Nicola Furbisher MBACP MNCP
Hello and welcome to my page.
My name is Nicola Furbisher; I am 52 and I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor supporting people who are struggling & in distress. I offer a warm welcome, an open heart & time & space to be with you, to be alongside you for as long or as short a period as you need.
Special notice: More than ever in these challenging times we need to find space to breathe and to express what we are feeling - and sometimes anxiety and fear can be utterly overwhelming.
Please don't be alone.
While my day to day full-session client work continues either face to face or online, I am also committed to supporting people who need a different kind of support to get them through these unprecedented times.
With this in mind, for the duration of the crisis I am offering regular half-hour evening support sessions via Skype or telephone at a cost of £20 per session to anyone who feels this might be of help. A chance for you to speak openly, to express what's going on for you, to be whatever and however you need to be. Contact me for more details.
In my day to day counselling, I work with clients suffering from the impact of trauma, grief, anxiety and depression; with those who have suffered mental, physical or sexual abuse, or are living with bereavement, and I also help people with low self-esteem, and those who are suffering from work or family-related problems.
I am integrative in my approach which means our work together can take many directions and will be specifically tailored to you.
I believe that a lot of pain we endure in our present life comes from things that happened to us when we were younger; and when our issues are about present day difficulties it can often be the case that our approach and resilience is affected by our lack of self-belief, self-worth and self-esteem.
Together we can gently explore what's going for you and perhaps challenge perceptions, behaviours and harmful beliefs. Be assured, this is your process and you are front and centre of it. I bring no agenda; no 'plan of action' - but together we can make important and lasting changes in your life.
I have worked with many clients who have suffered significant trauma in their lives and exploring body and mind responses and looking at coping strategies can be a large part of the work we do together in these circumstances.
What's most important, is that our relationship will be at the heart of how we work together to help you work through the issues you bring.
Warmest wishes, Nicola.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor having completed the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
Alongside my private work I am a counsellor at Leeds Mind and also at Support after Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL). I have also worked for more than a year at Mosaic II, a charity specialising in providing support for people who have been affected by sexual abuse; either sufferers themselves or their relatives.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and of the National Council of Psychotherapists and fully adhere to both organisations' ethical frameworks and code of conduct.
I hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service certificate, have insurance cover in association with my profession and have regular continuing professional training and, like all ethical counsellors, work with a supervisor to ensure I continue to develop my knowledge, experience and understanding.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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£45 per session (50 minutes to one hour)
The first meeting: what to expect...
Our first meeting will give you a chance to explore why you feel therapy might be right for you and what brings you to counselling.
I understand it can be a real challenge taking this first step, but I will support you and make the process as easy and as relaxed as possible for you. Above all it's important you feel safe and held in the counselling space as we get to know each other.
There will be some information to gather such as your details and any history or circumstances that are relevant to you seeking therapy, and we can establish if we feel comfortable working together. If I feel you would be better served with a different kind of psychological support I can help you find someone else and offer support with the referral.
We can also use this session to discuss what times and days would be easier for you to attend and discuss how we might work together. You might have lots of questions, and this is a useful time to look at your hopes and expectations.
The first meeting also allows you time to reflect on whether counselling is the right step for you at this time, and I will support you in whatever you decide to do.
At the end of this session, if we are both happy to proceed, our work together can begin.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||Yes|
The Tower Clinic in Cookridge has suitable access for disabled clients.
I work flexibly to ensure I can see my clients at times suitable to them and can offer evening and weekend sessions as well as sessions during 'office hours'
Types of client