Nicola Stephens Registered MBACP BSc (hons) Dip/Couns.
Counselling Changes ... I am a professional qualified therapist. I provide counselling for individuals wanting to make sense of their lives and couple counselling , for couples who are struggling in their relationship. I have a small private practice working from Waterlooville and Denmead .
There are times when we feel we can no longer turn to friends , the GP surgery is always busy and yet we are filled with fear and anxiety this can often be accompanied by anger and sadness, you may notice your anxiety triggers pain and distress , or perhaps depression leaves you with little energies, maybe your relationship is in crisis , or addiction has taken control ........ perhaps this is a time you might want to consider counselling.
I realise considering counselling is by no means an easy decision, quite often by the time you are considering therapy your trust issues have been disturbed by persons close to you or by significant others. I would like the opportunity to try to reassure you .I have been a qualified counsellor for 8 years and I have worked in the social care sector for over 20 years . I am deeply passionate about the service I offer and the people I work with. I highly value how counselling can help us see things with a deeper sense of clarity. I offer each client my full respect while staying with their process , acknowledging their stress , in addition to their strengths and resilience.
Regardless of age , gender or financial position each of us will be presented with life challenges that can often be overwhelming . It is my belief should we want to make changes then by looking at the things that make us unhappy or uncomfortable we can decide whether to work towards our goals and aspirations
Change is not easy and often making those changes can make us feel quite vulnerable , however after considering your options and wanting to change, this can be liberating , exciting and often reassuring. Should you choose for us to work together I offer an environment where you have the space to be "you" to feel confident in speaking openly, encouraging you to reach your goals
I attend personal counselling and continue to update my training and during my personal journey I have acknowledged , sensitive topics however disconcerting .I believe if sensitive problems are hidden they can have an unpleasant habit of returning . It is not uncommon for people to believe they cannot share their experience's as they could be viewed as too shocking or shameful. As a counsellor I work to move away from limiting language and judgements that can trap us in our negative thought processes. Once we are open our healing process can begin , allowing a true sense of autonomy
Training, qualifications & experience
My core training was as a person centred counsellor and I obtained BTEC Higher National Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2008 - I have completed further professional training and achieved
BSc ( Hons) Sociology
Access Biology - Psychology
Psychology A' level grade A
NCFE Level Three - Counselling Skills and Theory.
I have gained extensive knowledge and experience through working as a counsellor and 20 years of working in the social care sector . The following list provides examples of specific work undertaken.
* Anxiety and anxiety driven symptoms
* Relationship Difficulties
* Domestic abuse
* Stress in the workplace
* Loss and bereavement
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
The fee per session is £35.00 for individuals and £50.00 couples.
I offer a reduced fee for clients on a low income / students
I understand approaching a counsellor can be a period of uncertainty . I will aim to respond to your enquiry within 24 hours and will arrange an appointment within 7 days of contact. If I am on annual leave I will post details on the counselling website .
If I am unable to speak to you immediately please leave your name, contact details and permission to leave a message on your voice mail. Alternatively please email me. All contact details will be confidential.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer counselling sessions in Waterlooville and Denmead - parking is available at each site - I will consider in certain circumstances to home visit .
Types of client