Nicola Westwood www.counsellinginsheffield.co.uk
Cornerstone Counselling & Therapy Centre
99 Murray Road
0114 267 8613 / 07940096784
My name is Nicola and I am a warm empathetic person and as a counsellor I am committed to helping my clients. I believe that a good strong therapeutic relationship is vital to the counselling process and that everyone is unique.
As a qualified counsellor and supervisor I have experience of working within the Primary Care Service, South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association, Together Women Project and am currently working privately and also at Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Service.
I have training and interest in different forms of counselling: therefore I take an integrative approach in my work. This involves working with several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy and allows me to adapt my techniques to the personal problems that are unique to the individual. For example I have training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which I use to identify unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour and to work with the client to resolve these issues.
I have experience of other approaches in particular Psychosynthesis which can be helpful in understanding the different parts of us. I find this particularly helpful if someone is struggling to understand why they act the way they do especially if their behaviour is self destructive. My recent training and experience centres around destructive coping mechanisms, such as sex addiction.
My experience is of working with clients with a wide range of issues, I regularly work with issues including depression, anxiety, sexual and physical abuse, neglect, domestic abuse, anger, alcohol addiction, drug addiction. I have particular interest in working with eating disorders, OCD, trauma, psychosomatic issues, sex addiction, borderline and narcissistic personality disorders.
Training, qualifications & experience
From receiving therapy myself I know how difficult it is to approach a counsellor and understand much of the anxiety that goes along with meeting for the first time. I am mindful of this and try as much as possible to put my clients at ease during our sessions.
I truly believe that counselling provides an opportunity for clients to progress towards a more satisfying way of life. It provides you with the opportunity to find your own solutions to personal emotional problems. I always work within a private and confidential setting to help my clients feel safe.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Continuing Professional Development activities:
- Certificate in Supervision
- Confidence & Self Esteem
- Working with Rape and Sexual Abuse
- Exploring Psychosynthesis- working with sub-personalities
- Loss & Bereavement in Childhood
- Certificate in C.B.T
- Understanding and working with the suicidal mind
- Working with interpreters
- Working with Trauma
- Art Therapy Workshop
- Introduction to Gestalt
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
I will try to be as flexible as possible in order for appointment times to be convenient. I have daytime and evening appointments. Short notice appointments are also sometimes available.
I charge £50 but I may be able to offer a lower fee for clients on low income. I also offer reduced fees for trainee counsellors seeking personal therapy as part of their course criteria.
The first session will be a mutual assessment to discuss what has brought you to therapy, to discuss if therapy is likely to be beneficial for you and to see if you're comfortable working with me.
Please contact me if you have any questions or alternatively you may wish to look at my website and read clients feedback www.counsellinginsheffield.co.uk
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work within the guidelines of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
CRB checked (criminal records)
I work from Cornerstone Counselling and Therapy Centre privately and I am also the Centre Co-ordinator.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work from Cornerstone on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Morning and evening appointments. I can usually arrange a mutual assesment appointment within a week.
Types of client