Our Values

At Acorn Psychotherapy:

We value the potential of every human being to change and continue learning throughout their lifetime. We recognise and admire the courage it takes to ask for help with this.

We strive to provide an empathic and non-judgmental environment where our clients feel safe and accepted.

We respect our clients’ autonomy, and believe that we are here to help our clients find their own answers and solutions.

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Our Team

Kathryn Perry

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I am a BACP registered psychotherapist, and hold a Master’s degree in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice from the University of Nottingham. Prior to qualifying as psychotherapist, I worked in the legal and financial sectors. I have faced many personal and professional challenges in my life, and I found that psychotherapy was a great support to me during these times. These experiences, together with my passion for connecting with and helping others, inspired me to train as a psychotherapist.  


My aim as a psychotherapist is to offer you an environment of compassion and empathy, in which you will feel understood, valued and accepted. I am here to help you explore distressing feelings and emotions, and to support you in making sense of past experiences or unwanted behaviour patterns. As our therapeutic relationship develops, I will encourage you to set the pace and direction of our work together, so that we focus on the topics which are most important to you.

I believe that each of us instinctively knows what decisions are best for us, but that sometimes we lose confidence in ourselves or become influenced by the opinions of others.  Our sessions will help you to understand your feelings and behaviours more deeply, so that you can reconnect with the "real you". As your self-acceptance and self-confidence develop, you will feel empowered to make the choices which will lead to longstanding positive changes in your life.

Trying to face our difficulties alone can feel overwhelming, but by seeking psychotherapy you will have support and encouragement every step of the way. 

My Experience

I have worked with clients with a variety of issues, including:

  • Anxiety;

  • Depression;

  • Work-related stress;

  • Relationship difficulties;

  • Anger management;

  • Trauma;

  • Abuse; and

  • Self-harm.


I am particularly passionate about helping people struggling with low self-esteem or feelings of inadequacy.     

Yang Peng (Penny)

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I am a bilingual (English/Mandarin) BACP accredited psychotherapist. I hold a Master’s degree in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice from the University of Nottingham. My previous background is in psychology in China. I started fostering my interest in psychology during high-school, and after I graduated from university and was placed in a hospital, I realised how much I would like to offer people psychotherapy, rather than just medicine.


I aim to be here for you, to provide you with an empathic and non-judgmental environment, and to make you feel safe and accepted. During the sessions, I will rephrase your words or ask questions to help me understand you. By reflecting your own words back, I will assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of your thoughts and feelings. I will help you to identify your own strengths, and to reconnect with your inner values and sense of self-worth.


As the sessions progress, we will create a relationship which supports your process of self-exploration and acceptance. Each session will focus on you, and will give you the opportunity to learn how to take back control and feel empowered. I will help you explore and accept the entire you. You can simply be yourself and follow your heart. 


My Experience

I have been working in various organisations in the mental health service since 2015, including as:

  • A trainee counsellor at Human Flourishing Project

  • A volunteer counsellor at the Nottinghamshire Hospice

  • A person-centred psychotherapist at Counselling Xtra


From these varied work experiences, I am privileged to have worked with people from a variety of backgrounds and ages, from 18+ to 70+.


My Strengths

I have had the opportunity to work with clients with issues ranging from:

  • Complex childhood abuse

  • Depression

  • Gambling addiction

  • Anxiety/stress

  • Bereavement

  • Anger management

  • Relationships issues

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Trauma and PTSD;EMDR

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME

  • Personal development