Nicola Elmes MBACP
The Awareness Centre
41 Abbeville Road
Feel Good Balham
Hildreth Street Mews
"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change."Jim Rohn
Have you got that niggling feeling that things aren't right? You don't feel happy or you feel stuck in negative behavioural patterns? Or it could be painful unresolved issues from your past, or daily life issues like anxiety that are affecting you in the here and now. Therapy is a great place to start. Through a collaborative process I can work with you to identify what might be holding you back or keeping you stuck and giving you the support you need to move forward. I work integratively which means I use different styles of therapy but tailor it to suit you as every client is an individual and has different needs.
Relationship in trouble? Couples therapy can be invaluable for providing a safe space to work through all the issues that arise between you. In my experience many couples simply lose the ability to communicate effectively and get themselves heard. I can work with you to help get you towards having a healthy relationship. I find that sometimes just a few sessions can be really effective, but of course I offer long term work and support if it is required.
I strive to create a relaxed informal confidential safe space. I am currently based at the Awareness Centre in Clapham, Feel Good Balham. I also run my Private Practice in Balham.
I am qualified to work integratively and in CBT. I work with individuals, couples and young people.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a further Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their code of ethics. I am also a member of Cruse, Bereavement Agency.
I have gained experience by working in an NHS environment and privately with issues ranging from:
- family issues and couples work
- eating disorders
Lack of self confidence and low sense of worth and self esteem.
I am also qualified and experienced in working with young people (aged 12-19).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
If a particular issue is not listed, please feel free to contact me to discuss.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process, so initially I would suggest an assessment session to establish why you are considering therapy and what you may hope to get out of the process.This also provides an opportunity to ask any questions and to address any fears or concerns that you may have. I am able to offer some concessions depending on availability.
My fees are:
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available week days and evenings. I can also offer weekend appointments if necessary. Please email or call me to discuss availibilty and we can find a time that suits.
Types of client