Nicola Boot, (BACP Accredited, Dip. TA Psychotherapy)
Are you having difficulty coping? Or is life not working out the way you’d like it to? Do you want something different but don’t know where to start?
I am a friendly, experienced Psychotherapist based in Chorlton, South Manchester. I provide a safe space where you can talk in confidence about difficult emotional issues which may be stopping you from getting the most out of your life. Through counselling and therapy, I can help you make sense of painful feelings or troubling thoughts and experiences.
Sometimes it is difficult to express ourselves openly to those closest to us. Counselling and therapy is different, however, to talking with your friends and family. I am able to listen to your concerns attentively without judging or needing a certain outcome. I offer a safe place to explore and talk, where you can be assured that what you say and feel will be respected.
Through counselling and therapy, I offer you a chance to recognize and remove stumbling blocks and develop greater awareness, growth and coping strategies. I am able to accompany you and work with you to identify and manage the changes you want to make in your life. Through counselling and therapy, I can offer you an opportunity to learn skills which will help you break out of old patterns and ways of being. These skills are rather like an emotional tool kit which you can take around with you for the rest of your life and which give you the freedom to make new choices, move forward and transform your life.
What to expect
The first therapy session will give you an opportunity to tell me more about yourself and what you hope to achieve from coming to therapy. Often, people don’t have a clear idea of what they want, but know that they want something different. You will have time to ask any questions and we can talk about the possibilities and expectations for our work together.
Once I have an understanding of you, I draw on several models of therapy, including TA (Transactional Analysis), Relational and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), depending on your needs.
I also encourage a respectful and trusting relationship where you will feel comfortable and safe enough to explore problems and feelings and express thoughts without fear of criticism or judgement.
I am able to offer long or short term therapy. We can decide to review our sessions as therapy progresses or work for a fixed number of weeks.
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes for individuals and 60 minutes for couples. Ideally we will meet at a regular time each week, as this furthers engagement with our work. Some people however, prefer fortnightly appointments, and this can also be arranged.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am Registered and Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), member of MIP (Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy) and of the ITA (Institute of Transactional Analysis). The ITA is regulated by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I abide by the BACP and the ITA’s code of ethics.
I also have a Diploma in TA Psychotherapy with Clinical Speciality, from the Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy and a BSc in Psychology.
I have worked in private practice as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist since 2006. I have experience counselling a wide range of adults on a wide range of relationship and personal issues (see below).
Prior to my work as a Psychotherapist, I have had a variety of experience, ranging from work as a teacher in Mexico to a publicity designer for an animation studio in Manchester.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Grief and Loss