Nicola Sharp MBACP (Accred), MA, PG Dip, Bsc (Hons)

Nicola Sharp MBACP (Accred), MA, PG Dip, Bsc (Hons)

About me

*Please note that all sessions are currently being conducted online via video or phone call due to recent government guidelines*

The decision to begin counselling can be a difficult one. For some of you, searching this website may be a big step and for others you may have had counselling previously and know the importance of finding the right counsellor. I am here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. From my own personal experience of counselling, I understand how valuable counselling/psychotherapy can be.

If you are looking for friendly professional support to help you through difficult times, I am here to help. I offer counselling from my practices in Hockley, Essex. I can help you with depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, relationship issues, self-esteem, bereavement, PTSD, trauma, OCD, loss, health anxiety, infertility amongst others. It may be that you're not really sure what the problem is, but you know that you are not feeling fulfilled.

I would like to acknowledge the situation that we are currently in, with life for many of us drastically changed due to the coronavirus. You may be feeling a range of emotions at the moment- isolated, scared, lonely, restricted, frustrated, fascinated, anxious, relieved, stressed, loss and sadness. Life may have changed very suddenly for you and you may be struggling to cope with the changes. Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to have a confidential, warm, non-judgmental space to talk through these difficulties and help to guide you through how best to navigate these unprecedented times. I am currently offering support through video or phone call at this time.

Many people find talking to someone that is disconnected from other parts of their life useful, as we talk about things with a different perspective and gain insights that we would not otherwise have gained from taking to a friend. I am an integratively trained therapist, which means that I select the most useful parts of a range of approaches that best suit your needs. Counselling can provide you with a safe, confidential space to explore your issues to provide insight, support and change.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy with distinction.
  • Postgraduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited course)
  • Accredited AAMET EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) therapist
  • Bsc Psychology (Hons)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (ABC)
  • I am an accredited member of BACP and adhere to BACP’s code of ethics and practice
  • Published paper on integrated counselling and coaching with young people. You can read here:

I have worked with people experiencing a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, bereavement, phobias, eating disorders, self harm, amongst others.

I am also an accredited EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) therapist which I integrate into my work as a counsellor. Please see my website for more information.

I have also worked as a volunteer counsellor for Mind and have previously worked as a counsellor for young people in a secondary school.

I hold an enhanced DBS check and am fully insured.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am also an accredited EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) therapist which I integrate into my work as a counsellor. Please see my website for more information.

Photos & videos

  • Counselling room


I offer an optional free 20 minute phone consultation.

The initial session for all clients is a consultation session where we explore in more detail what brings you to therapy, what you would like to gain from therapy and how we might work together. It's a chance to see if you feel comfortable talking to me and for me to check that I am a suitable professional to be supporting you at this time. After the session there is no obligation to continue if you do not want to. The session is 60 minutes long and £55.

Usual sessions are £50 per 50 minute session.

Further information

My  practice in Hockley is based in a warm, relaxing summer house and is within easy reach of Hockley, Rayleigh, Wickford, Hadleigh, Eastwood, Hullbridge, Benfleet, Rochford and Ashingdon. I am a 10-15 minute walk from Hockley station and also accessible from the number 7 bus route. There is parking available outside my practice.

Maps & Directions

Hockley, SS5

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

I offer online therapy for those who can not physically access the sessions.


Weekday appointments -10 am - 7 30pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme