John Nicholls MBACP
I aim to create a therapeutic space - an environment in which a person feels safe, accepted and respected.
They can then be helped to understand themselves and others more fully. Then they can uncover ways of being and living in a more resourceful, fulfilling way.
It involves accompanying them on a journey of self-discovery in the privacy and confidentiality of that therapeutic space.
This involves exploring how they think, feel and behave to assist them to find ways of being more genuine and authentic. Then they can be more fully in relationship with themselves and so with others.
- exploring thoughts,feelings, sensations and behaviours
- identifying what is spoiling or preventing enjoyment of life
- clarifying what is important
- uncovering personal qualities and tapping those inner resources
My approach is based on three theoretical approaches:
Psychodynamic - looking at how the past influences the present and how thinking, feeling and behaviour affect each other.
Existential - assisting the search for meaning and purpose.
Transpersonal - uncovering and developing personal inner qualities, which may include recognising and exploring spiritual issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 15 years' experience of providing individual and group psychotherapeutic services.
I trained for four years at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) to obtain the Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy in 2011.
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice (Middlesex University) and an Honours Degree in Social Administration (Nottingham University).
I practise privately and, for nine years, practised at MIND, a mental health charity, helping clients with issues such as stress and anxiety, phobias, compulsions, bereavement and depression, as well as self-development and spirituality issues.
For the past 10 years I have been working for Central and North West London Mental Health Trust as an Associate Practitioner. I provide therapeutic services to people with severe and enduring mental health issues.
Before becoming a psychotherapist, I enjoyed a long and successful career in public service management as a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
My own personal experience includes being in group therapy and psychoanalysis in the late 1980’s. From this I gained greater insight into myself and the desire to assist others to do the same.
Whilst training to become a psychotherapist, I attended 150 psychotherapy sessions to assist my personal and professional development.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I enjoy exploring dreams and their significance and if it is helpful to them, clients can use the creative media of drawing to explore these or other aspects of themselves to assist their self - development.
I am experienced in providing counselling for people who have got stuck and want to move on or who wish to expand their self-knowledge and development or to explore spirituality, faith and religious issues.
My fee for an introductory counselling session, lasting one hour, is £50.
In this consultation session we would clarify the issues you wish to explore and what you would wish to achieve and discuss whether psychotherapy was appropriate for you.
If you decided to commit to meeting weekly or fortnightly, my fee for a session lasting one hour is £50.
In certain circumstances I recognise that clients might prefer to see me at their home and I am happy to discuss whether I can accommodate that.
I work from my counselling room which is situated on the first floor within the Culver Church building, Culver Grove, Stanmore, London HA7 2NP.
It is located at the roundabout at the junction of St. Andrews Drive and Crowshott Avenue. There is unrestricted parking opposite the premises.
If using London Transport, the nearest Underground Stations are Queensbury or Canons Park (Jubilee Line). If exiting from Canons Park, cross over the road and take bus 186 towards Northwick Park Hospital, alighting at Abercorn Road. Walk down St. Andrews Drive, or take the 324 Hail and Ride service to Queensbury, (although this is half-hourly).
To discuss what may be involved in counselling with me or to arrange an introductory meeting, please text me on 07768 455309.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My availability is: Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 20.30 p.m. and Sunday 14.30 p.m
Types of client