Nicola Parkes, MSc (Psych), CTA, LLB, UKCP
I am still offering sessions remotely – via video call – and work from a space independent from my home where I can offer full confidentiality. However, I appreciate that it will become increasingly difficult for some to have the private space to be able to talk confidentially.
I thought it might be useful to think about how it is still is very much possible to look after our mental health, which is perhaps more necessary now than ever. I’d like to stress that physically safety is paramount, both for ourselves and others, and that this must be a priority when we consider the following –
A course I attended last year, offered by Dr. Christian Ehrlich of Oxford Brookes University, provided research showing that our happiness can be increased with PLEASURE and ALTRUISM. We might not be able to have fun in the ways we used to, but it will be important over the coming weeks and months to be creative in finding ways to enjoy ourselves. The extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves living in do mean that we are restricted in what we can do, and with whom, but they also afford a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look after our family, friends, neighbours and community in ways that we may have fallen out of the habit of because of the demands of modern life. Helping others (while staying safe) will give a valuable boost to your mental wellbeing.
Another course I attended was offered online by Professor Laurie Santos of Yale University and some of the key research findings offer some hope amidst our current challenges – expensive material goods don’t make us happy! But what truly make us happy is very much available to those of us still well enough to enjoy them –
· Signature Strengths - using your strengths and values in new ways
· Savouring - taking time to savour even the smallest of things
· Gratitude - (List and/or Letter) - expressing gratitude for the people and things in your life
· Kindness - increasing your acts of kindness
· Social Connection - making connections with strangers and acquaintances along with scheduling time for the people in your life (remotely)
· Exercise - increasing your physical activity to at least 30 minutes a few times a week
· Sleep - making sure you sleep at least 7 hours a night several times a week
· Meditation - meditating for 5-10 minutes if you are a beginner or increasing this if you already meditate regularly
You’ll find lots of resources about staying mentally well online, such as - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Stay safe and look after yourself and others.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have previously worked as a therapist at a private clinic for disordered eating in central London, spent a year on placement with NHS Complex Needs, working in a Therapeutic Community for members diagnosed with personality disorder(s) and have been an associate trainer for the mental health charity, Mind.
Alongside my private practice, I am a Counsellor and Solution Focused Therapist for students at Oxford Brookes University.
MSc TA Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute. and Middlesex University.
Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) , Metanoia Institute.
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Metanoia Institute, London.
Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Regents College, London.
LLB (Hons): Law with French, University of Bristol.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am available on weekdays, including early morning sessions.
I worked for an international company in London for over 20 years and have experience in coaching, motivation and performance management. My outlook is one of positive psychology, whereby strengths are honoured and positive attributes are harnessed for the good of personal development, growth and learning. Feel free to get in touch to discuss how we might usefully work together to realise your potential either at work and/or in your personal life.