Nikki Heaton Bennett , Senior Accred. Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor
Mind and Body Centre
3 St John's Lane
Frustrated? Fed up? Had enough? Is your relationship challenging you? Feeling depressed? Anxious?
You may be experiencing difficulty for the first time or you may feel your life has been a constant challenge which has left you feeling ground down, overwhelmed and lost. Perhaps you have always managed life's curve balls but have hit a wall leaving you confused as to why you cant 'get your act together'. Maybe you are consistently anxious leaving you unable to sleep, remember things or act with clarity. Sometimes anger or rage takes hold which is leaving you frightened and out of control.
Whatever emotions or behaviours are disrupting your life. We can look at them together, work through them and help you get the life, peace of mind or health you really want.
As an integrative therapist, hypnotherapist, coach, clinical supervisor and trainer I am trained in multi modalities (different ways) which allows me to bring the wide range of training and experience together to create a therapeutic approach and/or coaching that is bespoke to the client and their needs.
My work with you will bring about dynamic and impactful results but we will work at your pace to get there. My focus within the work we will do together is about resolution and relief from limiting beliefs that will touching every area of your life whether it be relationship issues, anxiety, generalised anxiety, depression, panic attacks, trauma and abuse or childhood issues through to challenges in the work place.
During my time in private practice I have developed a fresh approach to therapeutic intervention that facilitates empowerment, change and freedom from limiting beliefs. The way I work is collaborative, compassionate, inspiring and motivating, all whilst validating your experiences that have brought you here today. My approach includes: Counselling. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Parks Inner Child Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Hypnotherapy, Coaching, CBT, NLP. Not all ways of working are used with each client, it really does depend on what the client needs and this will be discussed together during the initial assessment.
My experience encompasses work with adults and young people on a one to one basis covering a range of issues with the predominance of my work being under the umbrella heading of trauma and abuse. You will appreciate this covers a vast range of experiences around such subjects so contact me should you wish to clarify if I have worked with the issue you are feeling most challenged with at this moment.
My work history includes working on contracts in high schools providing a high quality of psychotherapy for adolescents as well as their families. Being involved in Child in Need and Child Protection plans, MAST meetings etc I also work with Employment Assisted Programmes and STAR (Surviving Trauma After Rape) as well as solicitors of personal injury claims. I work on a contract basis with large corporate companies to deliver psychotherapy alongside their Occupational Health Departments.
I see people in private practice that approach me on a self referral basis with a wide variety of issues to address as well as taking referrals from other sources.
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There are two main modalities that underpin my work, these are:
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is a phased treatment approach developed initially by Francine Shapiro (1989). This treatment approach has been extensively researched and has proven an excellent treatment path for trauma of every nature.
When trauma occurs the brain struggles to process the incoming information therefore traumatic events become 'frozen' and it replays as if it as if you are pressing a replay button on a DVD. EMDR can move these frozen memories by activating the brains natural processing abilities with great efficiency. Thus enabling a person to heal effectively overcoming their traumatic experience.
EMDR is quick (compared to other modalities) and safe. Just some of the issues I work with are;
Rape, sexual assault
Kidnap, Hostage situations
Low Self Esteem
Parks Inner Child Therapy
PICT is a powerful and versatile visualisation based 'stand alone' therapy model. It is an evolving form of cognitive therapy with a foundation in Transactional Analysis that incorporates aspects of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to aid rapid response change. PICT is a relational approach reinforced by contemporary research in neuroscience.
Although PICT was originally created specifically to help people recover from the trauma and damage of sexual, physical, emotional and psychological abuse during childhood the tools within PICT are equally effective for a wide range of trauma issues.
PICT, although a 'talking therapy', is a directional model following a flexible structure always adapted to the client's individual needs. PICT is designed to assist people who have completed the 'unloading' process to move into the process of change work. A PICT therapist can facilitate the of loading process or deliver the PICT process as stand alone.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions
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What the clients have to say
'Approachable, kind, compassionate and genuine. I instantly felt at ease'
Female, age 32 yrs
'Kind, straight forward challenges goes the thought process. Nikki can communicate well with men and women.
Male, aged 55yrs
'initially I was concerned about seeing a therapist so much younger than myself however Nikki has the maturity, experience and gift to remove an age gap as an obstacle. Thank you'
Female, aged 65 yrs'
'i felt very let down by services over the years, but now I have found the right therapist for me'
Female, aged 42 yrs
'I was doubtful that counselling would work. I thought it was a load of rubbish. I then came to see Nikki who helped me see that counselling can be very effective and a worthwhile experience'
Male, aged 49 yrs
'I was worried about what to say and where to start but Nikki makes it so easy'
Female, aged 17yrs
'Thank you for your support and encouragement. I now have a much better relationship with my family'
Female, aged 28 yrs
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Clinical Supervision
Introduction to Clinical Supervision
Therapeutic Counselling Diploma encompassing Trauma/Abuse, Bereavement and Human Development
Gestalt, Person Centred and Transactional Analysis
Parks Inner Child Therapy
Parks Inner Child Therapy - Quick Change
Diploma in Hypnosis and Hypnoslim
Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Diploma
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Critical Incident Debrief
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Free initial assessment thereafter;
£50 per 50 minute session
Dependent on client concerns and issues block booking sessions can be arranged to accommodate shift patterns or to lay the foundations of change. This will be dependent on the presenting issues of the client so please ask me about this when making your enquiry.
Parking is available within a public car park opposite the centre at £1 per hour
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday Wednesday late night
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|