About me

Hi, I'm Nicky. A warm welcome to my profile.

How might I help you?
Would you like to reduce stress and anxiety in an area of your life?  Do you want a healthier relationship with yourself, your family or friends? Would you like to explore the impact of a traumatic experience?  Is your wish to be heard and understood without fear of criticism or judgement? Even if you can't identify an exact reason - it may just be a niggle that you can't explain - I would be happy to listen.  Please contact me to have a free initial consultation.

A little bit about me
I am passionate about helping clients to develop greater self-esteem, freedom of choice in the future, and hope.  The partnership between client and counsellor is key to believing that change is possible, with open and honest communication, mutual trust and respect all necessary factors to ensure a successful outcome.  As your counsellor, I would work collaboratively with you to explore a different, improved way of living - such as finding more effective ways of coping, gaining new perspectives or problem solving.  I offer an empathic, confidential and supportive environment, 'shining a torch' on your future path to help you move forward with confidence and clarity.  Does this sound like the way you would like to work with your counsellor?  If so, please get in touch.

What happens in the first session?
My objective for the first session is for you to leave feeling glad that you have taken the first step on your counselling journey, you have a basic understanding of the counselling process and that you feel safe and comfortable working with me.  It takes place once you have decided on our working together - the initial consultation is invaluable for us both - and the necessary paperwork is signed and returned to me. 
The first session has a number of necessary elements to it - discussing the contract and the required commitment by both client and counsellor to ensure that the counselling relationship is fruitful. We would also look further at your reasons for registering for counselling - however broad - and what would you like to explore first, the main issue on your mind. Confidentiality and safeguarding are key topics for the first session and also it is important for me to explain the counselling process, to manage your expectations moving forward. A risk assessment is also undertaken, through our conversation but also from the completion of the CORE outcome measure form which ascertains how you are have been feeling over the past week; I review this every six to eight weeks with clients to help illustrate progression in mental wellbeing or areas that show a need to potentially review the issues being discussed.

If anything on my profile connects with you in some way, please contact me to arrange a free initial consultation.  It is important that you take the time to chat with a number of counsellors; hope to speak with you in the future.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (based on Transactional Analysis), a theory which explores why we think, feel and act the way we do.

I have particular experience working with women who have experience of domestic abuse, either as a survivor or as a current sufferer of coercive control, through my voluntary work as a counsellor at a women's refuge.  Past client issues include chronic illness, depression, marital problems, emotional eating, grief and loss, and feelings of being 'stuck'.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic Illness
Invisible Illness

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I am currently offering telephone and online counselling and charge £45 per weekly session of 50 minutes.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am flexible with my working hours.  Weekday sessions can begin at 8am, the last evening session will start at 7pm.
Saturday morning sessions are from 9am - 12pm.

Further information

I attend regular training and workshops (currently on-line) to expand my knowledge and understanding of working with client issues.  My most recent training has been on the following topics:

- Treating Shame
- 'Stuckness'
- Understanding Coercive Controlling Behaviour and Domestic Abuse during Covid-19
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss
- Managing Suicidal Conversations

Andover
Wiltshire
SP11

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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