Nicola Sessions Psychotherapist/Infertility Counsellor BA (Hons)(MBACP)(MBICA)
What got you into Counselling?
I was going through a real tough time and struggling to balance my emotions and overthinking with my day to day life. When I first met my counsellor I was really nervous, I think I cried through my first session, but my counsellor was great. She really helped me see why I was feeling and behaving the way I was and that enabled me to bring things get under control.
I began to wonder if Counselling was a career that I could do that would benefit others too. I signed on for a 10 week introduction to counselling course and was hooked from the start.
Where did you train?
I began my training to become a counsellor in 2009 when I completed my Certificate in Counselling skills with Castle College in Nottingham.
I then enrolled with The University of Nottingham in 2011 on the BA(Hons) in Humanistic Counselling Course. I did my degree part-time over four years and graduated in 2015.
As well as my degree course I did 200 hours work placement with a company called 'Counselling Xtra' who are based in Nottingham. They are a charity that offers affordable counselling for people who may struggle to access counselling due to finance constraints. During my time there I counselled individuals, couples, students, young people and children and it was a great way of experiencing every aspect of counselling.
Since graduating I have been running my own private practice in Nottingham and have recently relocated to Rainworth in Mansfield. I currently see individuals over the age of 18, counselling students and couples. Since Covid restrictions came in I have been offering telephone and video link counselling sessions. It took a while to get used to working like this. I was a little worried at first but I have found it to be a really positive exercise. Plus it is so much easier for my clients to be able to access services remotely from their own homes or offices. Cuts down on all that travelling and can prove to be more convenient time wise.
Do you have any special interests?
I have a particular interest in counselling people who are living with chronic illness, depression and anxiety, relationship counselling, domestic violence, bullying or work relationship breakdowns and those going through infertility treatment. However, I cover many areas. Please see these listed below.
Do you just work for yourself?
No, as well as my private practice is also work as a fertility counsellor with CARE Nottingham. My role is to support couples and individuals through the rollercoaster ride that is infertility treatment. It is a role that I really enjoy and its great to be able to help and support people at a time when life can be so challenging.
How much do you charge?
I fully believe that counselling should be accessible to all. Free counselling services are under a lot of strain at the moment. The number of appointments are limited to 6 or just a online course and waiting lists are long. Funding to counselling charities is hard to come by and centres are closing daily due to this.
For those who can afford to pay for their own counselling I still think that services should be as financially accessible as possible and that is reflected in my 'Fee Structure'
My rate is £35 per session.
I charge lower than the going rate because its important to me that people can get help when they need it. I know that I certainly would not be able to afford £50-60 per session.
However, don't be put off if you think that this is way out of your limit. Discounts can sometimes be arranged due to circumstances. Send me an email.
How many sessions will I need?
I would normally suggest that we start with 6 sessions and see where we go from there. However, these do not have to be weekly and many clients decided to come fortnightly. Counselling needs to fit into your life.
Are you a member of any professional bodies?
I am a member of both the BACP and BICA and adhere to their ethical frameworks. I take part in regular continuing professional development and have monthly supervision so that I am working at my best capability.
What do you think I should look for in a counsellor?
The most important aspect of successful counselling is the relationship between counsellor and client. I would suggest that you look through the directory and see if anyone seems to fit with your needs and give it a go. If you are not progressing for feel like the counsellor/client 'fit' is not right you can always try someone else. Plus remember that all counsellors will have their own different styles and theoretical approach.
How do I contact you?
For appointments or enquiries please email me at email@example.com or via telephone on 07493 542961 and leave a message and I'll get back to you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BA(Hons) in Humanistic Counselling from The University of Nottingham.
I am a member of the BACP and BICA (infertility counselling) which are professional bodies that regulate counselling services in the UK.
I have over 900 hours counselling experience over 5 years working within placement, my own private practice and working as a infertility counsellor with CARE fertility group.
I have full indemnity insurance and I am DBS checked.
I conform to all data protection standards.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer infertility counselling at the same cost as my other work. It is £35.00 a session and can prove more affordable then that offered by some infertility clinics. First check with your own clinic about what is available to you through them. some clinics provide at least a few free counselling sessions and all should provide implications counselling as part of their package.
Individual Counselling £35.00 per appointment
Couples Counselling £35.00 per appointment
Student counselling £25.00 per appointment
Concessions offered for
NB: Prices may be negotiable in the case of those on a low income or in receipt of disability benefits. This can be discussed at the first session. Please do not be afraid to ask if a negotiable fee can be arranged.