Nicky Holt ( Registered MBACP )
I hope to offer you a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental environment in which to explore your concerns. It is my hope that you will feel confident to experiment with new ways of dealing with your problems that are helpful and constructive or that you will find some sense of acceptance about the things you cannot change.
Research consistently shows that the relationship between client and counsellor is the most important factor in successful therapy. With this in mind I believe it is vital that you feel I am someone you can work with and so I offer an initial 50 mins session at a reduced rate of £15.00 for you to discuss your concerns and for us both to decide if we can work together. At this session we will agree a working contract and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or discuss concerns you may have. If I do not feel that I am the best person to support you I will attempt to signpost you towards somebody that may be better qualified to do so.
Ongoing sessions last 50 mins each and take place, initially, on a weekly basis and are charged at £40.00. It will be your decision how long therapy continues and I will frequently check in with you to review if you are gaining what you need from our work together. After a while some clients like to reduce the frequency of our meetings to fortnightly but this is generally after significant progress has been made.
How I work:
My core training is in the Person Centred Approach to counselling. This means that I have a strong belief that every individual has the capacity for growth and personal development if given the right conditions. In therapy these conditions are acceptance and empathy from a non-judgemental , genuine and trustworthy therapist. I will work hard to understand your view of the world and your experiences so that I can reflect them back to you in a way that may support your self understanding and acceptance. You will lead this process and talk about what is important to you. This alone can be helpful and I will never tell you what to do in relation to significant decisions in your life. Sometimes however we will identify specific thought and behaviour patterns that are undermining your well-being and then we may agree to use strategies informed by the practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which addresses these more directly. When working in this way I may offer more direction and suggest strategies to use in between our sessions.
Before qualifying in Counselling and Psychotherapy I had nearly twenty years experience of working as a Registered Mental Health Nurse. I am also qualified in Occupational Health and have experience of supporting clients with work related mental health issues. My background in mental health means I have some understanding of medication and statutory services but I am not a replacement for your GP, primary care team or specialist mental health services who you should continue to engage with.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Member of the BACP
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CBT for Person Centred Counsellors
Emotion Focused Therapy - Level 1
Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
£40.00 per session. I allocate some appointments as low cost counselling for students, nhs employees or those on a low income. Evidence of these may be requested.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|