Meet The Team

We 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 am the Fortris Therapy & Training Business Coordinator. I have worked for many years in organisations and local authorities, as Adoption Panel co-ordinator, Governance officer and PA to a Board and Finance Director. As well as this role, I manage my own business.


Lead Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer

I’m a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer conducting one-to-one adult and young person therapy using integrative counselling. I work with many issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relational, self-esteem, abuse and stress.


Lead Therapist

I am a qualified 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 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.

I have over 10 years of counselling experience working with adults in many different situations from trauma to low self-esteem. I also hold qualifications in mindfulness and clinical supervision, which means that I supervise other professionals to ensure that they are working in a safe and ethical manner.


Lead Therapist and Trainer

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 predominantly from a person-centred background, and a Child Therapist. I am passionate about providing one-to-one therapy to individuals of all ages in an empathic, safe, non-judgemental, and humanistic way. I provide one-to-one therapy to children, young people, and adults.

I have worked with children and young people aged 0 to 18years for 20 years in various schools. I initially began my journey as a Nursery Nurse, then as a Teaching Assistant before becoming a Counsellor. During my own journey, I found that I had a passion to support children and young people’s mental wellbeing from my experiences with the children and families I worked closely with.

Within the sessions I use various therapeutic techniques including the person-centred approach, CBT, creative through arts and play, and mindfulness to children, young people and adults who are experiencing various difficulties.

The sessions are unique to the individual and their needs as well as age stage appropriate for children and young people. I strive to provide therapy to individuals of all ages in a safe environment whilst exploring a person’s thoughts, emotions, triggers, and behaviours. We then collaboratively explore and implement an individual’s coping strategies to improve and enhance healthier well-being.



I worked as a drama teacher in the UK and overseas before training to be a dramatherapist at Roehampton University. Dramatherapy offers creative approaches to help people safely explore difficulties, develop self-awareness, improve relationships and feel more fulfilled. I’m trained to help clients find the best way to engage in individual or group therapy to understand troubling issues and enjoy life more fully.


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 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.

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.

Jonathan White


I am trained as an advanced practitioner offering person centred therapy however, I use a pluralist style of therapy, meeting my clients where they need to be met. This means that where necessary I will response and react to the clients needs, ensuring that they are autonomous in their own progress and therapy.

I trained as a secondary school teacher, working within the social science department. Whilst teaching I knew that my heart rested with those children who found school challenging. I was extremely fortunate to have the experience early on in my career of working with children in a therapeutic Nurture school environment whereby I learnt to hone my skills of working with children in a way in which was stimulating and engaging for them to develop and grow.

Since qualifying I have worked within a range of settings, mainly working with adults in PTSD and trauma response. I believe and hold the philosophy that all clients have the potential for change – I am there to provide them with the ‘tool-kit’ to ensure their continued resilience.

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