Nicola Philpotts - MBACP Registered Counsellor
Hello. I'm Nicola. I offer a calm, safe and empathic space so that you can talk through your troubles. Are you wanting to make a change, to be heard, to heal, to be understood, to begin a new understanding of yourself or maybe all of the above? I work with people just like you. The sessions can be face to face in Basingstoke, on Zoom or the telephone; whatever is best for you.
I work with adult clients at their own pace. I feel passionate that it is central to the work that we build a good relationship together. I believe that finding a new perspective in a supportive space will be empowering for you. By discovering more self-awareness, you can make the right choices for you and as a result of working together, you can change the ways in which you think, feel and act and also understand the ways others react to you.
Seeking counselling can be one of the most helpful steps we ever take in life.
I regard it as a privilege to be a counsellor and to be trusted to hear your story.
Below is a list of just some of the areas I can help with -
Feeling unable to cope
Rape & Sexual Assault
Generally feeling unhappy
What to expect in your first session
You will have already had an opportunity to have had a free chat on the telephone and this may have helped you decide to have a first session with me. I will take some details about you and explain the way that we could work together. We will explore what brought you to counselling and what you hope to achieve from our sessions together. I firmly believe that the relationship between us is so important, as you need to be able to feel comfortable with me to be able to open up and explore your inner feelings. It may take a while for us to create a relationship together however if you feel that I am not the right therapist for you, I will be more than happy to provide you details of some therapists that I know and would recommend.
If we agree to work together, further sessions are 50 minutes in duration and are always at the same time and on the same day each week as agreed. Fortnightly sessions can be requested.
I offer short-term therapy or open-ended therapy; whatever you feel is right for you. If you are not sure, we can just see how it goes. I will regularly have reviews with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I also work for two local agencies, focusing on addiction and sexual trauma.
Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis Levels 4 & 5 - With Distinction (BACP accredited)
- EATA Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101
- Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling - Level 3
- In-House bereavement training at a hospice
- Addiction training
- Trauma training
I am committed to continual learning and attend additional training every month in a variety of topics. This is to enhance my skills and to ensure that I am kept up to date at all times. Examples below are courses that I have attended in the last year.
- Advanced CBT Diploma
- Working with Boarding School Survivors
- Depressive Self
- Working with Trauma
- Dealing with Distress
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Treating Shame
- Stuckness - Working with Impasses
- Anxiety and the single session
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
If I believe that I am unable to help you, then I will always try to signpost you to someone that can. I am client focused and care that you always come first.
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
- £45 per session
- Free initial 15 minute telephone enquiry
- Concessionary rate available upon request and availability
Limited weekend appointments also available upon on request.
- Fully insured
- Registered with the ICO
- Enhanced DBS check
- Flexible hours
- Appointments either face to face in a tranquil setting in Basingstoke or Zoom/Phone