Nicola Parkes, LLB Dip Couns
193 Cowley Road
Counselling offers you the time and the space to reflect on what's going on in your internal world, and the opportunity to experience and practise new ways of being. I offer support, guidance and collaboration, sometimes acting as a mirror of sorts, so that you might see yourself more clearly. I am empathic and non-judgemental.
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, working in a peaceful setting in OX7 and also conveniently located on the Cowley Road in Oxford. I look upon our therapeutic relationship as a window into your relationships and ways of being in the wider world. I believe it's important to work with you to discover what works best for you: no two people are the same and no two presenting issues are the same. You may need me to listen and to understand, especially to start with, and you may need me to gently challenge you to help you grow. We will work at the pace that feels right, appropriate to what you need and want in the moment. Counselling can be hugely powerful, feeling that someone is there to support you.
For so many, Christmas and the New Year can be more stressful than enjoyable. Family tensions can cause friction, having an effect on both your mental and physical well-being. If you'd like to explore your usual family patterns, and your usual way of reacting, things can go differently this year. We can explore more effective ways of communicating which can be a gift for life 'and not just for Christmas.'
We can look at your familiar, repeated patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours to explore why you perhaps get stuck or feel 'bad', and we can look at your beliefs about yourself and others and check whether they can be updated to open the way to a healthier you.
This may mean feeling -
- equipped to cope.
I understand that while, on the face of it, these outcomes are positive, they can also potentially be rather frightening, especially if you have been used to not feeling them for a long time. We will be mindful of how you're doing at any given moment and will ensure that you feel safe (enough) at all times.
An important part of therapy can often be determining what, precisely, you want and need, which may be anywhere on the scale between very specific and solution-focused goals, to exploratory, existential wondering. You could chose to have just a few sessions, to have counselling for a set length of time, or simply to see how things go.
I am registered with the UKCP and BACP and adhere to their codes of ethics, including confidentiality. I have regular supervision and professional insurance.
Parking is available at my OX7 practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have provided low-cost counselling at the Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service in Ealing, and have worked as a therapist at a private clinic for disordered eating in central London. I am currently a counsellor for students at Oxford Brookes University.
MSc TA Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute, London – current advanced training.
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Metanoia Institute, London.
Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Regents College, London.
LLB (Hons): Law with French, University of Bristol.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
£45 for 50-minute sessions for individuals.
£55 for a 60-minute session for couples and families.
I worked for an international company in London for over 20 years and have experience in coaching, motivation and performance management. My outlook is one of positive psychology, whereby strengths are honoured and positive attributes are harnessed for the good of personal development, growth and learning. Feel free to get in touch to discuss how we might usefully work together to realise your potential either at work and/or in your personal life.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available on weekdays, including early morning sessions.
Types of client