Nicola Sessions Psychotherapist/Infertility Counsellor BA (Hons)(MBACP)(MBICA)
I began my training to become a counsellor in 2009 when I completed my Certificate in Counselling skills with Castle College in Nottingham. I was working within the NHS at the time in an administrative role but knew that counselling was the career for me.
I had been for counselling myself in the past and found it extremely useful. I was nervous at first, as all people are, but it had a massive affect on me and it felt great that I would be able to help others in a similar way.
After taking a year out from studying I enrolled at 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.
During my degree 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, students and couples.
I have a particular interest in counselling people who are living with chronic illness, depression and anxiety, relationship counselling, DV, bullying or work relationship breakdowns and those going through infertility treatment.
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.
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 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'. 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. I also believe that counselling sessions should be as flexible as possible.
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.
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.
I currently have daytime and evening appointments available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I work from my home in Rainworth, Mansfield. My counselling room is on the first floor. There are toilet facilities available.
The most important aspect of successful counselling is the relationship between counsellor and client. Therefore, all initial appointments come at a reduced rate and there is no obligation to continue with counselling if you do not feel it is right for you.
For appointments or enquiries please email me at email@example.com or via telephone on 07493 542961
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual Counselling £30.00 per appointment
(First appointment £20)
Couples Counselling £40.00 per appointment
(First appointment £25.00)
Student counselling £25.00 per appointment
(First appointment £15)
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.