Nicola Borthwick, PGCE, BSc (Hons), Dip Couns. Registered Member MBACP

Nicola Borthwick, PGCE, BSc (Hons), Dip Couns. Registered Member MBACP

9 Charcot Road
London
NW9

Welwyn
AL6

07860 384681

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9 Charcot Road
London
NW9

Welwyn
AL6

07860 384681

About me

Hello and welcome to my counselling profile ‘Clear Horizons Counselling & Training’.

About Me

I specialise in working with adults (individuals & couples) who are experiencing difficult times in their lives.  I have spent a number of years counselling parents at a children’s centre in north London, as well as running a voluntary service and my own private practice.  I have written successful funding bids which have enabled me to work with clients from a diverse range of ethnic groups and who are experiencing a range of mental health issues. I have also worked in various community settings and am used to experiencing different cultural & ethical issues. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists), working to their code of ethics and am eligible to apply for accreditation status.

I am also a qualified post-16/adult tutor & adult community co-ordinator at a large north London college. I have worked in this sector for over 20 years and now work with various organistions in Barnet and Enfield offering training/workshops in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Transactional Analysis (TA), Assertiveness & Communication strategies and Self Esteem  for their professional staff, as well as for their clients and college students.

In addition, I have experience of working successfully with Employee Assistance Providers.

How Can Counselling Help You?

Having taken the initial step to consider counselling, I am able to offer you a supported, safe,
non-judgemental and empathic space to explore your thoughts, feelings and in time be able to reach decisions that are right for you, and therefore move towards your own ‘Clear Horizon’.

People from all walks of life can benefit from counselling. You may find that you’re struggling with relationships, having a crisis in your personal life, facing bereavement or illness, in an abusive relationship or perhaps experiencing anxiety over work issues. You may have feelings of hopelessness, a lack of self-worth or confidence, depression or stress. Whatever the reasons for your present difficulties, these can be explored in counselling. Counselling can help you to reflect and work through any problems in an understanding, secure and safe environment.

Training, qualifications & experience

How I would Work with You

I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I can offer you a variety of methods of counselling suited to your needs.  I can work with you in a variety of ways (Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) and basic Psychodynamic), to help you find a way through your difficulties, so that you find your own solutions.  I offer both short term and long term counselling and have experience of working successfully with Employee Assistance Providers.

My Experience

I have co-ordinated training in the community adult education sector in north London for 20 years and have worked with an extremely diverse range of clients in terms of physical and emotional needs, which has led me to a counselling profession.

I have worked with a broad client group who have experienced anxiety, depression, bereavement, sexual abuse, relationship issues/difficulties, family issues, suicidal feelings, anger issues, OCD and domestic violence, as well as a number of other issues, including personality disorders and Asperger's syndrome.  In addition, I also work with various organistions in Barnet and Enfield offering training/workshops in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Transactional Analysis (TA), Assertiveness & Communication strategies and Self Esteem  for their professional staff, as well as for their clients and college students.

My Qualifications & Training

Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists), working to their code of ethics and am eligible to apply for accreditation status

PGCE in Post-16 Education & Training (University of Hertfordshire)

Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (Aylesbury College)

Certificate in CBT (Amersham & Wycombe College)

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course for Personal/Professional Development (8 weeks)

Introduction to Mindfulness (ECLIPSE, Barnet)

Counselling for Couples (Various short courses and workshops including: Langley Therapy, Herts and Riverwood Counselling and Wellbeing Practice, St. Neots)

Introduction to Autism for Counsellors (Counselling Works and Training LLP,  Milton Keynes)

Borderline Personality Disorder Workshop (Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust)

Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (2 Day Course. Future Path, Barnet)

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Barnet College)

Safeguarding & Child Protection for Professionals with Designated Responsibility (Group 4)(Barnet Council)

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Staff Training Barnet & Southgate College)

BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Environmental Studies (University of Hertfordshire)

NVQ Training & Development Level 3 (Oaklands College)

HNC Business & Administration (Glyndwr University/NEWI)

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

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Fees

FREE Introductory Session for Individuals & Couples
I offer an initial FREE 50 minute assessment session where we can discuss your needs, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and explore together the best way, for you, to move forward.

Fees at Welwyn

Sessions in Welwyn are charged at £40 per counselling hour for individuals (50 minutes) and £52 per hour for couples (60 minutes)

Fees at Colindale
Sessions in Colindale are charged at £45 per counselling hour (50 minutes) and £57 per hour for couples (60 minutes).

Student/other concessions may be available. Please enquire for further details.

Further information

Where I Offer Counselling

Counselling sessions in Old Welwyn are held in my conservatory overlooking my peaceful garden. There is free road parking. I offer Thursday afternoon, evenings and weekend morning appointments. (Please see photos above)

In Colindale, they are held at The Colindale Communities Trust's Venue, (15 Osler Court, Charcot Road, NW9 5XW) in the heart of Colindale which is close to public transport links, including both tube (nearest tube is Colindale)/ bus and there is also nearby free road parking.  I offer evening appointments here between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.

Feedback Comments from Previous Counselling Clients

  • ‘Natural ' closure. Feel I have the tools needed to move forward for the first time in a long time. Nicola has a soft approach that suited me. Very flexible/accommodating.  I believe counselling can be useful. It's good to have someone without an agenda to support you through challenging times.’
  • 'Relaxing and practical in her approach. A variety of methods were used to find the most suitable for for me & I've benefited as a result. Useful tools & guides to use outside the sessions.'
  • ‘I think every area of the counselling has been very helpful to all aspects of my developmental progress'.
  • 'I have found the sessions extremely helpful for my well being & mind. I have grown in confidence & have become more assertive using the tools I have learnt.'
  • ‘I found the CBT techniques extremely helpful.’
  • The communication 'I' statements & the CBT 'STOP' sheets were really helpful.'
  • Nicola was very supportive and understanding. We spoke a lot about communicating with other people (relatives and friends).
  • The opportunity to analyse and discuss. Looking at communication and the drama triangle.'
  • 'It was good to work back and look forward. It was useful to talk to someone who I didn't know or who knew me.'
  • 'Being able to express my feelings without being judged and to have someone to listen to me and hear what I am saying.'

Maps & Directions

London, NW9
Welwyn, AL6

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

Colindale only. Ground floor premises.

Availability

Evenings and Saturday mornings.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme