave me significant experience in this area. I also worked extensively as a clinical supervisor with trainee and volunteer counsellors. I worked within an NHS setting from 2009 to 2012 counselling hospital patients and their relatives.
I worked for an adoption agency providing counselling to birth relatives of adopted children for 6 years and have extensive experience in this area.

Private practice

I have worked privately since 2010 and now work from 54 Nottingham Road. I have a dedicated building which is beautifully furnished and other therapists, including holistic therapists hire rooms there. There is plentiful parking close to the building. Road parking is free for up to 1 hour, the car park charges 60p per hour or £1 for two hours and the Water Meadows car park is free after 3pm.

Rooms to hire

My rooms are decorated and furnished to a really high standard and are available to hire. Please find more information at:


Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Person-Centred Psychotherapy & Counselling, Temenos, Sheffield
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Clinical Supervision, Temenos
  • Post Graduate Certificate: PCT/CBT: A Critical Dialogue, Temenos
  • BACP Accreditation 2011
  • UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist 2011
  • Advanced Post Diploma Certificate Course-Person Centred Couples Counselling, Counselling Works, Milton Keynes
  • Rewind Technique Training for use in PTSD, with David Muss (originator of Rewind Technique), Clinical Director, BMI Edgbaston Hospital, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit
  • Post Graduate Certificate in SEN - managing behaviour, Derby University
  • Certificate in DDP Level 1, Adoptionplus, Kim Golding
  • Certificate in DDP Level 2, Dr Philip Mcaleese
  • Midway pont in DDP Practicum passed March 2020, assessed by Dr Philip Mcaleese & Kim Golding

Counselling/Psychotherapy Background

Private Counselling Practice - 2010 - Ongoing

NHS - 2009 - 2012

Local Government Counselling Organisation - 1999 - 2011

Adoptionplus Adoption Agency - 2012 - 2018

Work with adopted children/young people/families - 2015 - Ongoing

Clinical Supervision

Private Practice - 2010 - Ongoing

Young People's Counselling organisation, agency supervisor - 2010 - Ongoing

School staff/other professionals - 2010 - Ongoing

Local Government - 2007 - 2011

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

I have vast experience of working with adopted children/young people/ parents and families through the Adoption Support Fund working in collaboration with support after adoption local authorities across the country.

I have co-authored a chapter with Kim Golding (UK DDP expert and published author of several of her own books) in the book, 'Supporting Birth Parents Whose Children Have Been Adopted'

I have specialist interest and experience working in the area of depression and anxiety, adoption, bereavement, infertility, baby loss, miscarriage, stillbirth and neo natal death.
I have a wide range of experience of working with children and young people aged between 6 and 21 years as well as adults of all ages. I have enhanced DBS clearance.
I have undertaken training in relationship therapy and work with couples, colleagues and family members and have a wide range of experience in this area.

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Counselling/Therapy: £60 per 50 minute session

Couples Counselling/Family work: £75 per 60 minute session

Clinical supervision: Please contact me for details

Please contact me for details of fees for DDP work funded via the Adoption Support Fund

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When I work

I can offer daytime and appointments up to 4pm

Further information

Plentiful parking. Within walking distance of the main town centre and the bus and train stations.

Drinks and toilet facilities available.

My building is across from Ciao Bella Restaurant, directly opposite the top end of Water Meadows car park.

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Lotus Therapy Ltd., 54 Nottingham Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1BN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Our building has steps to access so not suitable for wheelchair users. We have a ground floor room that can be used for those who have physical difficulties but can manage a few steps.


In person

My supervision career began in 2007 and I completed a 2 year Person-centred supervision diploma at Temenos in Sheffield in 2009.

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