Our Therapists

All of the therapists who work from the UK Counselling Service are professionally qualified and insured to practice, so you can be sure you’re in safe hands. Here are some the main benefits you gain by using the expertise and professionalism of our therapists:

  • Increased confidence/self esteem

  • Improved well being and health

  • Reduced stress levels and much more!


nagina-pactNagina Parwez – Psychotherapy & Counselling, Multi Lingual

Academic Qualifications 2004 MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy

2003 Post Graduate Diploma in integrative Psychotherapy
2002 Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy
2001 Certificate in Mediation
1999 Teacher Training Certificate

Professional Memberships
Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute

Additional Languages
Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu

“I see psychotherapy and counselling as a process that can enable our lives to flow with more ease, opening up present and future changes and a growing feeling of well-being”.

Nagina is an Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and is registered with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and with the UKCP as an Independent Integrative Counsellor Psychotherapist. She is an Organisational Consultant in the design and delivery of inter-personal skills training and developmental programmes with over 25 years of clinical experience.

Between 1989 and 1998 Nagina worked with several not-for-profit organisations which have included the Havan Project Refuge for Women Survivors of Domestic Violence, Roof Group Refuge for Women Survivors of Domestic Violence and the Leicester Rape Crisis Centre. In 1999 Nagina worked as a counsellor/coordinator for a Project dealing with survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and the Leicestershire Domestic Violence Service. Between 2000 and 2004 Nagina was a therapist for the Humberstone Grange Psychotherapy Department of the Leicestershire Partnership National Health Service Trust and established a private practice helping individuals and couples. From 2005 to 2008 Nagina worked as a psychotherapist for Nottingham City Council receiving work place referrals requiring short-term counselling.

Since 2005 Nagina has been a member of the faculty and has lectured at the University of Leicester teaching courses ranging from an Introduction to Counselling Skills to the University’s 2 year course in Counselling.

In addition, Nagina has attended numerous courses in psychotherapy on subjects such as Child Sexual Abuse, Multiple Personality Disorders, Motivational Interviewing Techniques, Working with Clients Suffering from Depression, Managing Anxiety and Stress, Working with Survivors of Sexual and Ritual Abuse.

Conferences Nagina has attended include, the UK Smoking Cessation Conference, The Meningitis Trust, Forced to Marry, the Trans-Cultural Counselling Workshop, the Muslim Arbitration Conference and the BACP Conference.

Nagina has had experience in dealing with the media and has appeared in the Leicester Mercury, the Letterbox, MATV, DM Digital Television and the BBC Asian Network.



James Stern – Psychotherapy & Counselling

james-sternJames Stern BA, MA (therapy) MBACP    
James has been in private practice counselling in Leicester for over fifteen years, seeing individuals and couples for a range of personal issues. These include difficulties with relationships, family issues, and difficulties with stress and work. He also sees people with problems with anger or depression and those with doubts about self and self-worth. He helps people explore the difficulties encountered in life, and, where appropriate, to find better ways of coping.

Sometimes people simply welcome the opportunity to express and reflect on their difficulties in a supportive context, which may unfortunately be lacking from other areas of their lives. The clients are seen for varying lengths of time according to need – this can range from short-term work of between one and a few sessions in duration to seeing clients for longer periods of time. Frequency of sessions is open to discussion, but is most commonly weekly or fortnightly.

Qualifications/background: James has a First degree in psychology and philosophy (Warwick University) and a Master’s degree in counselling and psychotherapy (Regent’s College London/Antioch University, Ohio).

James’ approach to counselling is predominantly drawn from humanistic, existential and client centred models – the primary focus is on a person’s current issues on living, but with scope for illuminating these by reference to their experience of life.

Experience: James has been seeing clients for nearly twenty years – as well as private practice counselling in Leicester he has also been a young people’s counsellor in Leicester and elsewhere working for two young people’s centres (age range 11-26) both in paid and voluntary capacities. He also provides short-term counselling for a number of schemes which exist to provide access to a therapist or counsellor in Leicester for the employees of a number of major employers.

James also delivers psychotherapy & counselling services from the PACT Clinic, Wigston Leicester.

Ethics and Confidentiality: James is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follows their code of ethics and confidentiality.





michelle-seabrookMichelle Seabrook – MA, MBACP    

A space to think, to talk, to be heard.

With over 14 years of experience, Michelle has worked in a variety of settings to support people with a diverse range of issues to make changes to their life and develop a greater understanding of themselves. Her broad experience means that she can tailor her approach to meet the needs of the client.

Michelle is a member of BACP and a qualified Psychodynamic therapist who draws upon her previous knowledge in using Cognitive-Behavioural and Motivational Interviewing techniques. She is skilled in both long-term and short-term work and offers a ‘steady presence’ to her clients, working in a supportive, empathic and thoughtful manner. Michelle values the importance of the therapeutic relationship and sees this as being a key part of the healing process.

She currently works in private practice, as an employee counsellor, a youth counsellor and she also conducts client assessments for the Leicester Counselling Centre.





laura-bainesLaura Baines MA, MBACP

Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy

Many of us, for different reasons, find parts of our lives very difficult; sometimes overwhelming, and it takes immense courage to work at understanding the things that are unsettling us. Past experiences can mould the people we become and by thinking together we can help discover why patterns of behaviour exist and encourage new patterns for the future; the hope for lasting change. Laura’s belief in an individual’s ability to explore and evolve their understanding of themselves and their situation underpins her work. Laura ‘walks with’ those in distress and assists in helping them manage and explore their difficulties in an appropriately contained and supportive, yet challenging environment.

Developing a relationship of shared trust and respect is therefore essential for effective therapy, so it is important that there is a comfortable connection between client and therapist. Laura provides a confidential place, free from judgement, for you to talk with someone about your concerns. Laura values each person’s individuality and honours difference, diversity and inclusive practice within her work.

As a qualified practitioner Laura offers both brief focused and longer-term therapy. Laura is a member of, and adheres to, the comprehensive code of Ethics and Good Practice laid down by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a regulating and professional body. Laura is committed to continuing professional development and will be presenting her research, “a qualitative study of critical learning incidents of recently qualified therapists working with sexual minority clients”, at the BACP Research Conference in May 2011.

In addition to private practice, Laura provides long-term therapy at Leicester Counselling Centre, mid-term therapy at the University of Leicester Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Clinic, and short-term therapy at the University of Leicester Student Counselling Service.

Laura works on a 1:1 basis with adults and young people and covers a range of issues including:

Abuse: emotional, physical and sexual
Addictive/compulsive behaviours
Biopolar difficulties
Childhood experiences
Cultural difficulties
Depressive feelings
Eating problems
Forced marriage
Grief and Loss
Low self-worth/esteem
Relationship difficulties
Sexual concerns
Suicidal feelings
Work related difficulties