About me

*Please note that I am now offering sessions online or by telephone during this time*

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: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09515070.2017.1319800

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

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.


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

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.

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.

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£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

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 £65.

Usual sessions are £60 per 50 minute session.

90 minute sessions are available at £90


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Weekday appointments -10 am - 6 30pm

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.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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


Nicola Sharp

Nicola Sharp