Nicola Griffiths BACP Dip in Counselling BA Hons in Social Studies

Nicola Griffiths BACP Dip in Counselling BA Hons in Social Studies

The Eaves Counselling And Psychology
4 Railton Road
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 9LX

07885 281893

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About me


Hello my name is Nicola, thank you for taking time to look at my profile. I provide good quality, professional counselling. A safe space where confidentiality is integral to my work. I aim to build a relationship which is empathic, compassionate and clear.

My practice is integrative counselling, working with the local community counselling people with anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, , childhood abuse, domestic violence, relationship issues, among a number of issues. I have experience of working with the impact of childhood abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence. Many years of working within the field of care and social work brings with it an understanding and empathy with my clients. My qualifications as a social worker, counsellor, and nursery nurse contribute to the skills I bring to support you. I have a BA Hons in Applied Social Studies and am a BACP individual member working under their code of ethics, values and principles.

Talking to a counsellor is different to talking to a friend. A counsellor is impartial and non judgemental. You will have space to talk at your pace, there is no pressure and if you find it difficult to talk we can find ways around this which will help you feel more comfortable. Many people say I don't know where to start, I can help you sort out your thoughts and put them into an understandable order.

It is a difficult decision choosing which counsellor is right for you. Your first session will enable you to decide whether we will work together. You can be assured of a commitment from me within our working relationship. We will arrange appointments at a time to suit you. You will be in a safe, warm, confidential space which you can talk.


Call text or email Nicola 07885281893 / aquacounselling@gmail.com

Training, qualifications & experience

Training

  • Family Law - Divorce & Financial Implications, Children Law update, Domestic violence law update, Alternative dispute resolution by The Eaves and Pennington Manches Cooper Family Team - 24th October 2019.
  • Mental Health and the body: Treating Trauma PODS training 12th October 2019
  • An Introduction to Working with Eating Disorders by Dr Lucy Hale - 21st September 2019
  • Food – More than just a fuel for the brain! Presented by Orla Stone Dietician - 8th June 2019
  • Evidence-based psychological treatments for trauma - a cognitive approach to PTSD and complex grief Trauma Michael Duffy examines PTSD with a special emphasis on trauma linked to conflict and terrorism and current recommendations for the treatment of PTSD -12th March 2019 - BACP Webinar
  • Loss: What does life mean for me now? - October 2018 - BACP Webinar
  • Post natal mental illness - Dr Jo Gee 29th September 2018 - The Eaves
  • Focus on Survivors Conference 24th July 2018 - University of Suffolk
  • BACP Research conference - Counselling changes lives: research that impacts practice 11th 12th May 2018
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder: The Fundamentals - 13th October 2017 - PODS
  • Identity: can you tell me who I am - 23rd September 2017 - BACP webinar
  • Working with Relational Trauma - 24th March 2017 - PODS
  • Supporting Refugee Survivors - 6th March 2017 - SARSAS
  • Vicarious Trauma - 17th October 2016 - SARSAS
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - 2nd 3rd March 2016 - Living Works
  • Autism Awareness Course - Somerset skills and Learning Programme 2016
  • Trauma , Dissociation and Recovery - 27th November 2015 - PODS
  • Working with Sexualised Trauma - 7th February 2015 - Zoe Lodrick
  • Adolescent Development & Substance Misuse - 16th January 2013 - Freespace
  • Safeguarding Adolescents - 21st 22nd June 2010

Qualification

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling level 4 2016
  • Certificate in Counselling level 2 2014
  • Art Therapy Foundation Course 2006
  • BA Hons in Applied Social Studies 1998
  • Diploma in Social Work 1997
  • Diploma in Nursery Nursing 1988

Work Experience

  • Private practice Farnham
  • PAM ASSIST EAP Organisation - Glastonbury / Wells
  • Private practice - Glastonbury /Wells
  • Support worker with people who have experienced rape and sexual abuse
  • Counsellor at Elim Connect - Wells
  • Counsellor at Truro Young Womens Centre -Truro
  • Social Worker at 16 + Team - Bodmin
  • Counsellor at Jigsaw Project - Truro
  • Social Worker at Children and families Team - Plymouth
  • Social Worker at Children with Disabilities Team - Wandsworth
  • Project Worker at Barnardos with Families in Temporary Accommodation - London Bridge
  • Social Work Assistant at Children and Families Team - Kingston
  • Family Support Worker at Alpha Road Family Centre - Surbiton

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Women
  • Young people 16 years upwards
  • Men
  • Childhood abuse
  • Care leavers

Photos & videos

  • A satisfied client
  • A Thank You card - with permission
  • Nicola Griffiths
  • Amsterdam Trip
  • Book The Courage To Be Me
  • Book - Recovery is my best revenge
  • The Beck Diet Solution
  • Book - Mind over Mood
  • Motivation needs renewing regularly to achieve goals
  • Counselling room
  • Sharing your story eases the pain
  • Domestic Violence
  • Which step have you reached today?
  • Dissociation means your brain is protecting you from the trauma
  • '2 heads are better than 1'
  • Find your safe place
  • It's all in your head -stories of psychosomatic illness

Fees



£50 per counselling session

£40 for concessions

Further information

Testimonials

"Since working with Nicola I have come off my anxiety meds, I can look at my life with a different perspective, I am more positive" Anon


"I felt at ease, gave me things to think about before the next session and work on, motivated me to get things done which may be causing me stress, helped with confidence. An hour seems to go so quick which is a good thing because I am encouraged to talk and I am getting my feelings out" Anon

"Being able to tell you things that have bothered me for many years, the difference it's made is unbelievable. Also being told certain things are not my fault, family and friends always say that but to hear it from Nicola was more helpful than I could ever of imagined. Nicola is so easy to talk to doesn't judge. For the first time in years my head isn't full of negative thoughts. Thank you" TH

"This (counselling) has been my sanctuary" SH

'Nicola was really good at listening and didn't interrupt much, which I found better compared to a lot of other counsellors I've been to who don't just let me rant - which is kind of the whole point of paying money to speak to someone. She also managed to backtrack into my childhood without being condescending or going off topic, which was really good. All of her advice just genuinely felt really relevant. Actually felt like I was getting a personal delivery of service' CS

Nothing unhelpful. Really good lady. :) CS

'I liked how it didn't feel too formal as it made it easier to just talk openly and properly indulge in my own thoughts' CS

'I really feel like you are the only person who has really been able to listen to me. I have told you things I've never been able to open up about. I appreciate these sessions so much' NM

Nicola's counselling is 'stunning' LS

'I feel the most empowered I have ever been in my life' DA

'These sessions have been priceless' AM

'After the session I am calmer, no panic attacks and no flashbacks' MB

'That suggestion of using smells really worked. I used lavender to calm me and less caffeine' MB

'Everyone's noticed I'm calmer' MB

'It's REALLY good I can have more sessions' EF

'These conversations have really helped' EF

'These sessions help me process memories'EF

'These sessions have been so helpful and I have begun to understand why I still felt guilty when logically I knew it was not my fault' NM

Maps & Directions

Guildford, GU2 9LX

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

What time would suit you? We can arrange this with availability.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme