Dr. Nigel Smaller DProf UKCP (Reg) MBACP (Accred)
Wycombe Counselling Service
260 Desborough Road
40 Caversham Road
I am often asked what areas I specialise in, to which I reply that I focus on "people". No matter what brings you here, you are at core a human being in a world with others. The stresses and challenges of this simple premise are infinite and our attempts to cope with our unique situation can only truly be understood by the people living it. Unravelling this reveals the layers of belief and givens which shape and hold us to unhealthy or meaningless modes of existence. Gradually the layers can be gently understood and challenged so that step by step minute increments of change help rebuild a more vital and meaningful way of being in the world.
As a gestalt and existential therapist, my approach has an eastern philosophical feel whilst being grounded and practical too. Balancing empathy, healing and challenge is part of the art of being a therapist and is what I would seek in a therapist myself.
Prior to entering the world of therapy, I had over 20 years in the corporate world and understand ’real world’ pressure, office politics, aggressive targets, presentation anxiety and the other varied challenges of that arena. I still provide training to corporates around stress, mindfulness and resilience.
Finding the right person to journey with is half the battle. Therefore, I am happy to speak to anyone via telephone for a free of charge and confidential call about working with me and to answer any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychotherapist and accredited member of both UKCP and BACP. For those who are not aware - and most members of the public have no need to be - the UKCP requires a postgraduate level of professional training lasting about 4-5 years. The BACP, however is the most popular accrediting body and requires a minimum diploma level of education and training - usually 2 - 3 years. In both cases, over 450 supervised practice hours are required before becoming accredited. I have attained accreditation with both organisations after many years of personal development and training.
I also have recognised qualifications in hypnotherapy, NLP and coaching which I can draw upon if it supports and/or facilitates the therapeutic work. In addition I am trained in EMDR and BLAST - two forms of eye movement therapy for the rapid reduction of traumatic symptoms. I am a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).
- Doctorate (DProf) in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling (from the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling)
- Diploma in Gestalt Counselling (from The Gestalt Centre)
- Diploma in Organisational Gestalt (from Metanoia)
- NLP Practitioner Certificate
- Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (Foundation)
My first degree was in Mathematics and Computer Science from Brunel University.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My modality is Gestalt-Existential a philosophical approach that acknowledges our freedom to choose how we live and the challenge to live it authentically in a world where the opinion of others matter so much too. It is also creative and experimental, optimistic and relational.
£65 per 50 minute individual counselling session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays Tuesdays in High Wycombe, Thurs-Fri in Reading.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Hi - I am a practising therapist/supervisor, registered member of UKCP and accredited with BACP.