About me

I am a Senior Accredited Counselling Psychotherapist for both adults and children offering integrative psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. I work in private practice in a quiet location in South Benfleet with good links to A13 and mainline stations and have been established for 14 years.

Specialist Area

Autism Spectrum Disorders including
Aspergers
ADHD
ADD
Dyslexia
Dyscalculia

I am also an experienced counselling supervisor and offer supervision to both students and fully practising members.

In addition to being a Senior Psychotherapist I am also a Clinical Transpersonal Hypnotherapist offering a range of services such as:

  • treatment for panic and anxiety
  • stress
  • smoking cessation
  • weight management
  • pain management
  • exploring the past
  • looking for direction

I am a Senior Accredited member of the National Counselling Society, a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adopt their frameworks of good practice and ethical principles.

I have experience with helping people with a wide variety of emotional issues and believe that I can help you move forward with your life in a way that fits and suits you. In addition to this, I also offer relationship counselling and have a good deal of knowledge in this field to help you both move forward and communicate effectively and honestly.

I have a particular specialist area working with children and adults with learning disabilities, behavioural problems and autistic spectrum disorders. I can help you as the parent of a child come to terms with diagnosis and help you develop strategies to cope with being the carer as well as being the parent. If you have recently been diagnosed with autism or learning disability, this can be a particularly difficult time. I can help you, as an individual, cope with diagnosis, deal with emotions and develop strategies to help you lead a more fulfilling life.

Another area of my work involves helping people with weight loss using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and working through the emotional issues surrounding it. Counselling can be a very effective additional tool with a weight loss programme. However, before undertaking any sudden changes to your diet, it is important to discuss this with your GP first.

I work in an integrative way, using Transactional Analysis, Person Centred Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

The decision to contact a counsellor is I know and understand (through personal experience) to be a difficult one and in doing so I can assure you that I will treat you with understanding, empathy and honesty. Time and time again I have witnessed peoples journey to recovery with the aid of therapy and firmly believe that being in a non-judgemental environment, with someone who really listens can help with so many problems in life and support you on your life journey.

HYPNOSIS FOR RELAXATION AND A MORE POSITIVE OUTLOOK TO ENHANCE CHANGE

TREATMENT FOR PANIC & ANXIETY

FOCUSING ON CHANGES

RELAXATION

Office Hours for bookings, cancellations and enquiries Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.  Tuesdays and Wednesday up to 7pm.  Weekends Unavailable.

I will endeavour to respond within 48 hours to a call made within office opening hours, however, enquires on a Friday or over the weekend will be responded to on return to the office either Monday or Tuesday.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Senior Accredited member of the National Counselling Society, a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and and adopt their frameworks of good practice and ethical principles.

I have extensive experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor and I have helped a vast amount of people come to terms with and face their issues, leading them to a more fulfilling life.

In addition to being a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, I have over 15 years childcare and supporting experience, working with both children and adults with autism and other neurodivergent diagnostics.

Most importantly, I have two (now older) children who are neurodivergent, identify with being neurodiverse personally and have a good understanding of the many difficulties that both children and adults face either at school or in society. This experience is invaluable within my field of work and gives me a greater insight and understanding particularly around sensory needs that are so often misunderstood.

In my earlier counselling years I worked as a counsellor and tutor at the Dyslexia Consultancy in Writtle with children and adolescents on the autistic spectrum. During this time I also worked as a counsellor for MIND Counselling Service working with adults and adolescents with moderate to severe mental health and emotional problems.

In addition to being a counsellor I also work as a counselling supervisor. Supervision is provided for both student and qualified counsellors.

My current qualifications are as follows:


Diploma in Clinical Transpersonal Hypnotherapy
- Stress and anxiety
- smoking cessation
- weight management
- pain management
- relaxation

Supervision Certificate

Practitioners Diploma in CBT
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Relationship Counselling
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy

AQA Advanced Diploma in Counselling
- Therapeutic Practice
- Transactional Analysis
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Developing Practitioner

AQA Intermediate Certificate in Counselling
- Counselling Skills
- Working with Grief & Loss

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

Registered Member of BACP 630376

Senior Accredited Member of National Counselling Society NCS14-00649

National Counselling Society Approved Supervisor

CPD - Psychopharmacology & Counselling & Pschotherapy

C & G PTTLS (Adult Teaching Qualification)

ECC Child Protection Certificate

Paediatric First Aid

CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare Practices

Therapies Offered

Integrative in order to meet what your need's are, using:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Transactional Analysis

Person Centred Therapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy

I am fully CRB checked to work with both adults and children and hold a paediatric first aid certificate.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Work Related Stress

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Learning Disabilities

Parenting Problems

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Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

Therapeutic Fees

Individuals - £45 per 50 minute session

Couples - £60 per 50 minute session

Families - £65

Hypnotherapy and therapeutic intervention - £70 (1 hour)

Supervision - £40 per hour (reduced rates offered for students)

For people on low incomes you can see a student counsellor for £15 per session. There are limited places available. All students are supervised by me.

MEMBER ORGANISATIONS

NCS (National Counselling Association) - Senior Accredited Member

NCS Approved Supervisor

BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapies) - Full Registered Member

Availability

Enquiries Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm.  Weekends Unavailable. I endeavour to respond within 48 hours. Calls on Friday/weekend will be answered within 48 hours of next working day.

Further information

AUTISM SPECIALIST

Help with coming to terms with personal diagnosis or diagnosis of your child and the issues and stress surrounding this.

PLEASE NOTE:

Office opening hours are 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday).  Response to enquiries and requests can take up to 2/3 working days.  However, we endeavour to respond sooner than this.  The office is closed at weekends.

Due to high demand, I am currently operating a 4 to 5 week waiting list.

Benfleet
Essex
SS7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

National Counselling Society Approved Supervisor, 14 years clinical experience with adults and children. Autism and Neurodiversity Specialist.

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Nicola Butcher

Nicola Butcher