Hi, my name's Nicky. Thank you for taking the time to view my profile.
Worrying about a situation, feeling confused, struggling to make a decision, or feeling down are times when it can be really helpful to confide in another. Somebody we trust to listen, provide a different perspective or even a gentle but helpful challenge. This someone can be a friend, a relative or a colleague and as a result a load can begin to feel lighter, we can gain clarity and relief.
Sometimes however it’s difficult to talk about how we really feel or about the events unfolding in our lives. This can be about protecting others who are struggling alongside us or because we can fear being a nuisance or judged in some way. Sadness, anger, panic, and anxiety are just some of the emotions that can be pushed away and neglected when going through a difficult time. Experiencing low levels of confidence and self-esteem can also be times when withdrawing instead of connecting can happen.
Unfortunately, the current situation with Covid-19 has resulted in greater challenges and uncertainty on top what can already be a difficult time. It can also reduce the possibility of reaching out for support.
At times like this a talking therapy can be helpful. A space to talk freely to a trained professional who is not otherwise part of everyday life.
As a fully qualified experienced counsellor and psychotherapist I can provide a safe, calming and confidential space. I offer to be alongside you to explore and help you come to a clearer more compassionate understanding of what you are experiencing and to find ways that mean life becomes less of a struggle and feels less overwhelming.
I provide a comfortable, spacious and airy environment in 3 different locations and at a time to suit you. I am currently also working online and by telephone to maintain continuity of care to clients when meeting in person is not possible. I offer both time limited/shorter term and open ended/longer term counselling and psychotherapy.
As a Relational Integrative therapist, I am able to offer different psychological perspectives and techniques that may be best suited to your needs. I will also take time to build a relationship with you as I consider this an important part of the therapy with potential to heal.
Please email me here, to get in touch and we can arrange an initial chat by phone. If you would like to go ahead to meet for an assessment we can make arrangements.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am experienced as a counsellor working with adults in both NHS/General practice settings as well as in the wider community. I have experience of working with a broad range of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression and panic disorder. I am also experienced in a way that enables me to provide support when faced with life changing circumstances. This includes bereavement and loss, health issues, trauma and relationship breakdowns.
My qualifications and training:
Ba (Hons) Integrative Relational Counselling. Kingston College in partnership with Middlesex University. BACP accredited 3 year degree course.
Level 3 Advanced Counselling Certificate.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher training. Bangor University.
I continue to develop professionally in a wide range of topics. I also receive regular clinical supervision and abide by my registered body ( BACP) code of ethical conduct.
More about me:
My background is in the field of health and wellbeing working within many different sectors as a registered and specialist public health nurse (Occupational Health). This gives me a unique insight into the relationship between physical and mental health and work including work related stress as well as transitions such as returning to work following a health issue and retirement.
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
£50 per 50 minute counselling session.
I also offer some concessions in certain circumstances.
Concessions offered for
Please contact me via email here if you would like to find out more about beginning counselling. We will arrange to speak by telephone and you can decide whether you would like to go on and meet for an initial session. I can offer to meet you face to face, via a video link or telephone depending on circumstances.