Nicola Sprenger

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Hornchurch, Greater London, RM12 6JU
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

As a Humanistic therapist, I aim to help you to find a better way to understand the problems, patterns and behaviours that have brought you to counselling and work alongside you as you make sense of what’s going on for you and move towards the changes you want to make in your life. My main role is to listen- offering empathy and acceptance as we work together- and hope to build a secure, honest relationship with you where you feel safe enough to be open and authentic with me.

I have an interest in using a collaboration of approaches to therapy to ensure my practice is unique to the individual. I enjoy keeping up-to-date with a wide range of existing and fresh ideas in the therapeutic world and my continued professional development enhance this further.

You are at the centre of this process and I aim to offer you a safe and confidential space: one where you feel comfortable to open up to me about what is going on for you. It is not my role to tell you what to do or offer advice, but to support you while you find your own answers , make sense of what is going on for you and help you take the necessary steps in order make the changes required to live the life you want to live. 

What I can offer:

I specialise in working with adults as well as children and young people who are experiencing a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, stress, abuse, issues around sexuality, attachment, disordered eating, trauma, relationship problems, family issues and low self-esteem. If in doubt, just ask me. 

I also offer couples counselling. This form of psychotherapy aims to help you and your partner improve your relationship. Couples therapy can cover a wide range of issues; whether it be a rough patch, difficulties in communication, feelings of disconnection, reoccurring conflicts or infidelities. The aim is increase understanding, respect, affection and overall relationship satisfaction. Every couple is unique, therefore every therapeutic experience will be tailored to the couple.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP registered counsellor with a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I am trained in the Humanistic model but am flexible in my approach to work conductively with each client and their individual needs. We are all, after all, unique, and my relationship with you needs to reflect that. I have an interest in a range of collaborative approaches to therapy including CBT, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. 

I have regular CPD (continued professional development) to maintain and enhance my skills and knowledge. Some examples of my more recent training include: Mothers Who Wound, Attachment Theory in relationships, Attachment Theory in Childhood, How Adverse Circumstances Can Complicate Grief, Clients Who Self-Harm, Working with the Inner Child, Working with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating and Attachment, Supporting Women in the Postpartum Period, Working Creatively with Blocked Anger, Working Creatively with Dreams, Attachment Behaviour in the Counselling Room, Working with Gestalt in the Counselling Room, Using TA Creatively in the Counselling Room.

Member organisations

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I am currently offering face-to-face, telephone or online counselling appointments. Each session lasts 50 minutes. 

I also offer a 20% discount for online sessions if a block of six sessions are booked following our initial session. Please contact me for more information.

When I work

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Face-to-face sessions take place at Light and Shade Counselling session in Hornchurch. 
Online sessions are via Zoom or WhatsApp video. 

Further information

All Face-to-face appointments take place at Light and Shade Counselling Centre in Hornchurch. 

Light and Shade Counselling, 81 Station Lane, Hornchurch, Greater London, RM12 6JU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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