John Nicholls MBACP
143 Culver Grove
I believe that in creating an environment in which a person experiences safety, privacy, acceptance and respect, they can be helped to understand themselves and others more and so uncover ways of living in a more resourceful and personally fulfilling way .
I aim to accompany individuals in a journey of self-discovery in the confidentiality of the therapeutic relationship provided by counselling and psychotherapy.
That involves exploring how they think, feel and behave so they can uncover ways of being more genuine and authentic and so be more fully in relationship with themselves and others.
That might include:
- identifing what is spoiling or preventing the enjoyment of life
- clarifying what is important
- identifying personal qualities and tapping inner resources
- exploring thoughts,feelings, sensations and behaviour
My approach is based on three theoretical, psychotherapeutic approaches:
Psychodynamic - looking at how the past influences the present and how thinking, feeling and behaviour affect each other.
Existential - assisting the search for meaning and purpose.
Transpersonal - uncovering and developing personal inner qualities, which may include recognising and exploring spiritual issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have ten years' experience of providing individual and group psychotherapeutic services.
I trained for four years at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) to obtain the Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy in 2011.
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice (Middlesex University) and an Honours Degree in Social Administration (Nottingham University).
I practise privately and, for nine years, practised at MIND, a mental health charity, helping clients with issues such as stress and anxiety, phobias, compulsions, bereavement and depression, as well as self-development and spirituality issues.
I work for Central and North West London Mental Health Trust as an Associate Practitioner providing therapeutic services to people with severe and enduring mental health issues.
Before becoming a psychotherapist, I enjoyed a long and successful career in public service management.
My own personal experience includes being in group therapy and psychoanalysis in the late 1980’s from which I gained greater insight into myself and the desire to assist others to do the same. Then, whilst training to become a psychotherapist, I attended 150 psychotherapy sessions to assist my personal and professional development.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I enjoy exploring dreams and their significance and if it is helpful to them, clients can use the creative media of drawing to explore these or other aspects of themselves to assist their self - development.
I am experienced in providing counselling for people who have got stuck and want to move on or who wish to expand their self-knowledge and development or to explore spirituality, faith and religious issues.
My fee for an introductory counselling session, lasting one hour, is £40.
In this consultation session we would clarify the issues you wish to explore and what you would wish to achieve and discuss whether counselling or psychotherapy was appropriate for you.
If you decided to commit to meeting weekly or fortnightly, for a session lasting one hour at a mutually convenient time, then my fee for each session is £40.
In certain circumstances I recognise that clients might prefer to see me at their home and I am happy to discuss whether I can accommodate that.
I work from my counselling room which is situated on the first floor within the Culver Church building, Culver Grove, Stanmore, London HA7 2NP.
It is located at the roundabout at the junction of St. Andrews Drive and Crowshott Avenue. There is unrestricted parking opposite the premises.
If using London Transport, the nearest Underground Stations are Queensbury or Canons Park (Jubilee Line). If exiting from Canons Park, cross over the road and take bus 186 towards Northwick Park Hospital, alighting at Abercorn Road. Walk down St. Andrews Drive, or take the 324 Hail and Ride service to Queensbury, (although this is half-hourly).
To discuss what may be involved in counselling with me or to arrange an introductory meeting, please text or leave a voicemail message on 07768 455309.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My availability is generally: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 8 and 10 p.m. and Sunday between 2 and 4p.m.
Types of client