Nicki Thomas MBACP BA Hons
Hi, I am a professionally qualified, experienced counsellor, offering you a compassionate, safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to share whatever is troubling you. By choosing to take this courageous first step you begin your journey towards overcoming difficulties, changing, healing and moving forward. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, low self esteem, bereavement, trauma, eating issues, abuse or other difficulties I believe that through our work together you will be enabled to explore and understand your life experience and yourself, empowering you to overcome difficulties and move forward to a more positive place.
A degree in Person-Centred counselling provides the foundation for the way I work, I aim to create an open therapeutic relationship where you feel safe, heard, understood, valued and warmly accepted. My way of working is further informed and enriched through my life experience; a varied teaching career, a psychology degree, additional professional training and working as a therapist at MIND and independently. I am able to draw ideas and strategies form other therapeutic theories and approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Inner Child Therapy, Mindfulness, Creative approaches, Transactional Analysis and Attachment Theory. I believe everyone is unique and endeavour to tailor my practice to offer each individual a therapeutic experience that best fits their unique self and circumstances, enabling them to become more self aware and find a more positive way forward.
How Counselling works
There are many different talking therapies but research evidence consistently finds that a trusting relationship, built on acceptance, understanding and openness between you and your counsellor, is the most important ingredient in assisting you to explore and make sense of yourself and your life.
You will come to recognise how life experiences have shaped your thoughts, feelings, responses and behaviours. This process of sharing, exploration and understanding reveals solutions, increases your resilience, self worth and self esteem enabling you to grow and change.
Our first session.
This session lasts for approximately 50 minutes during which we will explore what has brought you into counselling. It is an opportunity for me to get to know you and for you to find out if I am the right person for you to work with. How counselling works will be further explained so that you are able to make an informed choice as to whether you wish to continue the journey. It is also a time to consider your expectations, hopes and goals.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy
- BA (Hons) Psychology
- Dipoloma; Working with Children and Young People
- Transactional Analysis 101
- Certificate in Eating disorders
- Inner Child Therapy
- Mental Health Issues
- Creative and Artistic Approaches,
- Sexual Abuse
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Initial session £15, thereafter £40 per individual session
(Reduction of £20 if 6 sessions booked in advance.)
I offer brief or longer term therapy.
I offer evening appointments (morning appointments can also be arranged). Town location with easy access to M20.
I am a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and on the BACP Register. I work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
I hold full Professional Indemnity insurance and have regular monthly supervision as per the requirements of BACP.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Types of client