I am a fully qualified and experienced practitioner offering a warm, safe and confidential space for you to talk about issues that are causing you problems or worries. I have my own private practice which is based in the beautiful Lotus Therapy on Nottingham Rd in Mansfield.
It can be a very difficult decision to come for counselling, you may have asked yourselves lots of questions before getting to this stage - and rightly so, as it is very important that you feel comfortable and safe and that you trust the counsellor you choose.
What is counselling?
Counselling provides an opportunity, which we don't always have, to share problems and feelings that are causing us upset or distress. It can be difficult to talk to friends and family as they are sometimes too close and we may feel we are being judged by them, even if they don't mean to make us feel that way.
As a person centred counsellor I can help and support you to work through these feelings in a safe and accepting environment. You will feel listened to and not judged and hopefully we will be able to work together to find solutions to your problems or just acceptance of your thoughts.
People come to counselling for lots of different reasons, some of these can be issues with family or relationships. These types of issues are especially difficult to discuss with people we know. Depression and anxiety can cause us to feel very low and it can be hard to find a way out of it on our own. Issues around anger can cause problems in all our relationships and I can help you to find out why you feel anger and help to find ways to manage these overwhelming feelings.
I see people of all ages and with lots of different issues, such as bereavement, anxiety, sexual abuse, anger management issues, depression, eating disorders, low self esteem, trauma related issues and relationship issues.
Our work together will focus on building a trusting, safe relationship, being able to talk openly and honestly with each other. The work encourages open communication and is an opportunity to explore difficulties in relationships, helping to find ways to understand each other and work through any conflicts.
Sometimes we can leave things until they reach crisis point in relationships but couples therapy can also help if things are feeling a bit stale and you are feeling your relationships needs an MOT!
I work with qualified and trainee counsellors to create together an open and honest environment where professionals feel comfortable to discuss and be supported in their work and to know that all aspects can be discussed without judgement.
I came into counselling when I was working as an admin manager and had to do a lot of supervision sessions. I realised that my colleagues were bringing a lot of personal issues to the sessions and realised I needed a little bit more expertise to help them and support them in the right way. I decided to do a counselling course, loved it, was amazed by the benefits of it and decided to change my career.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Person Centred Counsellor integrated with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with many years experience..
I have lots of experience and mainly work with many different issues, such as, depression, bereavement, anger issues, anxiety and physical and sexual abuse as well as work related, trauma and relationship issues.
However, I also have significant experience of working with children and young people, presenting with lots of issues such as low self esteem, anxiety, self harm and bullying. I have also worked with young people on the autistic spectrum.
I have previously worked in a local Learning Centre on a part time basis offering counselling to young people with very chaotic and traumatic backgrounds, helping them to understand and sometimes accept their past, helping them to move towards a more fulfilling future. I also offer therapeutic counselling sessions at Queen Elizabeth's Academy in Mansfield to young people from the ages of 11 to 18 years of age.
I also worked for Talkzone who take referrals from age 16 to 26. My first placement was with Nottinghamshire County Council's Young People's Counselling Service where I worked with young people from 10 - 19 years of age.
I have also worked on a voluntary basis with ISAS (Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors).
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and work to their ethical framework. I have regular supervision sessions and am committed to personal and professional development.
I am fully insured for public and professional liability.
Advanced Diploma Certificate - Person Centred Couples Course Counselling Works Ltd, Milton Keynes
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
OCN Level 3 Certificate in Mediation
Treating Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Panic attacks - 25 June 2016
Trauma and the Body: Somatisation & Dissociation - delivered by PODS - November 2015
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a registered member of the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
My fees are £45 per session - each session lasts for 50 minutes
My fees are £55 per session - each session last for 1 hour
My fees are £60 per session - each session lasts for 90 minutes
I offer day and evening appointments
I am a fully qualified Mediation Practitioner and have worked with families and in schools across Nottinghamshire working with young people on conflict resolution and bullying issues.
I have also worked as an admin manager and a Families Information Officer for a number of years and have a lot of experience on work related and family issues.