About me

As a fully qualified Counsellor with over 25 years of practice, I fully recognise the importance of that key ingredient – the therapeutic alliance which can evolve trust into relationships that may flourish to become full of hope, compassion and new and surprising understandings for both parties. 

In my practice I am open to help any kind of client in need, having had the experience of discovery and the recovery of my own wellbeing. 

The advent of neuroplasticity has given the world the realisations that useful and empowering tools can be given fully and used in our therapeutic practices.

Active Mindful Listening describes the power of silence and authentic listening, the respect for compassion and healing silences in our exchanges, especially where we are in gentle environments. I believe that we all have the potential and ability to fully flourish to our full extent, heal, know and experience new recoveries and the abundance of realisation and Wellbeing. 

I am an Integrative Counsellor. I have chosen to work mainly within the Person - Centred Counselling framework. Person-centred counsellors create a climate of unconditional positive and congruent relationships for clients to explore their woes and difficulties. In practice, I have found I am able the use this approach when working together, to source someone’s specific needs. 

Training, qualifications & experience

My own life experiences which included a mid-life abrupt breakdown followed by a major trauma-informed me that I should slow down from my fast past life as an entrepreneur. In my questing to choose a new life and seek voluntary work I accidentally beached up at Emmanuel House a homeless day centre. I had experienced the benefit of the 4 months of counselling and psychotherapy that I had received at The Nottingham Clinic (NHS) for substance dependency. 

At Emanual House, I began to realise that I was gradually coming home to my authentic self, blessed that I was able to listen fully to help the visitors, and at times soothe their worries and disappointments compassionately whilst experiencing real empathy to others. At NAG (Nottingham Advocacy Group) as a trainee mental health advocate in 1992, I was accepted as a student at the University of Nottingham and read Psychology and Sociology for 4 years. Therein I also read widely for four years to study and practice many of the major counselling practices. 

Since this time I have developed a vast wealth of experience, conducting research and working in a wide range of community settings. I have also had the role of Managing Director, researching with a team to create Experts by Experience Ltd, a Co-operative Consortium (Not for Profit) to provide survivors of abuse and users of mental health robust services to become expert consultants, trainers, researchers, independent advocates and campaigners.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£50 Per Hour

Free Initial Assessment 30 mins


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Further information

(Please drive in through the black iron gates and park in the large carpark. Opposite the entrance to the carpark there is a small court yard with benches. Please enter through the door to your right. In the entrance to the stair well you will see a small waiting area with the Serenity Logo. Please wait here for your appointment and your therapist will come down to greet you.)

Suite 7
Anson Court
Horninglow Street
DE14 1NG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Mervin Goring

Mervin Goring