Meet The Team

We are incredibly proud of our team and associates.

Alexis Powell-Howard MA., System Prac., BACP (Accred)

Director, Psychotherapist, and TEDx Speaker

I am proud to be the Managing Director of Fortis Therapy & Training, an award-winning business providing comprehensive, approachable mental health and emotional wellbeing services to businesses, organisations, schools, local authorities and private individuals.  When I established the business in 2012, I had a vision for Fortis to be the leading provider of therapeutic support, delivering high quality, effective, and accessible wellbeing services to people of all ages, genders, and circumstances.As Fortis operates across Lincolnshire, Humber and Yorkshire, I work with a team of expert practitioners who are as passionate about the support Fortis provides as I am. Read On…


Business Development Manager

I have been with Fortis since 2015 and my role has developed over that time. Prior to this, I worked for many years in organisations and local authorities in the role of Governance Office, PA to a Board of 15 members and PA to a Director of Finance. As well as this role, I manage my own business.


Lead Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer

I am a counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer conducting one to one therapy with adults and young people. I work integratively and hold specific qualifications in Person Centred Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness. I have over 12 years’ experience of counselling adults and young people in a number of different settings and I have worked with clients on a wide variety of issues. I specialise in complex client work ranging from trauma, abuse, and past childhood issues to depression, anxiety, self- esteem, identity, eating disorders, grief and stress.

I supervise trainee and qualified counsellors plus other professionals and professional groups requiring regular reflective practice and supervision. I am also part of our training team.


Lead Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor

I am an experienced Art Psychotherapist, who is qualified to work with any age group 4+in a variety of different settings. I am passionate about creating a safe, comfortable and relaxed environment where people can be themselves and we can work to enable change and growth.

I am trained in CBT and Dyadic therapy, which is a therapy designed to help a parent/caregiver and a child navigate emotional difficulties or trauma. I am also qualified in Lego-based therapy, which is using Lego to work with children and adults who have Autism and other learning difficulties to help promote communication, social skills and also how to work within a team.


Therapist and Coach

I work in a primary school setting, supporting children with emotional and behavioural issues. Supporting parents/carers/families of the children I work with – this may include working therapeutically or offering strategies that can be used at home to help support the child.

Liaising with and offering a provision to staff in schools in helping them with mental health awareness and their own perceptions and feelings of this. A go-to for staff to approach me with concerns about a child – this is then dealt with by the school safeguarding team and referred on to me for one-to-one therapeutic support.

My role also requires me to liaise with other professionals and attend multidisciplinary meetings for a child’s wellbeing. This may be due to the child being adopted or fostered (LAC) or from having being placed on either the child protection (CP) or child in need (CIN) register.

Alongside this, I also work with adults on a one to one basis.


Intergrative Therapist

I am a qualified integrative therapist and I work with adults and young people to provide a non-judgmental, comfortable counselling environment. I also work within secondary school education to provide support to those young people who are in alternative educational settings.

I also work with couples for counselling and mediation. I really enjoy working with couples to find a way forward that works for everyone involved.



I am a qualified counsellor predominately from a Person-Centred background and since qualifying I have developed my skills further in CBT (Cognitive, Behavioural Therapy).

I am passionate about providing one to one therapy and group therapy to individuals of all ages in an empathic, creative, safe, non-judgemental, and humanistic way. I offer one to one therapy with children, young children, and adults. I strongly focus on implementing a coping toolkit of various coping strategies within therapy that is bespoke to the client’s individual needs. I also offer wellbeing sessions within schools in supporting staff wellbeing.

I have worked with children and young people aged 0 – 18 years for 21 years in various schools. I initially began my journey as a Nursey Nurse, then a Playworker, then a Teaching Assistant before leading me to becoming a Counsellor. Within this journey I found that I had a passion to support children and young people’s mental wellbeing from my own experiences of working with children and families I worked closely with. I also discovered that my passion to support complex client issues and experiences are key to my role.

I am currently based in a school with high complex social, emotional, and mental health needs as well as supporting private clients. My mantra has always been if I can support a child’s mental wellbeing when they are young then they will become healthier adults in their future.

