To see a short introduction to each of our counsellors, please select their picture.
Depending on your screen size, you might need to scroll down to see everyone.
Lucy has a Master's Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy and is an accredited registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
Lucy has worked with a whole range of ages and issues. She has worked with adults at several charities which help clients who might not normally be able to afford it to access counselling. She has worked with clients who have anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, agoraphobia and self-harming behaviour. She has an interest in Compassion Focused Therapy which is often used with clients who are very self-critical.
She has 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.
Andy has a Master's Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and is an accredited registered member of the BACP. He draws on a variety of approaches so that he can meet the individual needs of his clients. He has worked for West Leicestershire MIND and Derby Counselling Centre and as a health worker supporting clients with Acquired Brain Injury.
He has specialist experience working with clients suffering from Depression and Anxiety using techniques derived from REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy), Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and Human Givens Approach. He also has experience dealing with workplace stress, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Eating Disorders, Addiction(s), Alcoholism, Self Esteem, Assertiveness, Anger Management, Bereavement, Relationship Difficulties and Childhood Abuse.
Jack has a Master's Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy and is an accredited 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.
Luke 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 counsellor, incorporating a Person-Centered approach with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Attachment theory, depending on the needs of each client. He 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.
Karen has completed a level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice and is a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and works within their Ethical Framework. The main therapeutic approaches Karen uses are Humanistic, Person Centred, Gestalt and Existential, 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 and experience of working with clients of all ages on bereavement, suicide, anxiety, sexual abuse, relationship and family problems.
Sandra 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 also practises hypnotherapy and has 4 years' experience using the Rewind technique for trauma.
Sandra has worked extensively in Nottingham city schools, for charities in Nottingham and within mental health for the NHS.
Sue has a BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Studies from the University of Nottingham and graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Lincoln. In addition, Sue is currently completing a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She is a registered member of BACP.
Sue's main theoretical approach is person-centred but incorporates additional approaches such as CBT and solution-focused work to reflect client need.
Sue has worked in prison settings for issues ranging from depression and anxiety, PTSD and substance misuse. She has also worked with women and children fleeing domestic abuse situations when the focus has required crisis management and self-esteem.
Sue has also gained experience as an advocate of working with vulnerabilities and complex needs clients.
My name is Laura Humphrey. I am a qualified Psychotherapist. I have an accredited MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work with a wide variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal intent and abuse. Previously I worked in the Mental Health field for 15 years with clients who had severe and enduring mental illness. I also worked in Neuro Rehab at Derby Royal, and Oncology at Nottingham City Hospital.
My 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.
Stephanie has a Master's Degree in Dramatherapy and is a member of the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADTH). Dramatherapy is a psychological therapy that draws upon creative aspects to provide distance and safety for in-depth explorations into personal issues.
Working from a client-led approach, she aims to enable self-expression, self-care and empowerment. Stephanie uses aspects such as stories, objects, masks and art. She has experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, as well as working with children in schools. She has worked with a range of issues including suicidal thoughts, self-harm, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and behavioural problems.
My name is Anna. I am an integrative counsellor, accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA). I hold a Certificate in Couples Counselling.
My professional experience of providing counselling includes work at a Fertility Clinic, Universities, Relate, NHS and IAPT agencies.
I believe that there is real potential for change held in the relationship between psychotherapist and client.
My aim is to offer you a safe, confidential and trusting space where you feel able to explore what has brought you to therapy. I have worked with different groups of clients, from small children through students to adults and couples and Diplomas in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Coaching.
Some of the issues I have helped with are anxiety, depression, fertility and pregnancy-related issues, eating disorders, bereavement, trauma and work-related difficulties.
Hello, my name is Gemma. 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. I have great interest in relationship dynamics, links with development, and how early experiences can shape our lives.
I offer a safe, compassionate space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences. An important aspect of my psychotherapeutic practice is a relational approach. This means that the relationship between myself and my clients is key. My integrative psychotherapeutic approach is a talking and embodied approach. Narratives and words are important, so are the sensations in our bodies, as well as our intuition. I believe integration to be a full body experience and in sessions I may respectfully invite you to explore being creative perhaps through play, movement or imagination.
