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Private mental health provision steps up in Hull as pandemic struggles show

Mental health and emotional wellbeing provider Fortis Therapy is expanding in Hull as a result of an increasing demand for its services.

The award-winning business, launched in Grimsby, is taking on additional space and recruiting for more therapists as it moves into the Louis Pearlman Centre.

Managing director Alexis Powell-Howard said: “To be in a position to expand after the events of the last 18-months is a bittersweet achievement for us.

“For the business of course the growth is fantastic news, but in the wider community – both locally and across the UK – it just means that even more people are struggling.

“As each month of the pandemic passed, we received more and more enquiries from individuals – men, women, and children – schools and businesses, all getting in touch because they needed our support.

“The challenges that Covid-19 has presented all of us with have profoundly affected everyone, at every age, in every circumstance, and we are still seeing the demand for services, for help, increasing.

Alexis Powell-Howard, founding director of Fortis Therapy and Training.

“Not only are we pleased to be able to open a new space in Hull, a more central and accessible space at that, but we are also recruiting for more therapists. The demand is there, people need our help, and we need experienced therapists to join us to be able to deliver it, maintaining our award-winning customer service experience.”

Fortis was launched almost a decade ago after the former M&S trainee found support lacking after her own trauma – a road accident that nearly took her life – and went on to retrain as a psychotherapist.

Launched in 2012, it had recently been operating from K2 Bond Street, with further expansions to Scunthorpe and Louth completed.

Named The Small Awards’ overall winner in 2019, it is now shortlisted for two more accolades at The Can Happen Awards 2021.

The team find out this week if they have been successful in the Best Mental Health Consultancy and Best Covid-19 Company Response categories.

Last year saw it launch The Westerly Club to help men struggling with their mental health, bringing in high profile figures from the business community to become ambassadors.

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