Green Lane Counselling & Psychotherapy

Green Lane Counselling & Psychotherapy

Green Lane Counselling & Psychotherapy
Second Floor
61 Friar Gate

0797 771 2027

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About us

Green Lane Counselling and Psychotherapy is an affordable service based in the centre of Derby which aims to make counselling accessible to everyone, especially those people who are in need but might not normally be able to afford it. If you feel you cannot cope - whether because of a sudden change or crisis in your life or because of longer-term issues - we may be able to help.

By talking together, we can help you better understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a safe, confidential environment where you will be treated with respect and compassion. We can work together to help you make choices that could lead to positive changes in your life

Contact us now for a FREE assessment. We see clients from the age of 5 upwards.

We charge a maximum fee of £30, with reduced fees being available for those in financial hardship. There is no limit to the number of concessions that we can offer. You can pay what you can afford.

Appointments available from 8 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings.

Training, qualifications & experience

Lucy%20Harris%20Photo.jpgMy name is Lucy Harris and I own and manage the Green Lane Counselling & Psychotherapy Service. There are currently 22 therapists working in the service.
I have a Master's Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP accredited). I am an accredited registered member of the BACP. I have worked with a whole range of ages and issues. I have worked with adults at several charities which help clients who might not normally be able to afford it to access counselling. I have worked with clients who have anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, agoraphobia and self-harming behaviour.  I have an interest in Compassion Focused Therapy which is often used with clients who are very self-critical. I have worked with primary school children in Nottingham, utilising play therapy to work with issues such as anger management and other behavioural problems which are affecting their school life. My Master's research project looked at the current state of counselling in primary schools.

Miricia Van Rensburg has a B. Psych degree, an Honours degree in Psychology, and has done postgraduate studies in Sociology (Group Dynamics). She also has a Masters of Science Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Miricia has worked as a voluntary counsellor and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) counsellor in South Africa with clients with diverse issues. She has also worked in the mental health field for the NHS in London. She has diverse experience of working with clients with enduring mental health issues. Miricia works with many issues, including family problems, self-harming behaviour, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, trauma and abuse, social issues and addiction. She also has a special interest in working with eating disorders, gender and sexuality, and clients with a psychiatric diagnosis like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Gary Lane has a BSc in Humanistic and Integrative Therapy and is a member of the BACP. He is starting a Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy to add to his wealth of experience in working with young people. Gary works relationally with his clients as he believes they are the experts on their experience. He offers both long-term therapy and short-term Solution Focused Therapy for what is best suited to each client’s needs. Gary works with many issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, neglect, disassociation and anger management. He has extensive experience and is passionate about working with hard to reach vulnerable young people.

Jack%20Ellis%20(1).jpgJack Ellis has a Master's Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). He is an Integrative Psychotherapist combining approaches from Person-centred therapy (PCA) Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) and Attachment theory. He also utilises Compassion Focused Therapy and Schema Therapy where appropriate for the client. Jack has experience working in Education, Private therapy and NHS talking therapies (IAPT). Jack has worked with (but is not limited to) - Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement, Self-criticism, Anger Management, Relationship issues, Autism and counselling, Self-Harming and Low Self-Esteem.

David Petch is a BSc (Hons) Psychology graduate and is currently undertaking his Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. He is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  David utilises techniques from three different counselling modalities; person-centred, cognitive behavioural therapy and also attachment theory, allowing him to be able to utilise and integrate these skills with each individual client, whatever they may bring to the session. David has previous experience working in various substance and alcohol misuse services in Derby and has been working with people recovering from substances and alcohol for the last 4 years.

Virginia.jpgVirginia Brailsford has a Master's Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy and is an accredited registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). The main therapeutic approaches Virginia uses are Person-centred (PCA), Attachment Theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). By using these theories, she aims to tailor appropriate interventions collaboratively with individuals in a compassionate yet professional manner. She has experience working with individuals who have experienced sexual abuse, rape, eating disorders and drug and alcohol addictions and the complexities these issues may bring. She also has in-depth experience and knowledge with working with female offenders within prison settings.

Laura Humphrey is a qualified Psychotherapist. She has an accredited MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. She works with a wide variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal intent and abuse.  Previously she worked in the Mental Health field for 15 years with clients who had severe and enduring mental illness.  She also worked in Neuro Rehab at Derby Royal, and Oncology at Nottingham City Hospital. Laura's aim is to work with clients to better their lives, and help them to understand why they feel the way they do, and to help them move forward to a more manageable life.

