Green Lane Counselling & Psychotherapy
We are offering our full service during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 period. Sessions will typically be conducted online or by phone. In some circumstances, however, face-to-face sessions can be made available. Please do not hesitate to call 07977712027 or email to book in for an assessment session. Reduced fees are available for anyone in financial hardship and there is no limit to the number of concessions that we can offer.
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 an assessment. We see clients from the age of 5 upwards.
Appointments available from 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings/early afternoons.
Training, qualifications & experience
My name is Lucy Harris and I own and manage the Green Lane Counselling & Psychotherapy Service. There are currently 30 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.
Jack 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.
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 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.
Sandra 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 believes that psychotherapy can help you better understand yourself and your relationships with others. Unconscious feelings and motivations can be brought into your awareness with the belief that insight can unlock greater understanding and help promote change. She has great interest in relationship dynamics, links with development, and how early experiences can shape our lives. Gemma offers a safe, compassionate space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences. An important aspect of her psychotherapeutic practice is a relational approach. This means that the relationship between herself and her clients is key. She has experience working with individuals with many presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and confidence, sexuality, relationship issues, family issues and trauma. Trauma and its effect on the body and mind is of particular interest to her. Gemma has an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham, and is a registered member of the UKCP.
holds an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and she is a registered member of the BACP following their guidelines and codes of ethics. She also holds a BSc First Class (Hons) degree in Psychology.
Sam has a volunteering background, working at a domestic abuse charity supporting victims of domestic violence, and as a mentor and a teaching assistant supporting disadvantaged and disengaged young people. She has also worked as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor supporting university students with an aim to reduce the impact their mental health might have on them and for them to achieve their full potential whilst at university.
As an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Sam combines the Person-Centred Approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attachment Theory. Working integratively enables every therapy session to be tailored to the individual’s needs. She offers a safe, non-judgemental, confidential and supportive environment whereby clients are able to explore their thoughts, emotions and experiences and work towards their individual goals.
Some of the issues Sam has experience working with include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Self-Harming, Family and Relationship issues, Grief and Loss, Eating Disorders, Body related issues, OCD, Addiction, Trauma and Abuse.
Anna Urbanska is an integrative counsellor and accredited registered member of the British Association 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.
Anna Douglas is a Counsellor/therapist trained to work with children, young people and adults. Anna has a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 7) and specialist training and experience working with children and young people and the use of Creative and Expressive therapies. Anna is a registered member of the BACP and is a member of the SEA the Society for Existential Analysis with a BA and MA in Philosophy which blends into her therapeutic work.
Anna has over 13 years of professional and voluntary experience working with children, adults and families within Multi-agency/Social Services, community projects and within the charitable sector. Anna has extensive experience working with difficulties around identity and the self, anxiety and depression, workplace/education and complexities within families and relationships.
Anna is trained to work 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. Anna primarily uses Humanistic, developmental and relational ways of working with clients. Anna is trained to work with Creative and Expressive techniques with a special interest in Play, Sand and Narrative techniques with a large range of tools clients may use if they wish. Anna 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.
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.
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.
Nick Campion is an integrative psychotherapist, with an MSc from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. He is interested in each client’s unique experience of themselves, others and the world around them. Understanding our relationships, both with others and with ourselves, is crucial in addressing our problems, challenges or distress. Indeed, our early relationships help shape who we become and many clients find it invaluable to finally understand the source of certain patterns of behaviour and emotions that are hard to explain. Nick’s experience working with clients has led me to be a strong believer in the power of listening with empathy and understanding, and utterly without judgement. Simply having the opportunity to speak freely and honestly without fear of judgement can be transformational in itself. He is interested in his clients as people rather than as any diagnosis they may be given. He believes 'What has happened to you?' is a far better question to ask than 'What is wrong with you?' Nick’s first goal is always to help the client feel safe, valued, accepted and understood.
