Nikki Offord, FdSc, Reg. MBACP
Psychotherapy and Counselling Exeter
3 Barnfield Crescent
07789 560568 / 07789 560568
Hello and welcome - I am Nikki...
I don’t want to use too much jargon here to describe myself because I believe what I offer is simple: I am a fully qualified counsellor with NHS experience and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a real and down to earth professional with life experience, who works honestly, safely and compassionately with my clients. I will accept you and I won't judge you. I will hear you and I will notice what you have to say. I am gentle but I do offer challenge if I think it is useful for you therapeutically. I take ethics and your emotionally safety very seriously.
How Counselling can help you
Maybe life has changed or perhaps you want it to change? Maybe you have experienced loss, bereavement, relationship breakdown, abuse or life changing circumstances and are struggling to cope? Maybe you are feeling in low mood/depressed or anxious? Whatever is troubling you, just having the chance to talk to someone who is specially trained to hear what you need to say, who isn’t involved in your life and who can support you in that process in a calm and confidential setting can be very healing and freeing in itself. I believe I can help you do that.
Free 15 minute phone consultation
When you first make contact with me, we will arrange a mutually convenient time for a free 15 minute phone consultation which will give us a chance to explore what brings you to counselling and what you are hoping to get from it. From there, if I feel I am the right person to help you and you are happy to go ahead, we will make the first face to face appointment.
What to expect at the first appointment
At our first session we will take some time to make a short contract together, just to make sure the administrative details are all covered. I will also collect some basic details from you such as date of birth, GP details, medication and I will also ask about any significant life events, experience of previous counselling, family background etc. After that we will spend time exploring what brings you to counselling and what you hope to get from it.
I trained as a Counsellor because I genuinely care about the well-being of people and I want to understand your world and how it feels to be you, so that together we can start to explore what might be troubling you, slowly and gently and at your pace.
My counselling philosophy and how I will work with you
I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor, working with Person-Centred, Existential and Gestalt theories and philosophies. I seek to understand my client’s world, from their perspective. I am not the expert in your life - you are because you have lived it and are living it everyday but I am trained to listen carefully and to reflect, in order to help you perhaps untangle and make sense of your feelings.
I believe that as human beings, we have the wonderful ability to grow and change but sometimes we can feel stuck. I believe that our real selves can get a bit lost as we go through life and, in uncovering how we really feel and what our values and beliefs are, we can move forward with choices and perhaps changes that are right for us, to live in a more fulfilled, authentic way. I work in the “here and now” - that means how you feel as we work together in the room. I am also very interested in how the past affects relationships and ways of being today – what I think of as “relational memories”.
As we get to know one another, in a safe, trusting and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship, we will also begin to notice patterns and ways in which you relate to yourself and others, to help you gain insight and awareness.
Client issues I work with
Please see the bottom of this page to find out the types of client issues I work with.
Clients I offer counselling to:
- Adults of all ages from 18 years upwards
- Adolescents 16-18 years
- Counselling students.
- Long and short term, face to face counselling.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
Please access my website for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
- FdSc (Foundation Degree) Humanistic Counselling - University of Greenwich (BACP Accredited course)
- Certified Freedom Programme Facilitator
Alongside my private practice, I work for an agency specialising in bereavement, loss and life transition. I also have very recent experience of working for the NHS as a Talking Therapies Counsellor (Step 3 High Intensity) where I specialised in working with Depression.
In the past I have worked as a Counsellor with adults in a local general counselling service, covering all types of presenting issues and also with adolescents aged 16-19 at a local college.
Prior to training as a Counsellor, I gained a wealth of experience in the domestic abuse field as a Support Worker, working for both a charity and a statutory agency. I am also a certified Freedom Programme Facilitator, trained to deliver the Freedom Programme individually and in groups. (The Freedom Programme is a psycho-educative programme for victims and survivors of domestic abuse).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
- Choices/decision making
- Counselling students
- Family problems
- Life changing circumstances
- Long term illness
- Men's issues
- Post natal depression/baby blues
- Rape - male and female
- Still birth
- Women's issues
- Work problems
- I offer a free, no obligation 15 minute phone consultation so that you can find out more about how I work and if I might be the right therapist for you. Please contact me by phone, text or email to arrange this.
- My fees are £45 per 50 minutes session, payable by cash or bank transfer, except on the first session where payment should be in cash.
- I ask for a least 24 hours’ notice of cancellation of an appointment, otherwise I reserve the right to charge for the session.
- I offer limited number of concessionary spaces depending on individual circumstances.
I am fully insured and work according to the BACP Ethical Framework.
- As BACP registered and trained Counsellor, I take part in monthly Supervision and regular continuous professional development to ensure safe, ethical, informed practice.
- I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate.
- I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office to store my client’s relevant personal information confidentially, safely and ethically.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work in Exeter on a Friday morning with appointments between 8 am and 1pm. I work in Lyme Regis Monday - Thursday daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client