I have 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 me.
I have an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham and am a registered, accredited member of UKCP.
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.
Hello, My name's Jo. I would be pleased to help you with any difficulties you may be dealing with in your life. I understand that sometimes it isn't possible to cope alone, and perhaps it is not possible to lean on family and friends; I believe passionately in the benefits of working with a counsellor.
I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a Master's Degree in this field (level 7). I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I am fully insured and DBS checked. I have volunteered for some years with a bereavement charity, which led me to train as a counsellor. I previously worked as a mental health nurse and have worked with a variety of problems.
I am trained integratively which means I will adapt the therapy to your needs. My training includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness, and Bereavement Care, Working with Children and Adolescents and Transactional Analysis. I also practice Compassion Focused Therapy personally and with my clients. I am also trained in Person Centred Counselling which I believe 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. I have worked with people from many different cultures and embrace all our differences. I would always aim to offer a warm, safe and confidential space for each client.
Hi, my name is Connie. I am a qualified counsellor with a Master's degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am trained to work with Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attachment theory and I adapt and combine each of these depending upon what is required by each new client. My 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 I have worked with a wide range of clients; originally I came from a background in the field of alcohol and substance misuse and I now also have several years' experience of practising with clients who have suffered sexual violence, bereavement, significant losses and life-altering illnesses. This means that I have 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, I hope to be able to create the warmth, space and understanding for you to explore this and to find a way forward.
Hello, my name is Laura, I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Derby and I am currently working towards a Master's Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a student member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their guidelines and code of ethics.
I currently work for a charity called SARAC where I have gained experience working with people who have been affected by sexual abuse, rape, child sexual exploitation and unhealthy relationships. I have experience in working with trauma, anxiety and depression. I combine approaches from Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attachment Theory. This means I can tailor therapy to suit your individual needs. Together we can identify and work towards your goals.
My name is Robert and I have a BA (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling from the University of Nottingham and currently am undertaking a Masters in Trauma Studies. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a registered accredited member of National Counselling Society (NCS). I have 3 years' experience working with young people and adolescents offering talk therapy or working with play. I gained experience working with young people and adolescents in primary and secondary schools in Nottingham through the organisation Contacts Counselling and Therapy. I have also counselled university students at Nottingham Trent University. In support of my continuing development as a counsellor I have undertaken workshops in working with play, self-harm, bereavement, depression and working with young people.
Therapeutically I offer support from a person-centred perspective and incorporate 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.
I hold 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.
I am an integrative psychotherapist, with an MSc from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. I am 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.
My 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. I am interested in my clients as people rather than as any diagnosis they may be given. I believe 'What has happened to you?' is a far better question to ask than 'What is wrong with you?' My first goal is always to help the client feel safe, valued, accepted and understood.
Dana 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 more congruent 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.
Hi, I'm Manaal Mulla. Having been raised in Dubai and being of Indian origin, I have learnt the importance of cultural context in understanding people's experiences.
I believe in providing a non-judgmental and empathic space where my clients can find safety and direction. I am committed to guiding you through life's struggles and walking with you on the path to healing.
I'm currently working towards my MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Derby. As a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their code of ethics for standard practice in counselling. I'm also a BSc graduate in Psychology with Counselling Skills from Middlesex University Dubai.
I am bilingual and can offer therapy sessions in Hindi/Urdu as well.
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.
Hi, I am Lucy, I am 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), I am obligated to work in accordance with their ethical guidelines for therapeutic practice.
Therapeutically, I work with clients from a humanistic and integrative stance. I aim to provide a confidential and safe space in which to work collaboratively with individuals in order to support self-discovery and healing.
I have a profound interest in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy and other talking therapies in general. The reason is I enjoy meeting people and interacting through discussion in face to face or group settings; this gives me the opportunity to listen and understand their concerns within a safe and comfortable environment.