Manaal Mulla was raised in Dubai and being of Indian origin she has learnt the importance of cultural context in understanding people’s experiences. She believes in providing a non-judgmental and empathic space where her clients can find safety and direction. She is committed to guiding you through life’s struggles and walking with you on the path to healing.
Manaal is currently working towards her MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Derby. As a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), she adheres to their code of ethics for standard practice in counselling. She is also a BSc graduate in Psychology with Counselling Skills from Middlesex University Dubai. Manaal is bilingual and can offer sessions in Hindi/Urdu as well.
Dana Hartshorn is currently studying an 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. She seeks to provide a safe and welcoming space where clients can explore their feelings, emotions and experiences, and collaboratively build understanding, set goals and form a morecongruent sense of self. Dana’s background is American, and she holds a BA in Social Psychology from the Bates College, Maine, USA. Dana has a degree in psychology and has worked with children, adolescents and adults in clinical and educational settings. This has helped her gain experience in working with depression, low self-esteem and anxiety, trauma/abuse, behavioural disorders and other mental health issues. Psychotherapy can help you better understand yourself as well as your relationships with others. Insight and awareness into unconscious feelings, motivations and behaviour leads to greater self-understanding and helps promote change behavioural and mental change. Dana will be using an integrative approach, combining the Person-Centred Approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Attachment Theory to best suit her clients’ needs.
Aman Johal Aman is currently studying for an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. She is a registered student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to their code of ethics and practice standards. Aman holds a BA (Hons) degree in Public Policy and Management and has a background in both public and private sector care. She is also a qualified Holistic Therapist and provides therapy for mental health projects within Erewash Borough and Nottingham City Council. This has helped her gain experience working with various mental health issues, depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, addiction, anger, family or relationship issues and bereavement. Aman has a warm, caring and non-judgemental approach and aims to create a safe, comfortable and relaxed environment, enabling clients to feel secure and confident when exploring any issues or problems they may be facing. She uses an integrative approach when working with clients, combining Person Centred Therapy, Attachment Theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, tailoring each session to individual needs. Aman works as an outreach volunteer for the Samaritans and supports in fundraising for homeless charities such as Framework and the Trussell Trust Foodbank network.
Richard Mark-Hansen is currently studying towards an MSc in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of Derby, after previously completing a BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy there. As a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), he is obligated to practice in accordance to their ethical guidelines for therapeutic practice. Richard’s mission is to work with clients to create a safe and understanding environment for clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and subsequently themselves with the aim of empowering the client and helping them to navigate the difficulties they experience and reach healing and growth. He is also passionate about therapy’s accessibility, and trying to base therapy around the client as an individual, their needs and their goals. As someone who appreciates difference and diversity, he understands the importance of considering these when looking at how people uniquely attribute and understand their experiences.
Lucy Kempster is currently studying towards an BSc in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham. As a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), she is obligated to work in accordance with their ethical guidelines for therapeutic practice. Therapeutically, Lucy works with clients from a humanistic and integrative stance. She aims to provide a confidential and safe space in which to work collaboratively with individuals in order to support self-discovery and healing.
Paul Williams has a profound interest in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy and other talking therapies in general. The reason is he enjoys meeting people and interacting through discussion in face to face or group settings; this gives him the opportunity to listen and understand their concerns within a safe and comfortable environment. Paul is currently working towards his MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. His long-term aim is to specialise in Trauma, Bereavement, Survivors of Religious Cults and Human Trafficking. He is also interested in working with the Deaf Community, who have generally struggled to get access to Counselling and other forms of psychological support because of the limited number of counsellors who use British Sign Language. He has done his qualifications in British Sign Language Level 2 and Deaf History/ Culture. He intends to develop his skills in this area in order to support this client group. He has volunteered for ChildLine East Midlands, Cruse Bereavement Care, Marie Curie and Nottinghamshire Deaf Society. In addition, Paul has worked in a hostel with teenagers who were homeless and had been subjected to physical and sexual abuse; they were also dealing with issues such as substance misuse and self-harming behaviours. Furthermore, he has devoted my time to the Divert Trust which was a project aimed at supporting children that had been earmarked for exclusion from school.
