Nicola Jones BA(Hons), Postgrad Dip, MBACP
01325 732177 / 07980124508
I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor, Psychological Therapist and Accredited High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). I am registered with both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and abide by their rules and regulations regarding professionalism and ethics which ensures you will receive a high standard of care.
I am employed as a Counsellor and High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist within a busy Primary Care service, delivering an NHS contract helping individuals recover from a range of depression and anxiety conditions across the North East region. I also provide a private and confidential therapy service for individuals who are experiencing a whole range of concerns like stress, panic, worry, low mood, relationship concerns, phobias, bereavement or trauma, PTSD, Health Anxiety or OCD to name just a few. I am able to work in the short or longer term depending on your needs and wishes. The psychological treatments I use are evidence based which means they have been rigorously tested to ensure the best possible opportunity for improvement and change, and I regularly incorporate Mindfulness and relaxation techniques into sessions.
"My aim is to provide a safe, warm and welcoming environment in which individuals can feel able to discuss whatever issues may be bringing them into therapy and to be listened to without fear of judgement"
You may already know what type of therapy you want, have ben advised by a GP that CBT would be helpful for you for a particular diagnosis or mental health concern, but don't worry if this is not the case we will discuss this at your first session. Often individuals will seek therapy because they feel unable to cope with the stresses of life or adjusting to a big change, not like 'their old self', isolated from others, worried or lost or just needing someone to listen. My role is to work together with individuals to make sense of what is happening for them and provide opportunities for change in away that they feel is appropriate and achievable. This is based on establishing and developing a good therapeutic relationship and my relaxed, flexible and approachable manner allows individuals the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings at their own pace.
My private and confidential counselling and psychotherapy service allows individuals to access treatment quickly in person or by telephone to suit their needs. Here I aim to provide flexibility in working hours and length of therapy and offer you a service tailored to your needs. I work from premises in central Darlington and near to Barnard Castle but home/office visits may be available if required.
Please be aware that the premises at Darlington is on the first floor and there is no lift available
You can contact me by text, mobile, email or landline and I will be happy to discuss the next step with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked within the public service sector for over twenty years and have specialised in mental health and wellbeing first as complementary therapist and then counsellor and psychological therapist.
I began my career in psychotherapy by providing Counselling within a hospice to individuals and families experiencing the many challenges of life limiting illnesses such as Cancer or Multiple Sclerosis, or those who had been bereaved. I also provided Counselling within a Carer's support service to those struggling to meet the demands of family and work life whilst being full time carers. Over the last few years I have worked for MIND, Starfish and currently Teesside's largest psychological therapy provider. I work extensively within GP practices or other health care settings delivering counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to adults over 16 referred for therapy by themselves, their GP or other medical professionals with a wide range of presenting issues.
-BA (Hons) Degree Art and Design
-Diploma in Counselling Skills
-Foundation Degree in Counselling
-CRUSE Awareness in Bereavement Care
-BA (Hons) First Degree in Counselling
-Post Graduate Diploma in High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Member of BACP
Accredited Member of BABCP
DBS certificate current (CRB)
I undertake regular Supervision and training - here is just a selection
Trauma Focused CBT
Stabilisation in trauma
Working with PTSD in Veterans
CBT for Older People
Behavioural Activation for Depression
Exposure therapy in OCD and Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Body Dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
Domestic violence and abuse
Pre trial therapy
Loss and Bereavement
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Individual per hour £50.00
Home or workplace visits may incur an additional charge for travel- please contact me to discus this
Payment by cash or cheque
(Apologies but I am not able to take debit or credit card payments at this time)
Evenings and some weekend appointments are available
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evening and weekend appointments are available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|