Karen%20photo.jpgKaren Smith is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is working towards a Diploma in Counselling (Psychodynamic) at the University of Derby, Buxton campus. The main therapeutic approaches Karen uses are Humanistic, Person Centred, Gestalt and Existential counselling but she specialises in Psychodynamic Counselling. Karen works with her clients to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping them to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. This approach takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process. Karen may focus on patterns of behaviour and attachment theory with her clients whilst working with them to explore how their history is impacting on their present-day life. Karen has 25 years’ experience of coaching and mentoring adults in a work environment and experience of working with clients on bereavement, suicide, anxiety, sexual abuse, relationship and family problems.

Joanne Allen has a BSc in Integrative and Humanistic Therapy and studied at the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham. She is a registered member of BACP and is currently working towards professional accreditation. Joanne uses different approaches in her work such as Person-Centred, Gestalt, Psychodynamic theories and TA. Her work is client led, meaning that she works with whatever issues the client may bring, at a pace that suits them as an individual. Joanne has an interest in the links between our physical and emotional wellbeing, and illnesses such as ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia and other medically unexplained symptoms. In her previous career, Joanne worked in Early Years care. This has given her a sound understanding of human development and attachment styles. She uses this as the foundation of her client work, and often uses creative interventions to work with the 'inner child'.

Sandra%20photo.jpgSandra Hussey has a BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling Practice from the University of Nottingham, a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Sandra has seven years’ clinical experience working with all ages, individuals, couples and groups. She has extensive counselling experiencing encompassing a range of issues including depression, anxiety, domestic abuse, severe and enduring mental health issues, relationship and grief counselling, drugs and alcohol, suicidal ideation, OCD, PTSD and sexual abuse. Sandra has worked extensively in Nottingham city schools, for charities in Nottingham and within mental health for the NHS. Sandra also practises hypnotherapy and has 4 years’ experience using the Rewind technique for trauma.

Gemma Price has Postgraduate certificates in Dyslexia and Counselling Skills, andGemma-photo.jpgIntegrative Psychotherapy. She is currently working towards an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham and is a student member of the UKCP. Psychotherapy can help you better understand yourself and your relationships with others. Unconscious feelings, motivations and behaviour can be brought into your awareness with the belief that insight can unlock greater understanding and help promote change. Gemma's approach is to provide a safe, welcoming space where you can explore your feelings, emotions and experiences, helping you come to your own understanding and decisions. She is very interested in human relationship dynamics, links with development, and how early experiences can shape our lives. She works relationally, meaning that the relationship between herself and her clients is an important aspect of the therapy. Gemma has experience working with individuals with mental health issues and presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and trauma. Of particular interest to her are trauma, shame, and addiction.

SaSamantha%20photo.jpgmantha Morgan is an Integrative therapist, working with Person Centred and Psychodynamic approaches and is a registered member of the BACP.  She will offer you the time, space and skills in a safe, supportive environment to enable you to think through and unravel the difficulties in your life.  As children, we have experiences that teach us how to relate to others and to the world around us.  This continues to affect how we think and behave as adults and sometimes these effects can become unhelpful to us in our everyday life.  Samantha’s integrated therapy is based on the values of respect, empathy and genuineness for you, the client, and is centred around your individual needs, in the here and now. During the counselling process, Samantha will apply the appropriate theory and practice in order to help you facilitate change. She will offer support and understanding during the process of difficult events, including transitions, re-building your self-trust and internal resources, attachment, childhood issues, relationship problems, anxiety, depression and bereavement.  For a lot of men and women, taking the first step to seek counselling is often a very difficult one, but once you have taken that step you have started your journey that will lead you on an emotional, mental and physical journey that will empower you to make the changes to manage the situations in your life.

Sam Bosworth is a BSc (Hons) graduate in Psychology and is currently working towards an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at Derby University. She is a student member of the BACP following their guidelines and codes of ethics. Sam works integratively, combining the Person-Centred Approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attachment Theory, tailoring every session to individual needs. She offers a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment whereby clients are able to explore their thoughts, emotions and experiences and work towards their individual goals. She has a working background volunteering at a domestic abuse charity supporting victims of domestic violence. She has also worked voluntarily as a mentor and a teaching assistant supporting disadvantaged and disengaged young people with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, self-harm and family issues.

Anna Urbanska
is an integrative counsellor and accredited registered member of the British AssociationScreen%20Shot%202017-04-26%20at%2014.39. for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Her qualifications include a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Her professional experience of providing counselling includes work at Universities, the NHS, IAPT agencies and Bereavement Services.  She believes that there is real potential for change held in the relationship between psychotherapist and client.  She uses an integrative model of working and embraces different approaches. Each client is unique and she works in an authentic way to allow your true nature to come through. Her aim is to offer you a safe, confidential and trusting space where you feel able to explore what has brought you to therapy. She has worked with different groups of clients, from small children through students to adults. Some of the issues she has helped with are anxiety, depression, pregnancy-related issues, eating disorders, bereavement, trauma and work-related difficulties.  She believes that as a client you should set the agenda.  She sees individual clients for short term or long term open-ended therapeutic work.  In her view, there is no right or wrong length of time for therapy.   You will be listened to and supported in a process to enable you to start living life in a way that has meaning to you.