Claire Dawson is an integrative counsellor, using person-centred therapy as the foundation of the counselling she offers. This means that together we find tools to help you manage while gently balancing this with exploring the challenges you may be experiencing. It’s Claire’s belief that you know you better than anyone – she is here to help you find the answers from within. Claire is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works in accordance with their guidelines. She has completed a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and will soon begin the Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. In addition to this, she continues to learn professionally as part of her BACP membership. Life can be challenging but through exploring, discovering and understanding, Claire believes you can heal, grow and thrive.
Karen Chamberlain is currently working towards a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and is a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Karen works using a person-centred approach: she will help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a safe, confidential and trusting space free from judgement and will support you in facilitating any changes that you would like to make. Karen has a background of working in a SEN school, specifically with severe ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Currently she volunteers for the charity Head High, which offers a safe space at weekends for adults struggling with their mental health to pop in for a coffee and a chat. In her work with Derby County Community Trust, Karen is involved in delivering sessions supporting adult mental health through physical activities, such as football and boxercise. She also delivers a youth group called Tackle It which works together with CAMHS to support 12 to 18 year olds with their mental health by offering a safe space to gain confidence and socialise.
Marlon Blair is in the process of completing his level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. He works under the guidance of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) of which he is a student member. Marlon’s aim is to support you in a person-centred way, meaning that you will be the focus of your time together. He will endeavour to maintain a safe environment for you to discuss any issues which you are facing without feeling judged. Marlon has a background in care and has worked in various areas of the care profession and the NHS. He is presently a Health Care Support Worker for an acute mental health hospital and Nursing Assistant for Derbyshire Health Care Trust at Kingsway Hospital. He supports people who suffer with one or more Mental Health Illnesses such as depression, self-harm, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety in different forms, personality disorders and some forms of addiction. Over the years, his passion for helping people has developed and brought him to this stage in his life, where he wants to help people through the vehicle of counselling. He is passionate about meeting people in their moment, at whatever stage they are in their lives and helping them to cope with the issues they are facing or work through them together .
Ruth Holland believes that counselling can transform your life and she is here to help. Whether you are struggling with stress and anxiety, trauma, relationships or just finding it difficult to get through your day. Ruth offers counselling of a Person-Centred nature and her role is to help you to discover solutions to issues in a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive environment. She believes that you are able to make positive changes to your life when you are listened to and feel valued. Ruth has a BSc in Psychology and is currently working towards a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. She is a member of the BACP. Ruth has a PGCE and has worked as a teacher for nearly 20 years, supporting many children and their families.
Catherine Chapman is currently working towards an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means she works with three modalities: cognitive behavioural therapy, person centred therapy and attachment theory, and tailors the sessions to meet a client’s individual needs. After studying CBT as a stand-alone modality, Catherine decided that a more integrative approach suited her personality. She believes in providing a safe, non-judgemental space for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. Counselling placements and previous work in primary and higher education has allowed her to gain experience working with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, grief, food and body related issues, trauma, and relationship issues. Catherine is interested in human connection to nature and animals, so spends much of her free time outdoors with her dog, who she is currently training to work as a future therapy dog.
Ross Webster is currently working towards my MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. He is also a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Ross spent a number of years working in education, as a primary school teacher, and his experiences have highlighted the importance of positive relationships with his pupils, parents and colleagues to drive progress. He aims to relate to an individual and create a positive, safe environment which helps clients reach their goals. His years as a teacher have also given him insights into managing and supporting individual needs, with their wellbeing his priority, as well as an awareness of how early experiences can shape lives.
Ross believes counselling and psychotherapy can lead us to self-acceptance, self-discovery and contentment, while strengthening our relationships.
He is also a lover of sport and did a degree in Sports Science. His claim to fame is playing in a televised football match whilst living in Australia.
