Nicola Stephenson (BA Hons, PG Dip, MBACP)
26 Elizabeth Avenue
Life by its very nature can be extremely challenging and from time to time we all need help coming to terms and dealing with difficult periods. Therapy is a way of gaining professional support, from a trained and registered therapist, who is able to offer you a safe and confidential space in which to explore your problems. Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship you will have the opportunity to tell your story. Whether you wish to address a specific painful issue or talk about more general feelings, the simple act of sharing your struggles can be tremendously healing. Being heard and metaphorically held by an empathic therapist, who understands and appreciates how incredibly difficult life can be, often brings immediate relief. Or you may just be feeling lost, down trodden and need help to regain your zest for and direction in life. You may have lost your enthusiasm for your relationship or your career or any other aspect of your life and wish to explore new avenues. You may simply wish to embark upon an fascinating, exploratory journey of self discovery in a bid to become more self aware and to accelerate your general personal growth and development.
Whichever it is - it’s vital to find a psychotherapist who feels right for you. Key to positive therapy outcomes is the quality of the bond you are able to form with your therapist - and this is a two-way connection. For this reason I offer a free initial consultation so that we can both get a feel for how it might be to work together.
Rooted in the humanistic model my approach involves a kind and respectful exploration of your experiences with a particular focus on your emotions. Overtime this can help you achieve a greater level of understanding and awareness regarding the way you currently live your life and ways in which you could perhaps change or improve your situation or circumstances. The goal is to help you get in touch with your own personal values and objectives so that you can make better choices for yourself and eventually achieve a more authentic and satisfying existence. Changing the way you perceive the challenges you face can sometimes be enough to completely transform your life.
The humanistic model privileges freedom and personal responsibility and the philosophical belief that everybody deserves the right to determine their own path in life. It is also based on the belief that difficult emotions such as anxiety, anger and envy are a necessary and potentially helpful force in our lives and, if recognised and handled well, can guide us towards more authentic and fulfilling lives. We live in a society which bombards us with messages about how we should and ought to live and conduct our lives. Overtime we become estranged from ourselves and lose sight of our own personal beliefs and values. Therapy can help you get back on track, allowing you the time and space to rediscover who you are and how you want to live your life.
All you need to do is call me or e mail me to book your free introductory session (which can be by phone or in person) in order to chat about what you think you'd like to get out of counselling. If you'd like to continue we can then set up a second session and arrange to meet at regular weekly intervals.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a BA (Hons) European Business graduate and a qualified Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, I have many years professional experience coaching, mentoring and training individuals - both in and outside the work place.I am also fascinated and heavily influenced by the subject of philosophy, particularly Phenomenology and Existentialism, cornerstones of the Humanistic model of psychotherapy. I am currently studying for a Masters of Science in Psychotherapy at The University of Brighton. As part of my continual professional development I regularly attend other professional training courses and workshops covering a broad range of topics. As a member of the BACP I adhere to the BACP ethical framework of best practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
£45 per hour.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available both during the week (daytime and evenings) and at the weekends.
Types of client