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My Practice

Donna Garner

Ocean Rocks



I am a qualified, BACP Registered and experienced therapist offering counselling in Derbyshire area.

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 offer Person Centred Counselling integrated with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy on a one to one basis and offer Mindfulness Therapy alongside this. I work within a professional premise from home with secure parking, providing a very discreet layout in a peaceful, private, comfortable safe space.   

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. Counselling is a process which can provide this, in a confidential and safe setting, to gain more insight into yourself, your situation and allow you to find the best path forward.

Training, Qualifications & Experience

I am a fully qualified Person Centred Counsellor integrated with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

I studied at Warwick College and West Nottinghamshire College, from 2007 to 2011 and hold the following qualifications plus additional training to date:-

ACCPH Accredited Diploma - EMDR incorporating Hypnosis - GHSC accredited training course - June 2023

Zenways - Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher - Certificate - accredited by international mindfulness teachers association - April 2023

Ascentis Awarding Organistion - Level 2 Bereavement Support Foundation Course - July 2021

CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) is the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in counselling.

CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling – October 2011

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – November 2010

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – August 2008

ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills – August 2007

I have attended many personal development training to increase my knowledge and share good practice, examples of these are:


Anti-Discriminatory Practice

Sexuality, Gender & Diversity

Self-harm & Suicide

Domestic Abuse







I have worked on a voluntary basis with North Derbyshire Woman’s Aid in 2010 – for 3 years and Children & Young Peoples Service  for Nottinghamshire County Council,  in 2008 for 2 years.

I Have volunteered with Cruse since July 2019 helping to cope with Bereavement

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