Ryan Selby is currently studying towards an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy after previously completing a BSc in Applied Psychology. He works from an integrated approach, using Person Centred Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attachment Theory which allows him to adapt for every individual’s needs. He is a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is obligated to practice in accordance to their ethical guidelines for therapeutic practice.
No matter how big or small the issue is, Ryan would like to create a safe space for anyone to come to him where you can work together to help find ways of recognising, processing, and changing emotions, thoughts, and behaviours where necessary. He has a compassionate and empathetic nature with a true desire to try and help others improve their wellbeing. Also, as he is half Indian, he has learnt the importance of cultural context in understanding people’s experiences.
Ryan’s previous experience includes working for a phone-in service where he provided non-judgemental emotional support for fellow university students, working on a mental health placement in Sri Lanka, and working with a bereavement charity where he worked closely with young people who used the service.
Kristina Gumbryte is currently working towards her MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. She is also a student member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), adhering to their ethical framework at all times.
Kristina is from Lithuania and moved to the United Kingdom in 2011. Throughout her life, she has worked in a variety of roles, but her passion has always been in helping others, which is why she completed a degree in Psychology with First Class Honours. Alongside her degree, Kristina has worked with individuals with learning disabilities, ASD, Epilepsy, and people with eating disorders to name a few. She has also worked with homeless individuals, where she provided one to one emotional support, particularly focusing on self-harm, anxiety and depression. Working with a wide range of people has aided her in realising that even if we all might have walked a similar path in life, the way life affects us can vary greatly, which is why she works in a person-centred way to ensure she gets to know people for who they are, without any prior assumptions. The integrative nature of Kristina’s course also allows her to use techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Attachment Theory.
Fionnuala Rupchand has worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 10 years. In her experience, people seek counselling for a variety of reasons ranging from crisis to personal development. The counselling relationship is unique, separate from the rest of life and offers a confidential space to explore and understand your relationship with yourself and others. Fionnuala’s practice is anchored by the belief that we are all fundamentally OK and we all have the capacity for change and growth. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma and abuse, relationship issues, eating disorders and major life changes. She also has specialist experience of working within obesity and eating disorders services including a bariatric surgery service. Fionnuala has an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and is a full member of UKCP and registered member of BACP.
Maheen Shahab has a Bsc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling degree from Middlesex University Dubai, and a certificate in Mental Health First Aid Training from the Lighthouse Arabia in Dubai. Currently, she is a student member of the BACP and studying an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby.
From a young age, Maheen has been an avid admirer of great psychologists. Her interest started with Freud, and later expanded to the works of Carl Rogers, Beck, Irvin Yalom, and many more. She has been fascinated with the human mind, and how it works when it is distressed and faces calamities. She hopes to work with her clients towards lessening their distress and helping them find their true authentic selves, using the three modalities she is trained in. Maheen has always been passionate about psychoeducation and spreading awareness about the mental health field in the eastern parts of the world, as she has grown up in Dubai and recognizes the need for mental health awareness, especially in young adults growing up in these times. Furthermore, she has a broad understanding of a variety of cultures due to growing up in a multi-cultural city such as Dubai. She loves to gain more self-awareness, and would love to encourage that in her clients as well.
Other than her interests in Psychology, Maheen loves reading novels and spending her time writing stories and poetry, and usually enjoys a good, enlightening conversation with a warm cup of coffee on rainy days! As you can see, the beach is her favourite place to unwind and connect with herself.
Hollie White is an integrative counselling psychotherapist working towards her MSc degree, and a student member of the BACP. Being an Integrative practitioner, bringing together the modalities of Person centred, Attachment and Cognitive Behavioural theories, she can offer a tailored response to supporting you with your needs, in a way that works for you.
Hollie also holds an MSc in Psychology and has a wide range of experience of supporting individuals from many different backgrounds and of all ages, with varying mental health needs in both education and the community. She is a caring, patient, non-judgemental and attentive person. She is also passionate about the natural tendency of human beings to grow, develop, and overcome the issues they face; however, we sometimes get stuck! When this happens, Hollie believes that very often it is through a supportive and respectful relationship with another in therapy that we can begin to become aware, understand, and take steps to resolve issues that may be holding us back in some way.
