Group Therapy

…experience greater connections, whatever the difference

Group therapy is so much more than a gathering of like-minded friends. As human beings we are social animals that thrive and survive in relationships and social groups. These relationships develop our identity, sense of self and our understanding of the world. Understanding our sense of identity comes from conversations, feeling heard and listened to by those around us which gives us our frame of reference, of who we are and how we live our lives.


At Private Counselling Nottingham Group therapy is an opportunity for you to talk openly, whatever your differences, and really focus on the important issues you don’t get to do in your day to day life in a setting that resembles a work or study. To experience being seen and heard, witnessing and being witnessed helps to overcome many challenges and it is this power that provides you with invaluable insight.


…I found group therapy very helpful and beneficial, even though the thought of exposing myself in front of strangers was a frightening concept. Every single person brought their own thoughts to the room, and there was so much laughter and tears. For me Rae was so respectful and intuitive. I would recommend it to anyone as being a place of learning and healing.. – A.M



At Private counselling Nottingham, group therapy is contractual, meaning confidentiality and respect are important, your group will form a contract and boundary at the start of the sessions to manage expectations and to ensure that everyone feels safe. It is recommended that all group members have a few individual therapy sessions prior to starting a group.

together, contribution brings invaluable insight


  • weeklyThursday, 7pm-9pm. A therapeutic-based process focusing on wellbeing.
  • weekendSaturday, 11am-4pm – Refreshments are provided.
  • mixedhelpful to explore relationships, improve communication and life choices
  • studenthelpful to explore student life – stress, relationships, exams
  • wellbeinghelpful to explore self development



£ – all fees for group sessions are 1/2 price



What Is Counselling About?


Here are some key points of what the terms ‘counselling’, ‘psychotherapy’ and ‘therapy’ are about:


  • during counselling or psychotherapy, no one will tell you what you should do.
  • counselling and therapy are non-judgemental processes.
  • during counselling, no one tells you how you should be feeling.
  • counselling allows you to focus on troubling issues.
  • counselling allows you to learn and understand your triggers.
  • counselling and psychotherapy often deals with working life changes.
  • steadily explore, understand and learn how to express your emotions appropriately.
  • counselling can be about your mental health, emotions and well-being.



Therapy gives you a conscious way of living your life accordingly, if you’re not living consciously, you are running on an unconscious program that can continually create dissatisfying outcomes in your life and can keep you feeling like a failure or disconnected.



Whatever the problem, change is inevitable. Change can mean many things, such as; changing your mind, change of feeling, making a decision, changing your behaviour – action or letting go of whats keeping you stuck, whatever the concern, change can be a stranger you have yet to know positively, but with the strength and support of positive attention, change can help you enormously, to free you from your current position, improve your life and become your best friend.


Take a positive step today and contact – we can work together from there.

Why Choose Me?


Welcome, I would like to reassure you that here, you are put first. Whatever your difficulties, you can be assured of a warm welcome and a safe, caring environment to work together and explore them.

My role as a therapist is to say… “What about you?”


Thank you for your dedication to helping me understand and appreciate myself. I will always remember you at the beginning of my journey. Your kindness, care and gentle fierceness is inspiring. You bring out the beauty in others that is hidden from themselves. I will miss you. – A.M


I am a long, established registered therapist BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) As a transactional analyst, psychotherapist and counsellor, I take what I do very seriously. With 20 years experience, I am fully trained, insured and qualified to treat a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties with individuals, couples and students of all orientations.

An important part of training to become the therapist I am, is that I also spent many hours in therapy myself. This helps me to understand some of the difficulties you may have in coming to counselling and psychotherapy. Over the following years I made the transition from client to therapist, now, 20 years on, as a practitioner, I have learned to combine my personal and clinical experience in my work to give you the best experience of therapy and get you well.

It is a widely known truth that the single most important factor in successful outcomes of therapy is the relationship between therapist and client.

Put simply, therapy works well with someone you feel comfortable with

Why me?

  1. Approach – Everyone is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. I believe everyone is OK, working together in a transparent and equal way and everyone is entitled to live life fully, with respect around the profound value of self-esteem, from the inside out.
  2. Convenient – I am easy to get to and from, walking distance from the train station, trams and buses. If travelling by car there is also on-street car parking.
  3. Discreet – I have a discreet practice located in the heart of Nottingham, close to and between Nottingham Castle or Nottingham Playhouse.
  4. Diverse working background – As a therapist and mentor, I have worked in different settings, from GP’s surgeries and universities and my background is in Teaching, Sales, Management and Design. I have a good understanding of working in these environments.
  5. Everyone has worth, can think, and make decisions about themselves.
  6. Experience of 20 years – I have a broad portfolio of experience, working therapeutically with many different people in different settings; NHS, County Council, Education. Experience makes a difference, less on your time, less sessions, less on your costs.
  7. Flexible – I understand how hard it can be to set aside time to focus on yourself. Especially in the professions that require shift work, for example NHS. Once established, I can be flexible to suit your changing availability and still meet your weekly needs.
  8. Non-judgemental – I will not judge you.
  9. Objective – The difference between talking to a therapist and talking to your best friend, mum, dad or partners is that I am objective, I am uninvolved, an experienced trained observer of the material you bring to me. My job is to help someone join the dots in your life and it is important that I remain objective.
  10. Safe – It is a priority for me to help you to feel safe and at home when you embark on this journey of change, and this is exactly what you find here at Private Counselling Nottingham….warmth makes all the difference.
  11. You -You will be seen and heard and everything that you do will be about you.

From my own experience, therapy is a relationship of trust and respect. To help you to feel better, to know more about yourself, find real inner peace, happiness, and understand how to get more of it.

On our first meeting I will carry out a full clinical assessment where I take a detailed history and medical information, and listen to you to ensure the best course of action thats right for you.


Take a positive step today and contact – we can work together from there.

Professional Standards


I draw professionally on a blend of therapeutic models within the Transactional Analysis and Person-Centred frameworks, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) all of which are designed to help you explore your thoughts and behaviours, and emotions.

I am bound by and adhere to the BACP’s Ethical Framework and code of ethics and practice. I work with regular supervision and I’m committed to my ongoing Continual Professional Development (CPD) that helps to inform the quality of my work.

Take a positive step today and contact – we can work together from there.