Nicole Barton, MBACP, MBPsS. Integrative Counsellor, CBT Therapist, Supervisor
I am a professionally trained counsellor and CBT therapist. I help clients understand and overcome various issues such as anxiety and related disorders, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, addictions, and abuse. It can be difficult taking the first step towards help, however, by finding this website you've already taken that step. The next step is making an appointment, and then attending your first session. And that's what therapy is, a series of taking steps towards finding solutions, gaining greater awareness, or learning how to be happier and more self accepting. The relationship between a client and therapist is fundamental to a successful outcome, so finding someone you feel comfortable with is important. Trust your instincts about this. The initial session provides an opportunity to decide if we will make a good team.
The counselling I offer is integrative therapy which means I draw on different approaches including person-centred, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to suit an individual's needs. Because we are all unique, what works well for one person may not suit another. It may help to explore how certain patterns of thinking impact negatively on emotions and behaviour and keep us 'stuck'. Or perhaps early experiences need to be explored to understand current difficulties. Other times relaxation or creative techniques can provide insights. Together we can find out what is most suitable for you.
How long therapy lasts depends on what you bring to work on. You may choose short term therapy lasting 6-18 sessions to explore a particular issue in detail, or take longer to heal early wounds and effects of the past. We can decide this at the first session or as the therapy develops. However we choose to proceed, I will provide a safe, warm, and empathic environment to facilitate personal growth and change.
I am also a trained supervisor providing support to counsellors and therapists. If you would like to arrange an online supervision session, please contact me to discuss. All rates are currently discounted.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the BACP, the professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists. This means the training I have undertaken meets BACP standards for accredited counsellor training. I also hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) which is a standard set by the British Psychological Society. This demonstrates that my training meets the sufficient breadth and depth to provide a sound basis for postgraduate training and professional practice.
- Certificate in Transpersonal Couples Counselling (2020), Psychosynthesis Trust
- Certificate in Counselling Supervision (2017), OCN
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (2014), The Open University
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (2013), The Open University
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2012), CPCAB
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2010), CPCAB
My counselling training is validated by the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and accredited by the BACP. From time to time I undertake continuing professional development courses to enrich my skills and practice.
I have worked in different settings across London and now operate a private practice in London Bridge. I also provide mental health assessments, counselling and CBT to clients through workplace-organised providers of psychological services (Employee Assistance Programmes).
I also have a qualification in counselling supervision which allows me to provide support to trainee and experienced counsellors.
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
- Issues of identity, purpose, meaning and potential
- Healing early wounds
- Finding the 'true self' within and living authentically
- Loss and bereavement
Online session fees start from £40 upwards, depending on your income and circumstances. Sessions are currently conducted via Zoom, Skype or Whatsapp. Fees must be paid online prior to session.