Within the therapeutic sessions I use various therapeutic techniques which include the foundations of the person-centred approach, CBT, fun and creative ways through play, arts, sensory and mindfulness to children, young people and adults who are experiencing various issues and experiences. The sessions are unique to the individual, their needs as well as age and stage appropriate for all. I strive to provide therapeutic intervention to all ages in a safe environment whilst exploring a person’s thoughts, emotions, triggers, and behaviours. We work collaboratively to explore and implement coping strategies to improve and enhance a healthier wellbeing as well as a growth mindset.



I worked within different educational settings before training to be a Drama and Movement Therapist at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. I’m passionate about using a creative approach to support the people I work with. Dramatherapy provides a safe, non-judgemental and empowering space in which to explore emotions and experiences.


Integrative Therapist

I am an integrative counsellor, working from a person-centred base. This means that I aim to use a variety of techniques in a therapeutic way but that overall, I believe that each client is unique and therefore each counselling relationship benefits from putting the individual at the centre. I believe that each client I work with knows what is best for them, sometimes individuals need a helping hand in working out what that best means and my role is to facilitate that process.

I always aim to work empathically. As a counsellor, it is my role to walk-alongside each client in their unique journey, supporting them in overcoming any issues and in healing in a way that is best for them.

I believe that all people deserve to be heard and I aim to offer that in a non-judgmental and calming environment.

I predominantly work with adults and teenagers.


Person-Centred Therapist



I am a Counsellor and Therapist specialising in therapeutic work with children and young people. Before training as a Counsellor, I worked in primary schools for 10 years as a TA, and then later, supporting childrens behaviour and mental health.

In sessions I use a variety of therapeutic models including talk therapy, CBT, creative interventions, Play techniques and mindfulness to support children with a wide range of difficulties.

Therapy sessions are age appropriate and individually tailored in order to meet the needs of the children. Sessions are held in a safe, calm environment in order to explore, identify and improve thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We work together to explore possible coping strategies and improve overall mental health.



I have a Degree in psychology with counselling, CBT diploma, bereavement diploma drawing and talking therapy, play therapy, talking therapy.

I have been working as a therapist for 12 years, during this time i have supported children and young people in a variety of settings. I work with children and young people from 4 - 17 years old. I have a degree in psychology with counselling and diplomas in CBT and bereavement support. In my practice i like to offer my clients a fluid approach to therapy we work together to find the approach, or an integration of approaches, to best suit their needs. During therapy some of the techniques i use are CBT, play therapy, drawing and talking therapy, relaxation, mindfulness and talking therapy.

Sarah S


I am passionate about mental health and provide counselling to help others, to be heard and feel understood. Supporting clients in a safe friendly setting, working empathically and without judgement.

I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor (FdA and BA Hons in Counselling Studies) and follow a humanistic approach to counselling. I work professionally and confidentially with clients at a pace that suits their individual needs exploring any issues that they wish to discuss.

Maria K


I am an integrative therapist and so will use various counselling approaches to best suit a person’s individual needs. Although mainly person-centred in my approach, I will often draw on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic and Gestalt models to support me in my work.

I work creatively to support clients who are feeling overwhelmed by difficult emotions, that may not be related to any specific event and yet they feel powerless to change them. By providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, I work to support clients to take those first steps on their own journey towards understanding and change.



I have a First Class Degree with Honours in Integrative Therapy inc Person Centred, CBT, Solution Focused, Systemic and Attachment Models. In addition I hold a Diploma for working with Children and Young People.

I have a background of 20+ years in teaching and pastoral support. I am an integrative counsellor working with clients face to face and online via secure video conferencing. I take the view that there is no single approach that can treat every client, in all situations. I therefore offer counselling that combines different elements of several specific therapies so as to enable me to provide the appropriate interventions for each individual I work with ranging from age seven upwards.

