Nicola Johnston MBACP (Accred), online/telephone counsellor
* Telephone and online counselling available at this time
Covid-19 notice: For the safety of my clients I am currently offering remote counselling using telephone or Zoom/FaceTime/Whatsapp video. Please call me to talk this through so that we can work out the best solution for you.
I am a fully qualified and Accredited person-centred counsellor. I will offer you a welcoming and calm space where you can share your thoughts, feelings and difficulties confidentially. I will not judge or criticise you. I will take time to get to know you so that I can understand and empathise with what you are going through. We can work at whatever pace you choose so that you are able to find your own way forward.
I have a private counselling practice working one to one with both adults and young people. I base myself in a small multi therapy clinic in Chalfont St Peter. I also have access to counselling rooms in Maidenhead and Beaconsfield and can meet with you in these locations if this is more convenient. I can offer both short term and longer term work.
I have a great deal of experience in supporting and counselling adults and teenagers. Through my client work I have seen how powerful and effective counselling can be. I am passionate about the work that I do.
Everybody faces difficult, stressful or sad situations at some points in their lives. While reading this you may be experiencing feelings of distress, anger, anxiety, depression, low mood, low self-confidence or confusion. Counselling is one of the ways in which you can take care of yourself through these challenging times. Counselling will give you the chance to process these feelings so that you can choose to accept or change things in order to find happiness in your life.
Talking to someone confidentially outside of your friends and family network can be very helpful. Being 'truly heard' is a powerful gift. In being offered this through counselling you will find very distressing situations more bearable, you will be able to understand yourself and your situation more fully, and you will find ways to change things for the better.
What can you expect your counselling sessions to look like?
Your counselling session will be for 50 minutes. We will sit together and you will be given the space to discuss and explore what is going on for you.
Each individual is unique and therefore each client's therapy is different. It is important to me that I get to know you so that I fully understand what is going on in your life. In doing this I can fully tailor your sessions to meet the needs that you have.
Sometimes you may simply need time and space to talk about your thoughts and feelings away from judgment present in the outside world. Therapy will be enable you to understand yourself and develop your own solutions to problems being faced. Sometimes you may want a more practical, or solution focused approach where we can work together to set goals and work out coping strategies and the means to achieve these goals. We can work together each week using the most appropriate approach and technique for you.
I really look forward to hearing from you. Please call or email, even if you are not sure if counselling is for you, and we can talk things through, free of charge and without obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a person-centred counsellor and Accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This Accreditation status demonstrates that my practice has met the higher BACP standards as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.
My interest in understanding and helping people began with getting my degree in Social Psychology over 20 years ago. Since then I have taken on roles supporting and coaching others.
In addition to my private work I have been counselling and supporting others in the voluntary sector for nine years. I have been fully trained by the Samaritans to work as a Samaritans listener and I currently work as a volunteer counsellor in a Maidenhead agency. Further to this I have worked with young people as a counsellor in secondary schools in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
I undertake many hours of courses and conferences each year to ensure that I am up to date with the latest knowledge and developments in counselling. I have a wealth of experience working with adults and young people using both person centred and solution focused techniques. I have worked with clients struggling with a variety of issues outlined below. I feel that my greatest learning comes from each client that I am very privileged to work with.
- BSc (Hons) Social Psychology
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate of Proficiency BACP
- Accredited member of BACP
- Enhanced DBS Certificate
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 for each 50 minute daytime session.
£65 for each 50 minute evening (from 5pm) or weekend session.
I am available to see clients in Beaconsfield and Chalfont St Peter. Some limited availability in Maidenhead.