Virginia Nicholls MBACP (Accredited)
What is counselling?
Life can be a very lonely, confusing, hurting and messy journey. Sometimes friends and family are not able to help. They are too close to the situation. Talking to a counsellor who is neutral and has no hidden agendas to the decisions you make in your life, can give you the freedom to say what you want without the fear of ridicule or judgement.
I offer short or long-term one-to-one sessions working with adults. The number of sessions would be agreed by you. My practice is run from home and sessions are available in the afternoon or evening - Monday to Thursday.
Looking for clients to assist me in my training for Diploma in Sex Addiction Counselling:
I am completing specialist counselling training into porn and sex addiction at The Institute of Sex Addiction Training (www.paulahall.co.uk)
I am looking for clients who think their sexual behaviour has got out of control or beginning to have negative consequences in their life. I need to complete a certain amount of hours to qualify on the Diploma and therefore, offering a reduced rate of £35 per counselling session. This fee covers supervision costs. I can offer Skype sessions if you do not live locally. Please email me if you are interested.
Areas of life issues I cover:
Coping with life pressures
Difficulties with families
Low self esteem
Mental Health issues
Sexual compulsive behaviour
Bereavement and loss
It is not easy for a counsellor to talk about themselves, as most of the therapy is focussed on you and I'm there as your listener, encourager, comforter, challenger. So, here are a few facts about me - I've been divorced, I've remarried. I have no children but have a chocolate labrador instead. Outside of my counselling practice, I am a part-time administrator at my local church. I am a Christian, but I do not bring my beliefs into the counselling room unless you wish for Christian counselling. I am counsellor who happens to be a Christian. I came into counselling because of my own experience of sitting in the client's chair.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling 2010
Certificate in Christian Counselling 2006
Diploma in Sex Addiction Counselling - currently in training May-September 2016
In my training I was a volunteer counsellor at The Information Shop for Young People in Burgess Hill and also spent 3 years at St Peter and St James Hospice as a bereavement counsellor.
My main focus in counselling is bereavement and loss. Loss does not have to be just mourning a loved one who has died. Loss can be redundancy, loss of health, a broken friendship, marriage breakdown, failure in exams, death of a pet etc
Sex and Porn Addiction - I have personal experience of being addicted to pornography and the effects of pornography in a marriage.
Accredited Registered Member with the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
Student member of ATSAC (Association for the treatment of sexual addiction and compulsivity)
The other focus is seeing clients who have learning difficulties and disabilities. My experience from working for 5 years as a counsellor at a drop-in centre in Burgess Hill for people with learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as mental health issues; has given me an insight in how to engage and listen to clients with learning disability and difficulties. Clients bring issues such as bereavement, sex, body image, anxiety issues, OCD, anger management, depression, job worries, relationship and family issues.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Venue: My home office in Burgess Hill or at The Haven Pregnancy Counselling Centre
£10 30 minute assessment to discuss your counselling needs.
£40 50 minute sessions
£30 Concession rate (for students or low income)
Cancellation fee of £15.00 to cover the cost of room hire at The Haven.
Sex Addiction Counselling
Venue: The Haven Pregnancy Counselling Centre
£35 45 minute assessment and history taking session.
£45 60 minute sessions
£35 Concession rate (on low income)
Cancellation fee of £15.00 to cover the cost of room hire.
Counselling via Skype
£10 30 minute assessment (general counselling)
£20 45 minute assessment and history taking session (Sex Addiction counselling)
£40 50 minute sessions
My counselling room at home is based in my conservatory at the back of my house (see photo). It is a small, cosy, private space. There is a bit of large step into the conservatory so this might be difficult for some people. Unfortunately the property is not accessible for wheelchair users. There is plenty of parking in the road.
The Haven Pregnancy Counselling Centre is based in the centre of Burgess Hill. 5 minutes walk from Burgess Hill train station and plenty of car parks in short walking distance. Please note there is two sets of stairs to the centre.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday-Thursday from 1.30 pm (last session 8.00 pm)
Types of client