Nicola Tew BSc. (Hons) Registered MBACP
Chances are, if you're looking into counselling and psychotherapy, you're probably looking for more than a cup of tea and a chat.
I am a humanistic integrative psychotherapist. This means that I work generally in a humanistic way and I also blend other theories into my work to enhance the therapy that I offer. For me, humanistic psychotherapy brings to mind the image of two companions on a journey together, working towards a better way of living as they go. You may have heard of other types of therapy such as psychoanalysis or CBT. What I like about humanistic psychotherapy is that it takes into account all aspects of the person, and places the relationship between the therapist and client at the centre of the therapeutic process.
To enable me to fully to understand your perspective, it is essential for me to have holistic approach that considers all aspects of the self – body, emotion, intellect, soul and spirit. I take into account all of this in order to help you to find a way of living that feels right for you, rather than living as you think you 'should', or in a way that you feel others have expected you to.
So, while I can provide tea and cake, during therapy with me I will offer you three things consistently:
Firstly, I look at your world through your eyes rather than mine. Coming to therapy isn't about spending an hour a week with an expert who will tell you what to do to fix your life. While that may sound like a wonderfully simple solution, chances are, the things that I may think will “fix” a life just won't fit for you. We all have different priorities, different viewpoints, different needs. My job is to help you find the best way for you to live and the first step in doing that is seeing things from your perspective.
Secondly, I value you for who you are, unconditionally. For me, people just are valuable. They don't have to do anything to become valuable, they are born valuable. While people may make choices that can be labelled as good or bad, healthy or unhealthy, I believe these choices don't alter our inherent value and our right to take up space in the word. There are times and places for judgements but you won't find that in sessions with me.
Finally, I come to our sessions with an attitude of authenticity and a promise to be genuine with you. I don't come to our sessions playing a role. I come as I am – with my qualifications, skills, understanding and experience, and also as a human, gentle, kind and warm hearted, valuable and flawed.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy which included
- A placement at Base51/NGY, an organisation for young people aged 12-25.
- A placement at a charity supporting carers.
- 90 hours of clinical supervision, ensuring a safe and ethical practice and ongoing professional development.
- 100 hours of personal therapy, ensuring ongoing personal development .
I regularly update my learning through reading, research and additional training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per 50 minute session
Optional £20 introductory session (30 minutes)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9am-5pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|