Polly Dexter, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Polly Dexter

Nottingham NG13
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Polly Dexter, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Polly Dexter

Nottingham NG13
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My Approach

People seek therapy for any number of reasons. It may be a long-standing issue you have struggled with, or you may be at a crossroads in your life. Perhaps you feel depressed, anxious, stressed or ‘stuck’ in life. You may be suffering the impacts of loss, trauma or abuse, experiencing relationship difficulties, or perhaps you are seeking more fulfilment in life. It may be a specific issue or goal, or perhaps a more general 'feeling' that might not make much sense to you. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – everybody is different and has different needs and wants. Your reasons and your therapy journey will be personal to you. Whatever your reasons for seeking psychotherapy, it can be a life changing experience.

As a person-centred therapist, I believe that we each have the inherent potential to change, grow and heal throughout our lives, when we are offered the right support at the right time. Trying to work through our difficulties alone can feel overwhelming. It might be that the right kind of support is not there for you, or that you don’t want to burden your family or loved ones. Even when we have family and friends around us with the best intentions, we can still experience an overwhelming sense of isolation, and feel ‘stuck’ or in pain. Therapy offers you a safe and non-judgmental space to work things through at a pace that is right for you, with someone not entwined in your life.

At the heart of my practice is the development of a warm and genuine relationship with you based on trust, mutual respect, acceptance and compassion. Together we can explore the issues that are important to you, at a pace that is right for you. Feeling heard, understood, valued and accompanied can be very powerful, helping us hear and understand ourselves in new ways, process difficult feelings, and discover better and more fulfilling ways of living and coping.
My approach is both professional and also very personal. I work to meet you where you are at, by being fully present, open and receptive to you and your inner world. My aim is to respond with flexibility and sensitivity to your unique needs and wants. I respect and trust you as the expert in your life. I hope to accompany and support you to explore and make sense of your experience, and discover your unique path towards growth, change and healing.

I have supported a broad range of people to work through the issues that are important to them. Themes have included anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse (both current and historical), addiction, bullying, self-harm, loss, relationship difficulties, eating issues, suicidal ideation, neurodiversity, perfectionism, among many others.

Some have discovered what they needed in terms of solutions or some relief in a few sessions. For others the work has been longer term and more in-depth, encompassing changes to their sense of self, their identity and how they may relate to themselves, others and the world.

I appreciate that considering therapy can feel like a big and daunting step. Finding the therapist that 'fits' for you is important. The right therapist will help you feel safe, understood and not judged; someone you feel you can begin to open up to and trust. I offer a free initial appointment, which is a good way for you to meet me and get a sense of what working together may feel like. We can talk about your needs, wants and goals and discuss how we might work together, before you decide if what I offer as a therapist sounds helpful to you. If you are looking for something different to what I can offer, I won’t feel offended, and am happy to discuss referrals with you, if that is helpful.

About Me

Hello and welcome to my profile, my name is Polly. I am a fully qualified, UKCP registered and professionally insured Person-Centred and Experiential (PCE) Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy to adults and young people (aged 16 years and over), in a warm, comfortable and private environment.

I work with

  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I have many years experience working with people experiencing loss, grief and bereavement. This may follow the death of a loved one, a significant person in their life or a pet. Feelings of loss and grief are not only experienced in relation to death, but may be experienced in relation to various major life events such as divorce, children leaving home, loss of a friendship, relationship or job. We may also experience loss in relation to our identity, health, sense of security, or for what we haven’t had or received in our life (eg. the unconditional love or safety we may not have had as a child).
I believe we are shaped within our relationships as we journey through life, where intentionally or unintentionally we can be wounded. Where necessary our bodies are capable of creatively adapting in order to survive, sometimes in ways that are no longer working for us or helping us to thrive. It is often only when we feel heard, felt and understood in the presence of what maybe, long awaited support, that change becomes possible - a safe and non-judgmental relationship is where we can best connect with our wisdom, potential and capacities for healing and growth. It is difficult, with words, to do justice to the unique magic of what goes on between therapist and client in practice: Trust deepens; safety is cultivated; feelings and thoughts emerge to be heard, valued, reflected upon, and transformed; new perspectives and deeper understandings evolve; and new ways of being are discovered.
I believe it is helpful to understand trauma by the effect of an event rather than by the event itself - the simplest and perhaps most helpful way of defining trauma is that it’s an experience we have that overwhelms our capacities to cope. There are many sources of trauma, including but not limited to early relational trauma, accidents, sexual assault, physical abuse, domestic violence, natural disasters, medical trauma, transgenerational and historical trauma, war, racism. If you have experienced trauma in your history you may experience an overwhelming and confusing array of emotions, thoughts and physical symptoms that can leave you feeling powerless and out of control. My approach to working with people suffering from the impacts of trauma, is based on compassionate listening, understanding and collaboration. I hope that together we can explore your experience in a safe and calm environment, at a pace that is right for you. As we work together, understanding, awareness and compassion for yourself can develop, empowering you to discover better and more fulfilling ways of living and coping. I have worked extensively with people who have suffered complex trauma including in childhood and in intimate partner relationships, many who have been given various diagnoses including PTSD and complex PTSD, mood disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and dependence disorders.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Person Centred Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Identity Problems
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Online Counselling
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy

Nottingham Office

The Old Vicarage
Burton Lane
Nottingham NG13 9EQ

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Initial consultation – free
I offer a sliding scale payment option for sessions between £40 - £60, which we can discuss in our initial session.


Students and therapists in training - £40
If you are unemployed or on a low income, please don't hesitate to discuss alternative fees with me.

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Polly Dexter

Polly Dexter

Nottingham NG13

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