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About me

Hello, my name is Nicola and I am outdoor counsellor, offering sessions in person in a local natural space, adhearing to all social distancing regulations. You can find out more information via my website under Outdoor Therapy.   I am also working with clients via Zoom video conferencing or by telephone.  I am based in Farnborough, Hampshire and work with clients in a local woodland.

If you are interested in arranging a time for us to speak to discuss options, please call or email me and I will send you an information pack by email or post with all the details you need for us to start working together either remotely or outdoors. 

You may not have had counselling before and so I hope this will give you an idea of what is involved.  Counselling is an opportunity to discuss and work through difficult and painful issues that are troubling you.  Counselling is not about judging you, telling you what you should do or giving out advice.

My role is to provide a quiet, private and supportive space where we can explore what is affecting you.

Counselling can help you gain a better understanding of difficulties you may be experiencing.  Sometimes these can be triggered by situations you find yourself in or perhaps unconsciously you are setting up defence mechanisms that work against you.

I believe that the core of counselling is building a therapeutic relationship together.  This relationship is built on honesty, trust and genuineness.  Be assured that whatever you choose to talk about, I will never treat you differently or judge you.

Having counselling may not always be an easy experience but it can be immensely rewarding and beneficial.


For more information, please click on the link to my website or you can contact me through the Counselling Directory.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a counsellor working outdoors in a natural setting or online via Zoom.  Taking therapy outdoors can be a richly rewarding experience so please contact me for more information or take a look at my website for more details.

Experience

I work with both young people and adults on a one-to-one basis. As well as my private practice, I also work as a college counsellor at a local sixth form college where I counsel students aged between 16 and 19 years of age. I also spent three years working at a large company in Farnborough within the Occupational Health Department counselling employees.


Qualifications

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision

CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4

CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3

CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2

I completed all four years of my counselling training at Farnborough College of Technology

Additional training and workshops

Taking Therapy Outdoors

Introduction to Walking Therapy

Introduction to Nature Based Practice

Love and Fear in Supervision

Attachment and Assessment

Transactional Analysis and Game Theory

When Things are Never the Same Again

Introduction to Transactional Analysis

The Essential Tool Kit for Running Groups

Working with Angry/Depressed Teenagers

Working in the Here and Now

A Therapeutic Approach to Suicide

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Outdoor Therapy - working outside in nature

Fees

£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Counselling is such a personal experience I believe it is important to find the right counsellor for you.  With that in mind, initially I offer a 50 minute assessment appointment where we can meet to talk about what you hope to gain from counselling and how we might work together to achieve this.

For counselling, including the assessment, my fees are £55.00 for each 50 minute session.

For supervision my fees are £55.00 per hour and £70.00 for 90 minutes - please contact me for more information.

When I work

I work in my counselling practice each week from Mondays to Thursdays.

Further information

Please contact me for more information about taking counselling outdoors or have a look at my website.

Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Although the room I work from is on the ground floor, there is one step to enter the front door. There is also no bathroom downstairs.

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I offer supervision either in person in a local woodland setting, via Zoom video conferencing or by telephone.

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