I am currently working towards my MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. My long-term aim is to specialise in Trauma, Bereavement, Survivors of Religious Cults and Human Trafficking. I am 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. I have done my qualifications in British Sign Language Level 2 and Deaf History/ Culture. I intend to develop my skills in this area in order to support this client group.
I have volunteered for ChildLine East Midlands, Cruse Bereavement Care, Marie Curie and Nottinghamshire Deaf Society. In addition, I have 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, I have devoted my time to the Divert Trust which was a project aimed at supporting children that had been earmarked for exclusion from school.
Hello, I’m Claire. I’m an integrative counsellor, using person-centred therapy as the foundation of the counselling I offer. 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 my belief that you know you better than anyone - I’m here to help you find the answers from within.
I’m a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work in accordance with their guidelines. I have completed a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and will soon begin the Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. In addition to this, I continue to learn professionally as part of my BACP membership.
Life can be challenging but through exploring, discovering and understanding, I believe you can heal, grow and thrive.
Hello I'm Karen. I am currently working towards a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work using a person-centred approach: I 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.
I have a background of working in a SEN school, specifically severe ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Currently I volunteer 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 my work with Derby County Community Trust. I am involved in delivering sessions supporting adult mental health through physical activities, such as football and boxercise. I also deliver 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.
Hello first let me introduce myself, my name is Marlon, and I am in the process of completing my level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I work under the guidance of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) of which I am a student member. My aim is to support you in a person-centred way, meaning that you will be the focus of our time together. I will endeavour to maintain a safe environment for you to discuss any issues which you are facing without feeling judged.
I have a background in care and have worked in various areas of the care profession and the NHS. I am presently a Health Care Support Worker for an acute mental health hospital and Nursing Assistant for Derbyshire Health Care Trust at Kingsway Hospital. I support 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, my passion for helping people has developed and brought me to this stage in my life, where I want to help people through the vehicle of counselling. I am 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 .
Hi, my name is Ruth. I believe that counselling can transform your life and I am here to help. Whether you are struggling with stress and anxiety, trauma, relationships or just finding it difficult to get through your day. I offer counselling of a Person-Centred nature and my role is to help you to discover solutions to issues in a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive environment. I believe that you are able to make positive changes to your life when you are listened to and feel valued.
I have BSc in Psychology and am currently working towards a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I am a member of the BACP. I have a PGCE and have worked as a teacher for nearly 20 years, supporting many children and their families.
Hi, I am Catherine Chapman. I am currently working towards an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means I work with three modalities: cognitive behavioural therapy, person centred therapy and attachment theory, and tailor the sessions to meet a client's individual needs.
After studying CBT as a stand-alone modality, I decided that a more integrative approach suited my personality. I believe 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 me to gain experience working with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, grief, food and body related issues, trauma, and relationship issues.
I am interested in human connection to nature and animals, so spend much of my free time outdoors with my dog, who I am currently training to work as a future therapy dog.
Hi, my name is Sam. I hold an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am a registered member of the BACP following their guidelines and codes of ethics. I also hold a BSc First Class (Hons) degree in Psychology.
I have 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. I have 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, I combine the Person-Centred Approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attachment Theory. Working integratively enables every therapy session to be tailored to the individual’s needs. I offer 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 I have experience working with, including but 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.
Hi, I’m Ross. I am currently working towards my MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. I’m also a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I spent a number of years working in education, as a primary school teacher, and my experiences have highlighted the importance of positive relationships with my pupils, parents and colleagues to drive progress. I aim to relate to an individual and create a positive, safe environment which helps clients reach their goals. My years as a teacher have also given me insights into managing and supporting individual needs, with their wellbeing my priority, as well as an awareness of how early experiences can shape lives.
I believe counselling and psychotherapy can lead us to self-acceptance, self-discovery and contentment, while strengthening our relationships.
I’m also lover of sport and did a degree in Sports Science. My claim to fame is playing in a televised football match whilst living in Australia.
