Nic Higham - Counselling & Life Coaching

Nic Higham - Counselling & Life Coaching

Wigston
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE18

Leicester Centre For Psychodynamic Counselling
12 Princess Street Westa
Leicester
LE1 6PT

01162884218 / 07807042513

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About me

I offer a sliding scale of £30 - £60 per 1-hour session. You can choose the amount in that range that best meets your financial circumstances.

Are you feeling rejected, abandoned, insecure, guilty, angry, stuck, defensive, inferior, or fearful? Do you want to explore, claim and express qualities such as innocence, empowerment, belonging, care, safety, compassion and equality?

Book your first appointment now: 0116 288 4218 or text 0780 704 2513.

Significant and enduring psychological shifts take time, hard work and, crucially, help from other people, sometimes professionals. You're not alone.

Do contact me if you are struggling with any issue relating to your mental or emotional wellbeing. You don't have to have a diagnosis or condition; if you're feeling low, stressed or confused, counselling can help to make sense of your experiences, work out what they mean for you and discover what can help.

What’s the difference between CBT and counselling?

"Both CBT and counselling are used to support people with similar issues like anxiety and depression. And they’re both forms of talking therapy... But while CBT therapists and clients work together to change a client’s behaviour or thinking patterns, counselling is less directive and through listening, empathy, encouragement and challenge counselling hopes to help the client to better understand themselves and find their own solutions to cope with the issues that face them." - Mental Health Today (Also, CBT tends to focus on the here-and-now and counselling explores the past, present and future. CBT is often short-term but counselling can be short-term or long-term.)

I offer a safe, supportive space to identify, explore and work through what is holding you back from living the life that you want.

Confidentially sharing your challenges and difficulties with somebody who listens well without judgement can help elevate your emotional burdens that are often a result of keeping thoughts and feelings locked up inside.

The sessions I offer may give you fresh, helpful insights that you’re currently unaware of, insights that I believe you already carry within you, but perhaps haven’t been able to actualise.

I provide a caring space in which you can have a private conversation to reflect on and find possible solutions to your challenges.

Counselling differs from other relationships in that appointments take place at a set time and place each week, for a certain duration (50 minutes) and happen over a period. Throughout this duration, I hope that you will experience a trustworthy, reliable, supportive, and empathic therapeutic relationship. Furthermore, counselling is far less about receiving guidance and more about talking to somebody who listens – judgement free.

I draw from a range of therapeutic and healing approaches, including Psychodynamic therapy, and offer bespoke sessions for each client meaning the work we do evolves accordingly with the unique experience of each person. People talk to me about specific problems in the present – the ‘here and now’, but I also support clients with long-term difficulties that stem from the past as well.

Counselling can provide the help and support you need from someone that can be trusted, but who isn’t your friend, family member, or colleague. The people in your life might be able to give you some support and advice, but counselling is a very different type of relationship. Unlike counsellors, not everybody has the skills and capacity to listen “actively” and with mindfulness, and it’s often good to talk with someone who is not involved with your everyday life. To be a professional counsellor, I have done specific training to gain a qualification recognised by a professional body. Throughout my training, it was important to me to achieve a level of competency required by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Counsellors are guided by specific theories about the causes of problems, and the necessary approaches to help people. I attend ongoing professional development courses, too, have regular supervision, and I am committed to a code of practice and ethical framework.

I have over ten years of experience working and volunteering for the National Health Service (NHS) in mental health inpatient care, as a mindfulness tutor at a mental health recovery college and within a therapeutic community. I am a best selling author of a book on mindfulness, loneliness and anxiety. After leaving inpatient psychiatry, I joined a national social justice charity where I led national mental health service improvement projects. I have developed healthcare staff development schemes and written a major publication for children and adolescent mental health services.

My work is influenced by nonduality / spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, Rupert Spira, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ramana Maharshi, Adyashanti, Byron Katie, and Jeff Foster.

- Each 50 minute session costs £30 to £60
- 0116 288 4218 / 0780 704 2513 / Contact@thelifethatyouare.com
- I am based in Wigston and Leicester
- Student discount available
- Counselling student discount
- 10 years experience of working within NHS

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications:
– Level 4 Higher National Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling
– Level 3 Certificate In Counselling Skills
– Foundation Course in Groupwork (Group Analysis / Group Analytic Psychotherapy)
– Results Life Coach
– Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
– Neurological Re-patterning
– Ericksonian Hypnosis

- Spiritual Psychology (module 1) with Georgi Y Johnson

Professional Membership:
– Individual Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
– Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Spirtuality
– Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Private Practice

Member organisations

BACP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

A major influence on my approach is the teaching of advaita (non-duality) guru Nisargadatta Maharaj who founded Nisarga Yoga (Natural Unity), a non-physical spiritual practice focused on connection with our true nature. I have trained in Spiritual Psychology with Georgi Y Johnson.

“Therapy is about healing, which is the compassionate movement needed to return to naturalness and wholeness. Nondual Therapy is a process which supports the release of energetic contractions in the psyche back to the Source qualities out of which they were formed.”

“Nondual Therapy is not about achieving a status, or becoming a new, improved person. Rather, it’s about undoing the web of personality to allow the flow of pure Nondual Qualities through and beyond all forms of the psyche, whether they be broken, twisted or imperfect.”

- Georgi Y. Johnson

Photos & videos

  • Living The Life That You Are
  • Counselling room

Fees

I offer a sliding scale of £30 - £60 per 1-hour session. You can choose the amount in that range that best meets your financial circumstances.

“…you feel separate from your true Self, and you are trying to become reunited…”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

"What a liberation to realize that the voice in my head is not who I am. Who am I then?"

- Eckhart Tolle

"...who you really are – can never be lost, precisely because it’s there even when you feel lost. Consciousness is never lost."

- Jeff Foster

Further information

It's important for you to be able to talk and think about your experiences in a calm, supportive and non-judgemental space. This is the foundation for all forms of helping and should be the first thing that any counsellor offers.

Counselling, also called talking therapy or psychological therapy, is a formalised opportunity for you to talk and process your experiences. It could help you to make sense of your life experiences, understand what they mean for you and discover what helps.

Psychodynamic counselling focuses on how emotional and relational patterns that have occurred in our lives keep affecting us.

Many people could or do benefit from exploring and reflecting on their experiences, and many benefit from formal counselling.

Maps & Directions

Leicester, LE18
Leicester, LE1 6PT

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

Available

Types of client

Young people
Adults