Emma G

Coach / Trainer

I offer coaching to SLT groups across Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. The sessions are built from my background in psychotherapy, and I have a Masters Degree in Human Givens Psychotherapy. We work together to balance emotional needs both in the work and home environment. I also lecture and train groups within the corporate world in good mental health and trauma (and stress) management.

I have been published in several national magazines regarding behavioural safety and the HG approach within Social Care settings.



I am a person-centred counsellor with a BA (Hons) degree in counselling.

I am passionate about mental health and creating a comfortable environment where my clients feel at ease to explore and express anything they wish. I offer an empathic, non-judgmental, friendly, and safe setting for all my clients and I work confidentially, professionally, and ethically. I am passionate about counselling and I believe in trusting the process.



I have an MA Art Psychotherapist working with predominantly children and young people. Art making offers a safe way to explore difficult feelings that may be hard to talk about. I encourage my clients to create visual imagery that enables them to narrate their stories and share their experiences.

My work is underpinned with a psychodynamic theory; themes of attachment and the unconscious thought process being key. However, I integrate different approaches that will best meet each client’s needs. I am passionate about placing my client and their voice at the centre of my work. I provide an empathetic and non-judgemental space for young people to explore themselves and their mental wellbeing.

Emma M

Trainee Art Therapist

I'm currently training as an Art Therapist on the MA Art Therapy Northern Programme. I'm completing my university placement with Fortis working with young people in schools. I create a safe space where the use of art materials can help individuals to express and understand their emotions, especially when thoughts are too hard/difficult to verbalise. Together, with a focus on art making, we explore these feelings and develop any coping strategies needed and work on developing self-esteem and confidence. The tactile elements of art therapy also provide sensory stimulation as well as developing fine motor skills.

Alongside my training, I also work as a Teaching Assistant and have gained experience working with ages 4-18 within educational settings and have previously worked as a residential support worker within a children's residential setting.

Berni S


I have a BA Honours Degree in Counselling Studies (Person Centred Therapy).

I believe we are all unique individuals on our journey which is why I am passionate to offer a humanistic approach. I am a person-centred counsellor who aims to offer a empathic, non-judgemental way of being whilst sitting alongside clients whilst exploring their issues. This is offered in a safe confidential environment.



My passion for helping others came from a young age; growing up as a carer to my sister who had Cerebral Palsy.

This passion guided me towards a role as a Teaching Assistant in a Special Needs School, which I enjoyed for over 8 years.

I have had the privilege to work with an array of children with a variety of needs including SEMH, FASD, ASD, ADHD and Down's Syndrome, to name a few. I enjoyed working in a therapeutic, holistic manner and I could see how the children benefitted from this, so I embarked on the journey to become a therapist.

After three years training and gaining a Post-Graduate Diploma, I qualified as a Play Therapist in 2019. I use a child-centred approach to deliver therapy sessions which are age and developmentally appropriate and are tailored to meet the individual needs of the children.

A calm, safe environment is created where I am able to use various aspects of the Play Therapy toolkit, which includes sand, art, music, puppets and creative visualisation. This ensures the child is able to explore and identify their thoughts, feelings, triggers and emotions while improving their mental health and well-being.

Nicola W


I have a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and supervision diploma.

I work with clients aged 6 and over with any issues they want to bring to their sessions. I work in a way that places the client at the centre of the therapeutic process, so that they are in control of what we work on and decide what issues are important to them.

I offer a person centred way of working with my clients, but will also draw on systemic and relational principles as needed by my clients. I’ve done CPD this year on working online, working with transgender issues, domestic abuse and suicide.

Laine G


I am a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, which means that I am able to approach each client as an individual and adapt my way of working according to their needs and situation using a wide variety of styles and techniques. I strive to provide a safe and trusting environment where any issues or difficulties the client might have can be explored without feeling judged. I am passionate about reducing stigma and improving mental well-being. I have a special interest in early intervention for young people.
I work with adults and young people with a range of issues and I truly enjoy all of my roles as they all offer something different and keeps me on my toes.



