Nicola Stephenson (BA Hons, PG Dip, MSc)
Life can be really tough and, sometimes, it's important to find someone to talk to - someone who you can trust and who will listen. As a psychotherapist I am trained to do this. With warmth and kindness I will listen to whatever it is you want to say. And if you find it hard, I will gently guide you, so that you can find your voice and, at your own pace and in your own words, begin to tell your story. Whether you wish to address a specific painful issue, such as family conflict, or talk about more general feelings of anxiety, the simple act of sharing your struggles can be tremendously healing and often brings immediate relief. Or you might be lacking energy and motivation and need help regaining your zest for, and direction, in life. You may have lost your enthusiasm for your relationship or your job and wish to explore new avenues. Or you may simply wish to embark upon a fascinating, exploratory journey of self-discovery. Whichever it is, greater self awareness gained from within the safety and confidentiality of the therapeutic relationship can lead to a vast improvement in your overall sense of well-being. As you gradually begin to connect with your true feelings and learn how to listen to painful emotions, rather than run away from them, you will feel empowered and able to make healthier decisions and choices for yourself. This is likely to leave you feeling stronger, calmer and more confident
The hardest hurdle to overcome is recognising that you need help. This is important because the sooner you address the problem, the sooner you will find relief from your struggles. The next step is to find a good therapist. The most effective therapeutic relationships are those that help you feel safe and secure. The best way to find out if I am the right therapist for you is to come and have a chat. I charge £25 for a 50-minute introductory consultation. If you'd like to know more about the way I work please take a look at my website: www.nicolastephenson.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
As a European Business graduate (1990: BA Hons) I enjoyed a long career in the travel industry where I gained many years experience managing, coaching and training individuals in the work place. This proved to be an excellent foundation for my second career in counselling and psychotherapy which I first embarked upon in 2010. Now qualified as a Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (2016: PG Dip) and a Master of Science in Psychotherapy (2018: MSc), I have spent the last few years working as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice. Along the way I have worked for a variety of local charities and counselling agencies including Breakeven, based in Brighton, where for several years I assisted clients struggling with gambling addiction. As part of my continual professional development I regularly attend professional training courses and workshops covering a broad range of topics. As a registered member of both the BACP and the UKCP I adhere to a formal, professional framework of legal and ethical best practice.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 per session (50 minutes) for individuals and £70 for couples