About me

I see counselling and therapy as a joint venture - something we embark on together to work towards your destination. Part of the journey may well include working out just what that destination is, and I can be your companion in working out ways to get there and importantly, in overcoming the obstacles which you might meet along the way.

So what's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy? As a solution-focused counsellor, I can work with you to help you achieve your desired outcomes. This can be quite practical and pragmatic. As a psychotherapist, I can be alongside you as you explore the reasons behind stuckness and difficulties, repeating patterns and cycles, and can help you make new decisions and see from a new perspective. And, of course, we can blend the two approaches depending on what arises and what you want to achieve.

I am a firm believer in the power of compassion (and yes, that's compassion for you, not just for others!) and find it helpful to think of ourselves as having several parts. Those parts often don't agree (which is why we can so easily have conflicting thoughts and feelings) but I believe they are all well-meaning in their own way. The work of therapy can be to make sure that the most helpful part for the present moment is the one that is most listened to. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have previously worked as a therapist at a low-cost counselling service in West London, a private clinic for disordered eating in central London, and spent a year on placement with NHS Complex Needs, working in a Therapeutic Community for members diagnosed with personality disorder(s) 

I have worked as associate trainer for the mental health charity, Mind, and alongside my private practice, I am a Counsellor and Solution-Focused Therapist for students at Oxford Brookes University.

Qualifications.

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer 50-minute sessions.


Availability

I am available on weekdays, including early morning sessions.

Further information

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.

Ascott-under-Wychwood
Chipping Norton
OXON
OX7

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Additional languages

French

Nicola Parkes

Nicola Parkes