MBACP, MSc Psychological Counselling, MSc Psychology, MBPS
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Hello - I'm Nicole, welcome to my profile. I understand that finding the right person to help you now - when you may be feeling at your worst - might be a tall order. Hopefully I can make that task simpler by explaining as clearly as I can who I am and how I work.
I believe - in the words of renowned therapist Irvin Yalom - that "it's the relationship that heals."
A trusting relationship with a warm, non-judgemental, insightful therapist can help you to:
- gain greater clarity on your needs and how to get them met
- understand yourself more fully and compassionately
- gain a greater understanding of what relationships and past experiences mean to you now
- understand the impact formative experiences have on you and your present life
- move forward, post therapy, having developed new ways of being in the wider world with others
I am an experienced psychotherapist who has worked in both private settings and the NHS. I don't adhere to one particular method or technique of delivering therapy. I offer therapy that is jointly created that aims to help you get closer to your unique potential and desired life outcomes.
I have Master of Science degrees (MSc) both in Psychology and also in Psychological Counselling. My training has helped me to integrate the techniques of counselling and psychotherapy with cutting edge science about how the brain develops and functions.
I also have a Master of Arts (MA) in Cultural Studies and a post-graduate diploma (PG-Dip) in Psychodynamic Counselling.
I am registered by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide at all times by the BACP Ethical Framework. I am also a BUPA registered practitioner.
Currently, I am offering online sessions only. For more details about online therapy click the "visit website" button at the top of this page.
My fees are £50-£60 for a 50 minute session (£75 for couples). I also have a limited number of spaces for lower, concessionary rates.
I believe that, as social animals, human beings have brains that are socially programmed by our elders and our community. Caring early relationships and experiences lead to healthy brain development alongside well-regulated emotional responses to life's inevitable stresses. If early relationships are stressful, it can be difficult for the brain to develop in a healthy way.
The good news is that the brain can adapt throughout life and new ways of thinking and being can be introduced to help someone feel happier and more in control of themselves and their environment. Therapy can be like the interaction a baby might have with a parent who is warm, caring and empathic.
I aim to offer you a genuine, non-judgemental, compassionate relationship with another human being who has your best interests at heart and wants to help you flourish.
My approach is integrative and person-centred. I often incorporate aspects of several therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, existential, Jungian, ACT, CBT and CFT:
- In a psychodynamic approach, we consider what happens between us in the therapeutic space and how certain feelings surface but you don't know why.
- An existential approach can help you gain a greater sense of self-acceptance and belonging in the world if you are often at odds with yourself.
- A Jungian approach explores how we are really feeling about the world - deep in the unconscious - manifests in our dreams.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy uses problem-solving to help us move forward and feel better by escaping painful and unhelpful patterns of thought.
- Compassion Focused Therapy, uses compassionate mind training to help develop experiences of inner warmth, safety and self-soothing that you can take out of the therapy room and use effectively in the wider world.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold the following professional qualifications:
- Masters (MSc) in Psychological Counselling (Regent's University, London)
- Masters (MSc) in Psychology (Regent's University, London)
- Masters (MA) Cultural Studies (University of Brighton)
- Post-graduate Diploma (PG-Dip) in Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Sussex)
My professional training began as a Mental Health Nurse. I worked for a number of years in acute NHS psychiatric settings. Additionally, I worked for a number of years as an addiction treatment therapist for the Priory Group facilitating group and individual therapy sessions, lectures and seminars.
My work in the NHS has included work in neuropsychiatry settings, clinical health psychology and working compassionately with those who hear voices (Voices Clinic). I have also held a full time post for the NHS Veterans' Treatment, Liaison and Intervention Service (TILS) working with ex-military personnel dealing with experiences of post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and complex PTSD following adverse childhood experiences.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
£60 per hour for face to face or online consultation. £75 for couples.
When I work
Currently, I only work with clients online.