Nick McNamara MA (Psych) UKCP (Reg) CTA
I am an experienced UKCP Registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist and Supervisor working with individuals and couples at my private consulting room in Knaresborough, near Harrogate. During the pandemic I am continuing to work with my clients via online methods, such as Skype, Zoom, FaceTime etc.
I work with individuals who bring issues such as depression, anxiety and stress, questions of identity, relationship issues, problems at work, bereavement, addictions, abuse, anger management and many other difficulties.
Many people have never experienced personal therapy before, and this can seem a daunting prospect. I am more than happy to speak with you by phone or email before you decide whether you want to make an appointment. Our first session or two will be spent exploring what it is you want help with, thinking about how we might do this, and really giving you an experience of what it might feel like for us to work together. Every therapy journey is unique, and it is my job to find the best way of working with you, and to help to put you at ease. Our work together might last just a few weeks or more than a year, depending on you and the kind of changes that you want to make.
In couples counselling it is my role to support each person in the partnership to explore their experiences and needs, to illuminate what is happening in the relationship dynamic, and to help provide the tools to make changes or move on.
I believe that whilst counselling and psychotherapy cannot make any of us into completely different people, the possibility of making profound changes in the way we experience ourselves and world around us is very real. I am passionate about my work, and feel it is a privilege to do it.
I am also a qualified supervisor and welcome enquiries from both training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA (Distinction) in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA)
Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision
I have been providing counselling and psychotherapy to clients in a variety of settings since 2003, including work for the NHS and as an Associate Psychotherapist at The Tuke Centre, York.
I have been in private practice since 2006.
Ongoing professional development:
I am a member of a monthly facilitated Continuing Professional Development group for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Along with periodic one-to-one Supervision my membership of these groups reflects my commitment to ensure that my client work is as effective as possible, and that I continue to adhere to the highest ethical standards.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Questions of identity (Who am I, really?)
Unhelpful patterns of relating
General unhappiness and / or lack of meaning in life
Individuals - £55 for a 50 minute session
Couples - £75 for a 75 minute session
Supervision - £60 for a 60 minute session
My practice in Knaresborough is easily accessible from Leeds,York, Ripon and further afield, and benefits from free on-street parking.