Nicola Parkinson MBACP
Hello, my name is Nicola and I am a counsellor based in Farnborough, Hampshire.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Following Government guidelines due to the current situation with the coronavirus, I am now offering counselling via Zoom video conferencing or by telephone. If you are interested in arranging a time for us to speak, 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 remotely.
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 member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical policy.
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.
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
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
Introduction to CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy)
Family Constellations workshop
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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 appointment for the reduced fee of £25.00 where we can meet to talk about what you hope to gain from counselling and how we might work together to achieve this.
For subsequent appointments my fees are £45.00 for each 50 minute session.
For supervision my fees are £45.00 per hour and £60.00 for 90 minutes - please contact me for more information.