Whilst I qualified as a Counsellor in South Africa, I am currently on placement to complete Level 5 Psychotherapy and Person-Centred therapy here in the UK as well as MSc in Psychology. I draw on all my skills when working with clients and do not use a specific modality; I have specialised in Equine and Nature Assisted Psychotherapy adding some mindful nature experiences in some sessions.

I work mainly experiential - so my clients (irrespective of age) may play with clay, use building blocks or have some activity that includes plants - and, if EVER I have access to horses again, I will most likely meet them in the paddock!

Sue W


I have an advanced Diploma in Counselling & Theory Level 5, certificate in couples counselling, Creative Therapy – Art & Imagery Diploma and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Diploma.

I work in both person centred and CBT methods adapting my approach to the individual personalities of my clients, who are all unique.

My passion for improving mental health and well-being, in both the community and workplace, comes from a desire for people to feel it is okay to talk and to offer them the space to do that. By giving clients a dedicated time for themselves, in a calm environment, I offer therapeutic support to allow them to explore and express their feelings, develop new tools and coping mechanisms and in turn feel empowered.

Vickie W


I have a level 4 diploma in therapeutic Counselling and Autplay therapist.

I’m able to call on my vast experience as an early years tutor, Surestart project leader and foster carer to support me in my role as a person centred therapist. I work with adults, children and families to enable and empower them to reach goals and to manage their life journey more effectively.

Lucy C

Trainee Dramatherapist

I am a trainee Dramatherapist, currently studying in my final year at the University of Derby, on the MA Dramatherapy course. I have experience in working therapeutically with young people, both individually and in groups. Prior to my training, I have worked in education for several years as well as completing an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts.

Dramatherapists are both clinicians and artists who use creative approaches such as story, play and embodiment to support, explore and empower. Dramatherapy is a powerful form of creative psychotherapy that goes beyond words and can suit a wide range of people and needs. I am passionate about exploring the connection between the mind and body, in a safe space, to understand and transform feelings and experiences.

Ida G


As an Integrative Therapist with an Interpersonal approach, I focus on building a therapeutic relationship with the people I work with and flexibly tailor my interventions to each individual with respect to their unique character and needs. Central values that guide my work include Non-judgemental acceptance, trust, genuineness/honesty, safety, respect, confidentiality, adaptability.

Models that I regularly draw from in my work include person-centred therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion-focussed therapy, attachment-informed therapy.

I use creative techniques where this feels right and collaborate with my clients to adapt my approach throughout the work. I value feedback and encourage personal autonomy and empowerment in the relationship.

I enjoy working with young people as well as adult clients and am really passionate about helping people to move towards greater well-being and more fulfilling and connected lives. I have specialist training in working with young people, particularly in early intervention, and am constantly learning from the people who I am privileged to support.

Rachel J


I have a BA Honours Degree in Counselling (Person-Centred Therapy). I have training in Drugs and Addiction.
After working with Adults with learning disabilities for over 10 years, helping others became my passion, and the empathy, resilience, and caring nature was apparent to many. Counselling became my passion and I knew this was the right path for me. I ensure that the therapy is given in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Caring for others is what I do best, and I will endeavour to be with every client on their therapeutic journey, maintaining confidentiality in a safe and secure setting.

Karly P


I have a BA Honours Degree in Counselling Studies (Person Centred Therapy).
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. ABC Level 3 certificate in Counselling Skills. ABC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts. Level 1 & 2 Certificate in CBT strategies for children.

I am an integrative therapist, offering therapy within a person centred base whilst incorporating a variety of other therapeutic techniques. I work with both children and adults both privately and within school settings. I work with children from the age of 5years. I offer a safe, non judgemental and empathic environment in which clients can express their thoughts and emotions in order to work through their own personal difficulties.
I hold strong belief around the client being the expert of themselves and therefore aim to tailor therapy to best suit the individuality and age of each client. My aim as a therapist is to help facilitate each and every client in their own personal therapeutic growth journeys and I feel a key aspect of this, is the trusting therapeutic relationship in which this is built on. Therefore I aim to offer a warm, calming environment in which clients can openly be and explore themselves

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