"I wish had the courage to express my feelings. I wish that I had let myself be happier". Hi I'm Nicola and I believe that having courage to seek help when we need it can change our lives. Making you feel safe and heard is my priority. Walking through your difficult feelings you will have the opportunity to explore a new perspective and find the tools needed to equip you to manage situations more effectively. I work with people who have depression, anxiety, bereavement, work stress, abuse, self-esteem and relationship difficulties. I am passionate in helping you to feel more fulfilled and understand more about yourself.
I have previously trained as a primary school teacher. However, after suffering a very close bereavement I reached out for support and saw the benefit and value of counselling which I also wanted to bring to other people.
I offer face to face and online counselling through video calls or telephone counselling. This allows flexibility for you to have a session wherever you feel comfortable without having to travel, especially in these unprecedented times. Furthermore, it offers similar benefits to face to face counselling as we are able to see each other and build the one to one relationship more effectively.
During our first session which is 50 minutes long, I believe building a trusting relationship with you is paramount and we will explore what has brought you to counselling and the experiences you are currently having as well as touching on your past experiences to gain a greater understanding of who you are as a person. I will then discuss with you what your goals of the therapy are which we will review in set intervals together, depending on whether you would like short term or long term counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained in integrative counselling specifically so that I can have the freedom to choose the techniques and models that are best suited to the clients’ requirements. The approaches I use are Person centred, Psychodynamic, CBT, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis.
Person Centred is focussed on the present issues that you face and puts you at the centre of the work, so that together we find a more positive way forward for you.
Psychodynamic is centred around the past experiences and how they have shaped you as a person. Together, we will explore the dynamics of your relationships with others and yourself and bring self awareness to the forefront.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is commonly used in NHS setting and short term therapy to bring light on to your thoughts and how they affect you so that you can look at things in a different perspective.
Gestalt is centred around how you are in the world around you and the experiences you are having in the present including how you are feeling within the session as it progresses.
Transactional analysis is around your communication and behaviour with others around to have a deeper understanding of the interactions you have and how they have come about. Also to explore the adult and child states we often communicate in at various times. Furthermore the drama triangle we may be involved in when communicating in relationships.
Previous experience includes Barnet Bereavement, Sangam community centre and a GP surgery for over 4 years. I have supported people with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self development, work stress and bereavement amongst others. I have also worked within Social Services supporting families in difficulty.
I offer a gentle warm space so you feel uninhibited to explore your difficult feelings without judgement. I offer a free 15 minute video consultation to see if the type of counselling I offer is suited to you. I look forward to answering your questions.
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
Concessions offered for
£35 for concessions our sessions can be weekly or fortnightly