Luke Hicken holds an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Derby, is a registered member of the BACP, and has higher education qualifications in Social Psychology, Development Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Philosophy. Luke works as an integrative psychotherapist, incorporating Person-Centered listening skills with Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) and Attachment-based interventions, depending on the unique needs of each client. He also has experience working in a mentoring role with children at a primary school in South Wales, and with adolescents at an English language school in Belgium.
A musician at heart, Luke is also a Grade 8 guitarist and holds a BSc First Class Honours degree in Sound Technology.

Jenny Edwards is a BSc (Hons) graduate in Psychology joint with Theatre Studies and am currently working towards my Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a student member of the BACP and follows their guidelines and code of ethics. She aims to combine elements from the Person-Centred Approach, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Attachment Theory to tailor every session to the individual. She will listen to anything that might be going on for you and will work in collaboration with you towards your goals. Having a background in the arts, Jenny also has a strong interest in working creatively and creating a safe space for everyone to express themselves freely. She is bilingual and can offer therapy sessions in German as well.

Louise Brereton is currently working towards her MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited) at the University of Derby. Louise is a student member of the BACP adhering to their code of ethics and practice standards.  Louise has a background in Education, holding a BSc (Hons) degree in Education Studies, with a particular interest in behaviourism. Working integratively, Louise combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a Person-centred approach and Attachment Theory in order to tailor therapy to suit clients’ needs. Louise believes in offering clients a safe non-judgmental and confidential space through which clients can comfortably share thoughts, emotions and experience in addition to working together to achieve clients’ goals.  Louise has recent experience working in a substance misuse centre with clients who are struggling with addiction and also with clients post-detox. In this context, she has gained experience working with addiction, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, suicidal ideation, family issues, bereavement, loneliness and anger.

Anna Douglas is currently working towards a PGDip in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and is a student member of the BACP. She is trained to work with adults and has specialist training in working with children and young people. In her current working role she supports young people and families at risk of breakdown. She works with complex family difficulties, mental health, social and educational needs. She has an academic background in Philosophy with a BA and MA in this discipline and has volunteered extensively for over ten years in a range of supporting roles.Anna works with adults and young people integratively and creatively, meaning that in her backpack she has a range of skills she can use to help clients work through their difficulties. She grounds herself in Humanistic approaches and uses aspects of other approaches including Psychodynamic, CBT and Attachment Theory depending on what is best for the client. Anna is trained to work with creative therapeutic techniques, with a special interest in Play Therapy, Sand tray and Narrative techniques. She provides a safe space to explore what clients wish to bring to counselling at their pace, which begins in the forming of a safe working relationship. She allows space for working creatively if a client wishes and has a large range of creative tools clients can use. Anna has extensive experience of working with stress, low mood and depression, anxiety and difficulties within relationships and families.

Divya Pardesi is an Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, currently working towards her Master’s at the University of Derby. She is a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP) and adheres to their ethical framework. She also holds a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology. Divya has worked in a few charities around Derbyshire and her counselling experience includes short-term and long-term therapy with clients presenting with a plethora of issues from mild to severe mental ill health, bereavement, low self-esteem, domestic and sexual abuse, cultural conflict, eating disorders with comorbid depression, anxiety, self-harm and low self-esteem. Her role as a therapist has been to create a safe and comfortable environment that allows clients to explore their emotions and to make sense of their feelings and provide suitable interventions for them to deal with their issues. She is bilingual and can offer therapy in Hindi/Urdu as well.  Divya is very interested in Compassion-Focussed Therapy and apart from practicing within the three modalities (Person-Centered, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Attachment Theory), she often incorporates CFT concepts in her interventions with clients.

Jo Fretwell would be pleased to help you with any difficulties you may be dealing with in your life. She understands that sometimes it isn't possible to cope alone and perhaps it is not possible to lean on family and friends; she believes passionately in the benefits of working with a counsellor. Jo is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a Master’s Degree in this field (level 7). She is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), she is fully insured and DBS checked. She has volunteered for some years with a bereavement charity, which led her to train as a counsellor. She previously worked as a mental health nurse and has worked with a variety of problems. Jo is trained integratively which means she will adapt the therapy to your needs. Her training includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness, and Bereavement Care, Working with Children and Adolescents and Transactional Analysis. She also practices Compassion Focused Therapy personally and with her clients. Jo is trained in Person Centred Counselling which she believes is the bedrock of all therapies. In Person Centred Counselling there is no hierarchy between therapist and client; the relationship is based on the therapist expressing empathy, genuineness and unconditional positive regard to their client at all times. Jo has worked with people from many different cultures and embraces all our differences.  She would always aim to offer a warm, safe and confidential space for each client.

