Nicola Benyahia (Registered Member MBACP Accred)
Hello and welcome to my profile. My name is Nicola.
I am an fully registered and accredited counsellor and a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)specialising in work with young people, aged from 14-25 years old. I have worked in a variety of different settings including schools, colleges and G.P surgeries all delivering therapeutic work.
I am experienced in a number of different issues affecting young people including: trauma, sexual abuse,bullying,relationship breakdown,mental health,self-harming.
I currently work in Birmingham, offering individual and couple therapy on a long or short term basis within my own private practice. At times it is not always possible for everybody to access counselling services outside of their own home, due to social anxiety, phobias, or disabilities. Additionally I can offer a home visiting service on prearrangement. I am warm and approachable. I can provide you with a trusting, safe and confidential environment, where you will be heard and feel safe enough to identify and share issues that you are currently experiencing in order to alleviate your anxiety and worries.
I have also gained specialist training in De- radicalisation, family based intervention counselling and prevention methods for which I have set up an organisation ‘Families For Life’.
I hope to create an environment where you will feel heard, understood and seen without any judgement. Therapy is a chance for you to talk about how you feel - I won't necessarily tell you what to do but I will listen to how you are feeling at the moment and try and understand your difficulties so that we can work together to help you feel in a better place and more in control of your life. You will feel very safe. All conversations are confidential. I can offer onsite therapy within organisations such as schools, colleges and offices that are able to provide a suitable space. I am also able to offer counselling session at my counselling practice in East Birmingham.
We all go through tough times and sometimes we get to the point where we need some help in dealing with things. You may be feeling overwhelmed, lost, alone, confused, numb, bereaved, hopeless, betrayed, angry, lonely, afraid or struggling with low self-esteem. Sometimes we reach a point where we need to make sense of what is happening and understand our thoughts and feelings. As a compassionate counsellor I can offer you the opportunity to do this in a welcoming, safe, supportive and confidential space.
Through my work and experience over the years within the mental health sector, I can help you work to understand why you feel anxious or find yourself repeating situations which may not necessarily be healthy for you. I will support you to uncover your answers and to work out how to do things in a way which works better for you. Many of my clients have suffered from depression, stress or other issues and I have supported them to understand why they feel like this and what they can do differently. In helping people on a short-term basis, I can offer coping techniques sometimes incorporate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy into my work to suit individual needs where a client feels the need to effectively manage their thoughts, behaviours and feelings in the present.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have additional training/qualifications for working with young people and Families. My experience involves counselling within a variety of organisations. I have worked within the NHS working with individuals and their families who have experienced and been impacted by an acquired brain injury such as a traumatic brain injury (resulting from a car accident, fall or assault for example), a stroke or an infection in the brain.
I have also worked at a voluntary organisation providing counselling for people who have experienced long term mental health, such as drug and alcohol problems, Bipolar disorder, OCD, panic attacks and PTSD (Post Traumatic stress Disorder)
Additionally I am fully trained Counter Violent extremism (CVE) family Counsellor having been trained by Daniel Koehler Founder of the German Institute on Radicalisation and De-radicalisation Studies (GIRDS). I have spoken and presented extensively on the topic of extremism and have presented at both national and international events to bring about better awareness and understanding.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
De-radicalisation and Counter extremism Family counselling
Initial 30 minute free consultation
£40- Individuals per 50 Minute session
£50 -Couples per 50 Minute session
A few concessionary places are available to low income clients.
Available evenings and weekends on arrangement
I am able to offer home visits as and when required in a discreet, sensitive professional manner for those who may be housebound, due to a physical or medical disability, those with children, the elderly and anyone preferring this type of counselling.
Additionally If you think you would benefit from seeing a counsellor, but know that you would struggle to fit a series of face-to-face sessions into your busy schedule, online counselling via Skype or telephone counselling might be the best choice for you. This is particularly relevant for those who find it difficult to travel. In addition, phone therapy offers far greater anonymity, and people often find it easier to open up about problems without being face to face with a therapist.
If you feel that you would like to explore counselling further, please give me a ring to arrange a time. In this initial session we can explore the possibilities for working together and I will provide you with further information so that you can decide if you would like to book further sessions.