As a person of mixed raced heritage, Hollie has a good appreciation for cultural and diversity issues and the impacts this could have on an individual. In addition, she has a good appreciation of the impacts of family dysfunction, poverty and parental mental health on the child and young person as they develop into adulthood. More widely Hollie has interests in spirituality and holistic therapies, such as meditation and reiki as ways of self-care and grounding.
My name is Paula and I have completed a Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling and I am currently undertaking my BA in Counselling. I am an Individual Member of the BACP and I have 3years of experience counselling both adults and children in a number of settings. I gained experience working with primary school children through an organisation called Place2Be offering talking and play therapy. I also gained experience working with bereaved adults and children at Treetops Hospice and women at a domestic abuse charity in Derby. In addition to my private counselling work, I also work as a Mental Health Practitioner within GP practices for a local mental health charity.
Therapeutically I am an Integrative Counsellor working with Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic and Attachment Theory. I have worked with bereavement, anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem, personality disorders, suicidal ideation, sexual abuse, relationship issues, domestic violence and eating disorders.
I am person centred at the core which means for me the most important part of our work is our therapeutic relationship. I aim to create a calm, compassionate and safe space for you to explore your thoughts, emotions and experiences. I believe that everyone has the capacity for personal growth and change, given the right conditions. Together we can explore your past, as such
experiences can influence thoughts, emotions and behaviour in later life.
Alternatively, for you, change may occur by focusing on the here and now and for some this can help you find a new, positive perspective on problems.
I use creative techniques and tools from different counselling modalities, along with mindfulness and I aim to tailor an individual approach for you. I work in collaboration with you and will be guided by your needs and adapt the therapy accordingly to bring about change.
Tara Shennan is a trauma therapist and she works with an integrative approach. But, what does that really mean? It means that she brings together different approaches in a way that works best for you. Sometimes we need to work more creatively, sometimes we need to work on a deep level with difficult memories, and sometimes we need to challenge some of the beliefs that are being held. When we work together, we work to the level that you are able to work to because your wellbeing is the most important thing.
She has over 11 years of experience working with people who have experienced trauma, across many settings such as charities, the NHS and in private practice. This area of work has also meant building an in-depth understanding of working with issues such as low self-esteem, self-harm, disordered eating, suicidal ideation, risk taking behaviours and post-traumatic stress disorder, amongst many others. Tar has experience of delivering Pre-Trial Therapy.
Tara has worked with children, young people and adults and has a particular specialism in internet sexual abuse. She currently works in the mental health crisis team within the NHS and also gives lectures to trainee clinical psychologists on issues such as ethics in the therapy room and maintaining the therapeutic relationship with traumatised clients.
Tara has a level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Working in an integrative approach she brings together person-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, gestalt approach, attachment theory, polyvagal theory, play therapy and creative therapies. She is working towards a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and is a student member of the British Psychological Society.
Hayley Dennis is an accredited Psychotherapist and qualified Relate-trained Relationship Counsellor. She also has over 10 years’ experience in voluntary roles working with adult individuals, couples, families, young people, and children. Her psychotherapy practice integrates the following theoretical approaches: Psychodynamic, Systemic, CBT, Person Centred, Gestalt and Brief Solution Focussed Therapy. Hayley has experience working with clients with issues including sexual abuse, mental health, suicidal ideation, self-harm, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, life stage and sexuality/gender identity.
Member organisations *
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Concessions offered for
Assessment for individual sessions: £20
Fee for individual sessions: £30 per hour maximum.
Fee for couples/relationship counselling: £40
Reduced fee will be offered to those who are on lower incomes, unemployed, students or otherwise suffering financial hardship. More information available at assessment.
Appointments available from 8am - 8pm, Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings