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MBACP, Senses Psychotherapy and Counselling

About me

Are you putting on a brave face? Keeping calm, carrying on? Maybe that’s how you get through the day at the moment.  That’s a tough act to keep up - and perhaps you’re at a point where you’re struggling to keep saying “I’m fine” or “It’s okay”.

If you feel like you want someone to understand what you’re really going through, a counsellor can be that person.  I offer a space where you can talk about how you honestly feel, or maybe start to get a sense of that.  I won’t judge you or make assumptions about what it’s like to be you.  I’ll listen,  and do my best to support you.

I specialise in helping people to carry on going, or to get going again when they get stuck - because life is really hard sometimes, isn't it?  Sometimes there’s tricky stuff that happened in the past, or there’s stuff we’re going through now.  Family issues? Life changes? Loneliness? Anxiety? Feeling sad? These are all areas where I have supported people like you to feel better.

If you're worrying about reaching out, I understand.  Maybe you've been struggling alone for a long time, and that seems the only way.  But if self-help hasn't worked so far, professional support now could make a big difference.    

Training, qualifications & experience

I’m a counsellor, a parent, a former teacher - and a unique human being! I have recently worked with the NHS and for a local mental health charity.   My brand new practice is called Senses Psychotherapy and Counselling, and I work from a friendly clinic in Mansfield Woodhouse and online.  

I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling Practitioners (BACP) and follow their strict ethical code.  I have completed level 7 post-graduate diploma training.   Alongside my work, I'm completing a 4 year research MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the highly regarded Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham, accredited by Staffordshire University. This rigorous training process has included 4 years of my own therapy and regular consultation with senior therapists. 

My research interest in chronic pain and the impact of supportive relationships means that I am constantly updating my knowledge in this area, collaborating with other health professionals and deeply curious about my clients' experience of pain or illness.  I work with all sorts of other issues too!

I have worked with clients at different life stages, from early adulthood to elders and know that life changes can be particularly tricky and isolating times.  I am always adding to my experience and have recently updated my training in body-aware approaches, mindfulness, intergenerational trauma and therapeutic parenting.

Before training in counselling and psychotherapy, I taught languages and supported children with learning differences.  I hold a PGCE and BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham. As well as English, I speak German, some French and am learning Spanish.  Ever-curious about our world and our diversity of beliefs, cultures and experience, I commit to respecting you for the unique human-being you are.  I look forward to meeting you.

Member organisations


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


From £25.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer a free,  20 minute telephone consultation to help you to decide whether I'm the right person to support you.

I am currently offering an initial online or in-person assessment session for £25, so you can decide whether I'm the right counsellor for you.

My normal fee is £40 per 50 minute session, in-person or online.  Concessions may be available, please ask.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Other times may be available.

Further information

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, by email or phone.  I aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours, often sooner.   When getting in touch, let me know the best way and time to contact you.

88 Station Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 8AB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

In person sessions are currently available Fridays only at Sherwood Wellness in Mansfield Woodhouse. Free on-street parking is available nearby, and the centre is easily accessed by public transport.