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Psychotherapist, MA. UKCP Accred. (HIPC). RMN

About me

I offer a private specialist psychotherapy service based in Mansfield covering the areas Newark, Nottingham, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. I also continue to proudly work for the NHS where I have 38 years experience of working as a Principal Adult Psychotherapist and Mental Health Nurse. This has given me a wealth of insights, knowledge and experience in working with a wide variety of mental health issues.

I have a warm, friendly manner and provide a supportive and explorative therapeutic relationship. I understand how difficult it can be to open up about distressing, difficult issues that we often try hard to suppress, and therefore finding the right therapist to explore these issues with is really important. I can offer you a safe, confidential environment to work through these difficulties, tailoring therapy to your individual need.

Psychotherapy and Counselling allows us to explore experiences from your past, perhaps from your childhood or more recent events and relationships, which might be troubling and painful to you. Psychotherapy can help to gain new insights and understanding and achieve ways to improve mental health and wellbeing.

I offer Psychotherapy and Counselling appointments to both individuals and couples. Appointments are 1 hour in duration with the first assessment appointment lasting 90 minutes. Psychotherapy sessions may take place over short or long term periods depending on individual needs.

I have significant experience and interests in working with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Eating disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse (in childhood or more recently for both men and women)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Psycho-Sexual
  • Attachment
  • Jealousy
  • Relationships
  • Adoption
  • Addictions
  • Anger Management

Training, qualifications & experience

Gestalt Psychotherapy (MA) (Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute and Derby University).

UKCP Accredited (HIPC)


38 years of experience of working in the NHS in adult mental health services. The majority of this has been in psychotherapy services providing individual, couples, group psychotherapy and supervision.

I have also taught on the Scarborough Psychotherapy Institute training programme and provided Psychotherapy in a Specialist Eating Disorders unit.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy


Additional information

Initial Assessment Appointment £90 (90 minutes for individuals and couples)

Individual Psychotherapy Appointments £60 (60 Minutes)

Couples £80 (60 minutes)

When I work

Appointments available at evenings and weekends as well as weekdays.

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19

Appleton Gate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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Close proximity to Mansfield Woodhouse train station (2 minute walk) Car parking available. Air conditioned office.