Hi, I’m Ryan and I am currently studying towards an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy after previously completing a BSc in Applied Psychology. I work from an integrated approach, so I use Person Centred Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attachment Theory which allows me to adapt for every individual’s needs. I am a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) so I am obligated to practice in accordance to their ethical guidelines for therapeutic practice.
No matter how big or small the issue is, I want to create a safe space for anyone to come to me where we can work together to help find ways of recognising, processing, and changing emotions, thoughts, and behaviours where necessary. I have a compassionate and empathetic nature with a true desire to try and help others improve their wellbeing. Also, as I am half Indian, I have learnt the importance of cultural context in understanding people’s experiences.
My previous experience includes working for a phone-in service where I 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 I worked closely with young people who used the service.
Hi, I’m Kristina. I am currently working towards my MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. I am also a student member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), adhering to their ethical framework at all times.
My name might get you wondering where I am from - I am from Lithuania and I moved to the United Kingdom in 2011. Throughout my life, I have worked in a variety of roles, but my passion has always been in helping others, which is why once I had saved up a little bit of money I completed a degree in Psychology with First Class Honours. Alongside my degree, I have worked with individuals with learning disabilities, ASD, Epilepsy, and people with eating disorders to name a few. I have also worked with homeless individuals, where I provided one to one emotional support, particularly focusing on self-harm, anxiety and depression. Working with a wide range of people has aided me 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 I work in a person-centred way to ensure I get to know people for who they are, without any prior assumptions. The integrative nature of my course also allows me to use techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Attachment Theory.
Hi! I’m Maheen and I have a Bsc (Hons) Psychology with Counseling degree from Middlesex University Dubai, and a certificate in Mental Health First Aid Training from the Lighthouse Arabia in Dubai. Currently, I am a student member of the BACP and studying an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby.
From a young age, I’ve been an avid admirer of great psychologists. My interest started with Freud, and later expanded to the works of Carl Rogers, Beck, Irvin Yalom, and many more. I’ve been fascinated with the human mind, and how it works when it is distressed and faces calamities. I hope to work with my clients towards lessening their distress and helping them find their true authentic selves, using the three modalities I am trained in. I’ve always been passionate about psychoeducation and spreading awareness about the mental health field in the eastern parts of the world, as I’ve grown up in Dubai and recognize the need for mental health awareness, especially in young adults growing up in these times. Furthermore, I believe I have a broad understanding of a variety of cultures due to growing up in a multi-cultural city such as Dubai. I love to gain more self-awareness, and would love to encourage that in my clients as well.
Other than my interests in Psychology, I love reading novels and spending my time writing stories and poetry, and usually enjoy a good, enlightening conversation with a warm cup of coffee on rainy days! As you can see, the beach is my favourite place to unwind and connect with myself.
Hello, my name is Fionnuala. I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 10 years.
In my 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. My 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, I have worked with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma and abuse, relationship issues, eating disorders and major life changes. I also have specialist experience of working within obesity and eating disorders services including a bariatric surgery service.
I have an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and I am a full member of UKCP and registered member of BACP.
Hello, my name is Hollie and I'm an integrative counselling psychotherapist working towards my 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, I can offer a tailored response to supporting you with your needs, in a way that works for you.
I also hold an MSc in Psychology and have 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. I am a caring, patient, non-judgemental and attentive person. I am 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, I believe 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, I have a good appreciation for cultural and diversity issues and the impacts this could have on an individual. In addition, I have 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 I have 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 3 years 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.
I am a trauma therapist and I work with an integrative approach. But, what does that really mean? It means that I bring 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.
I have 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. I have experience of delivering Pre-Trial Therapy.
I have worked with children, young people and adults and have a particular specialism in internet sexual abuse. I currently work in the mental health crisis team within the NHS and I also give lectures to trainee clinical psychologists on issues such as ethics in the therapy room and maintaining the therapeutic relationship with traumatised clients.
I have a level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Working in an integrative approach I bring together person-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, gestalt approach, attachment theory, polyvagal theory, play therapy and creative therapies. I am working towards a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and am a student member of the British Psychological Society.
Hayley 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.