Donna Garner

Donna Garner

Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English

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Therapist - Chesterfield

Chesterfield S43
Sessions from £40.00


  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I offer Person Centred Counselling integrated with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy on a one to one basis. There are times in most of our lives when we experience distressing and tragic events, which result in feelings of helplessness with no end solution in sight. It is times like this we need support, to be able to share these feelings and not feel judged. Person Centred Counselling will allow you to explore any difficulties you may be experiencing in your life at your own pace. It is a humanistic approach which looks at how we perceive ourselves and reflects on our inner values and self-worth. You may not even be aware of some of these issues, but this process of exploration will allow you time to figure it out. It is very important to feel comfortable and safe with the counsellor you choose, this will help you build trust and allow a professional counselling relationship to be formed. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) may be introduced into your counselling sessions. This can help you manage problems you are aware of in a more structured way, setting goals and timescales. This is based around the concept that your thoughts, feelings and actions are interconnected, so any negative thoughts can lead to negative feelings and actions. It is a more structured approach and focuses on specific issues and looking at what can be done differently and what effects this will have on you. It encourages you to examine your actions, by changing the way we think so we can create more positive behaviours.

Practice description

I am a qualified, BACP Registered and experienced therapist offering counselling in the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area face to face and online counselling. I decided to become a counsellor as I have a passion for listening and feel there is no greater reward than helping others to turn their lives around and being able to live life to the full. With an Irish background I consider myself to be open and friendly, approachable and easy to talk to and have built many professional counselling relationships, helping people of all ages, work through issues they are facing in their lives.

I work within a professional premise which has a very discreet layout offering a private, comfortable and safe space. I also work from my home on occasion offering two locations (Mansfield and Chesterfield) depending on clients location. Online counselling has become more popular in this current climate and I offer this at a reduced rate via, Skype, Zoom or can look at other online links if required. 

My first session

Making the decision to contact a counsellor can be one a difficult part of this process. The idea of sharing your most personal feelings with a stranger can seem too hard to comprehend. Getting past this first hurdle can be one one of the biggest challenges. Most clients find once they begin to talk and open up they begin to feel a weight has been lifted. On the first session we will firstly talk about the ethical guidelines, including confidentiality and terms. I offer a person centred approach offering the opportunity to explore what has brought you to counselling and how we can work together to get meet your needs. If we agree at the end of the session we would like to work together we will agree a plan of appointment date/times moving forward. The journey will begin and I will work with you to help you feel safe and understood without judgement. I feel we all need a bit of support and guidance at times to help us find a way back to being the person we want to be.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Depression, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, CBT, Cognitive, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited