Nicki Dowd Bsc (Hons), PG Dip, MBACP, MSc, Diploma in Relational Supervision.
There are times in everyone's lives when they feel that they could benefit from some support. Perhaps you are feeling depressed or anxious, struggling to cope with life in general or just 'stuck'. Counselling provides the availability of time and space in order for you to explore any problems you may be encountering in your daily life or any issues that may be troubling you from the past.
My style of working allows the counselling to be unique to you and focused on your life experiences. I specialise in providing a warm, non judgmental environment, enhanced with empathy and integrity in order to support you in your understanding of yourself.
I aim to establish a therapeutic relationship which will enable you to examine your feelings and work towards improving your well being. By providing a safe and confidential environment I am able to help you to enhance your sense of control and choice over your life.
Often if you are struggling with a particular issue or decision just a few sessions are enough for you to have a clearer picture of your problem and to decide on what course of action you may wish to take. However, for more deep rooted or complicated issues longer term counselling, may be required.
I offer a free, no obligation, initial consultation in order that I can get to know a little bit about you and you may ask any questions you may have. If you would like to know more or wish to book a free introductory, no obligation consultation please contact me today to arrange an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling, University of Brighton
BSc (Hons,) in Psychology, University of Sussex
Ascentis Certificate in Bereavement Care
Pre Diploma in Counselling Certificate
I have a wide experience working with many different client groups. In addition to working in private practice in Henfield I also work for other counselling agencies. I have gained specific training and experience in the field of bereavement and continue to work as a bereavement support volunteer with a local charity. I also work for an independent counselling organisation based in Southwick which supports clients who are working through issues such as abuse, relationship problems, addictions, low self esteem and anxiety.
As a qualified counsellor I am a member of the BACP and therefore adhere to their code of ethics. I am also CRB checked.
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
Fees (per 50 mins session)
I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation in order that I can get to know a little bit about you and you may ask any questions you may have. This will enable us to decide if we want to begin working together. Each session lasts 50 minutes and is usually the same time each week.
Payment by cash or cheque at the beginning of each session or by weekly standing order; this can be discussed at the initial consultation.
Standard counselling rate £40,
Couples work £55,
Student Rate £30,
I do understand that money can be tight and therefore, in addition to this I also have limited concessionary appointments for people who are on a low income or experiencing financial difficulty.
I offer weekend and evening appointments. if you have any questions please feel free to contact me in confidence today to arrange a free, no obligation initial appointment.