Connie Corbishley is a qualified counsellor with a Master’s degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is trained to work with Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attachment theory and she adapts and combines each of these depending upon what is required by each new client.  Her approach aims to find a balance between discovering tools and strategies to help you to manage the difficulties which you are facing at this time whilst safely exploring what the underlying causes of these difficulties may be in order to find longer term relief.  Professionally she has worked with a wide range of clients; originally she came from a background in the field of alcohol and substance misuse and she now also has several years’ experience of practising with clients who have suffered sexual violence, bereavement, significant losses and life-altering illnesses.  This means that she has worked with broad variety of presenting difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and low self-esteem to name just some. Whatever pain or struggles you are dealing with at this time, whether you know what is troubling you or can’t quite put your finger on it, Connie hopes to be able to create the warmth, space and understanding for you to explore this and to find a way forward.

Jo-Burch-photo.jpgJo Burch says that it is completely normal to find life tough at times and you don't have to struggle on alone. She offers a safe, confidential and compassionate space for you to be you away from the pressures of everyday life. You will have the opportunity to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours and the difficulties you are facing with someone who won't judge you. Jo will work together to help you find your own way through and will support you to make the changes you choose. It may also be that some things can't be changed and she can help you to find acceptance.  Jo is very interested in relational dynamics and how our early experiences shape who we are today. Sometimes relationship patterns we developed in childhood do not serve us so well as adults and it is those patterns that can adversely affect our psychological, emotional and physical health. She has a special interest in neuroscience and other research showing a correlation between health difficulties and unresolved childhood issues and trauma.  Some of the areas Jo can help with include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain and fatigue, loss and bereavement, relationship issues, family problems, healing of trauma and abuse and learning to cope with emotions that can feel difficult such as anger, fear, sadness and shame.  Jo has an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham and is a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). She abides by both organisations' ethical principles and codes of professional conduct.

Laura Atkins has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Derby and is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a student member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follows their guidelines and code of ethics. She currently works for a charity called SARAC where she has gained experience working with people who have been affected by sexual abuse, rape, child sexual exploitation and unhealthy relationships. She has experience in working with trauma, anxiety and depression. Laura combines approaches from Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attachment Theory. This means she can tailor therapy to suit your individual needs. Together with you she can identify and work towards your goals.

Robert Hines has a BA (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling from the University of Nottingham and is currently undertaking a Masters in Trauma Studies. He is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a registered accredited member of National Counselling Society (NCS). He has 3 years’ experience working with young people and adolescents offering talk therapy or working with play. He gained experience working with young people and adolescents in primary and secondary schools in Nottingham through the organisation Contacts Counselling and Therapy. He has also counselled university students at Nottingham Trent University. In support of his continuing development as a counsellor he has undertaken workshops in working with play, self-harm, bereavement, depression and working with young people.  Therapeutically Robert offers support from a person-centred perspective and incorporates both solution-focused and trauma-focused interventions to provide a more broad-based support for clients of all ages experiencing concerns such as anxiety, sexual abuse, depression, trauma, social anxiety, suicide, bereavement, self-harm and academic concerns.  He holds the belief that life is a process just as counselling too is a process. Daily life and counselling fused together enriches people with insight and awareness to make necessary changes or see life afresh with newer understanding of self or others. All people deserve to live a life fulfilled in a way they choose.

Katherine HaKatherine%20Harper.jpgrper is currently working to complete her MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. She is a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and adheres to their code of ethics for standard practice in counselling. Katherine also holds a BA in Psychology from Portland State University. Katherine has a background in Education, and has worked in Behavioural settings with both children and adults. This has helped her gain experience working with anxiety, depression, bereavement, addiction, and trauma. Katherine’s comprehensive training in mental health can help individuals with a variety of challenges and goals. Using an Integrative Approach, Katherine combines Person Centred Approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Attachment Theory to best suit her clients’ needs.

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£30 per hour maximum.

Reduced fee will be offered to those who are on lower incomes, unemployed, students or otherwise suffering financial hardship. More information available at assessment.

£40 for couples.

Maps & Directions

Derby, DE1 1DJ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: Polish; German.


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Appointments available from 8am - 8pm, Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme