Catherine Nicholas BA (Hons) Registered MBACP
** September 2020 update **
Please note sessions are currently only available via Skype/Zoom or telephone. I will update here when face to face office sessions resume
Hello and a very warm welcome
as a brief introduction before we meet I just want to reassure you that you have found a safe space to talk. I am a highly qualified and ethical practitioner registered with the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists. I have been working in the public sector and in private practice for over 10 years now and I have gained a lot of experience working with a variety of client issues.
Deciding to seek counselling is a positive step towards making a change happen in your life however looking for a counsellor may be an unfamiliar and perhaps daunting experience. I appreciate that it can take courage to make the first call or email to contact me and so I would like to reassure you that whatever your personal issue, you can be assured of my respect, my empathy and a non judgmental response. I absolutely never discriminate on working with any clients gender, age, race, sexuality or religious belief and all are welcome.
You are welcome to call, email or text me with any questions you may have. The next step is to come along to an initial assessment to see how it feels! The first assessment session lasts an hour and hopefully helps you decide whether counselling might be right for you..
Research shows that one of the major keys to therapeutic success is the relationship between client and counsellor. This is why I positively encourage clients to try out a few counsellors before you decide whom you feel most comfortable. In a nutshell..once you have done the initial safety check of the necessary training, experience and professional registration ultimately just trust your gut feeling!
My clients are perhaps the best people to tell you about me & my counselling practice and so I am delighted to share very positive results from my most recent client survey. Clients were asked whether their counselling had made a positive impact on their mental or physical well being,100% said yes and 100% also said they would recommend me to others. A great deal of my current clients come from personal recommendations and other counsellor's regularly refer to me also.
Click the link above to my website to see recent client testimonials.
What is Counselling?
Talking therapy is an effective and proven method of coping with difficult emotions or relieving emotional distress which may stem from a huge range of causes. It has a great body of research to support it which is why it is now used widely within the NHS. Unfortunately the waiting lists on the NHS are becoming very long and often clients are reporting up to five months waiting times. Even then, they are sometimes only initially given access to brief telephone support. When we are suffering emotional difficulties it is usually best to get some help sooner rather than later and seeing a real person face to face who genuinely cares can really start to turn things around quite quickly.
You may be suffering from stress, depression, anxiety or panic. Or perhaps you have suffered a bereavement or been involved in a traumatic situation. You may be going through a separation or divorce or struggling in any kind of relationship at home or work. You might even just feel low and be unsure of the reasons for it. Counselling can help you to explore your feelings in a safe and confidential environment that is free from distraction.
Clients report that they not only feel emotionally supported by me, but some also notice that counselling has lead them to thinking differently, feeling differently and depending on circumstances some people choose to make important and positive changes.
You don't need to be in a dire crisis to come to counselling. You might just be curious about some of your thoughts or behaviour's or wish to have a place to reflect on your future direction in life. Counselling is an excellent method of self development or a life restructure! You can gain a great amount of self awareness and new insight into yourself through the counselling process. Some people find this can be helpful as it can lead to living the life you really want to and improving relationships at home and at work.
How will I work with you?
If you decide to come for counselling with me then we would usually agree to meet for one hour weekly but only for as long as you feel it is helpful. For consistency the session would ideally be at the same time each week but I can offer flexibility. This is your hour and the topic is you and any issues that you choose to bring. You do not need to discuss anything that you do not want to.
I work in a very engaged and relational way and I am happy to answer any questions you may have as honestly as I can. I am passionate about the people I work with and my aim is always to help you get what you need from therapy. You will not find me a traditionally aloof therapist or entirely neutral because I care deeply about the people I work with and this usually shows.
Feedback received from clients and colleagues suggest that I am not only found to be a professional practitioner but I am also warm, kind and empathic. I hope these qualities will help you to feel at ease, safe and supported, during what is perhaps a difficult or challenging time in your life.
Brief Therapy and Long Term Therapy - How much is enough?
The choice is yours and naturally everyone's needs and circumstances are different. You may choose to meet with me for brief therapy (usually considered as anything up to six to twelve sessions) or you may decide to come for longer term work depending on your individual circumstances and needs. Many clients work with me in an open ended way and we simply review the process together on a regular basis to asses whether the counselling is helpful. You are not tied in to any specific number and it is always your choice as to how many sessions you come for.
Where are you?
I have recently moved office and I am now working in central Odiham, Hook within the local community cottage hospital.
The Counselling Space
Odiham Cottage Hospital is currently being used as a community space and not as a working hospital with patients. My therapy room is a warm and comfortable space, furnished with armchairs to offer a more homely and relaxed experience.
Reduced fee First Meeting
I am happy to offer you the first hour at a reduced fee of £25 to come and meet with me as it is really important that you feel at ease with the counselling space and the counsellor you eventually choose. An initial meeting can help us both to decide together whether counselling or working with me could be helpful for you. There is no obligation at all and I am happy to refer you to colleagues or other agencies if it appears this might be more helpful.
Alternatively, if you just want information you can either text or email me with any queries or we can arrange a telephone call at a time to suit you. I may be in session when you contact me so please do leave a message with your name number and a convenient time to call back and if possible I will get back as soon as possible, usually this will be the same day.
I love people. I love what I do and I am really looking forward to meeting with you!
Training, qualifications & experience
NCFE Level 1 Certificate Interpersonal Skills
NCFE Level 2 Certificate Counselling Skills
NCFE Level 3 Certificate Counselling Skills & Theory
FdA Foundation Degree in Humansitic Integrative Counselling
BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling
Counselling Work Experience
I have experience of working for Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service as a counsellor for office and operational staff. I worked with staff and family members on a one to one basis and I offered emotional support and advice for individuals, groups and managers involved in critical incidents.
I also have experience of working one to one with young students age 16-18 at The Sixth Form College in Farnborough.
I have also spent four years as a Therapeutic Group Facilitator for Hampshire County Council running a support group for people in the community coping with depression and anxiety.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
** Please note that whilst I am able to work with clients on their relationship issues on a one to one basis I am not able to offer couples counselling. I would refer you to Relate as specialists in this field **
Initial Assessment Session of one hour is is currently at a reduced fee of £25 to private self referrals.
£50 per one hour session day times 9-5pm
£55 for evening (after 5) & Saturday appointments
Depending on availability concessions are sometimes available for students 16+ and also adult counselling students.
Employer referrals and EAP work regularly undertaken & GP Referrals welcome. Contact for terms & rates.
AXA PPP Healthcare
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and I am bound by their ethical code and practice. For more information please see www.bacp.co.uk
I am fully insured and my practice is professionally and confidentially supervised.