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.
I offer face to face therapy sessions in both South East London (Monday & Tuesday) and Exeter, Devon. I also offer Zoom sessions to fit around your working week or if you cannot do face to face. For more details about face to face or online therapy click the "visit website" button at the top of this page.
I operate a sliding scale of fees starting from £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 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
From £50.00 to £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
£50 - £60 per hour for face to face or online consultation. £75 for couples.
I work in London on a Monday and Tuesday and Exeter on Thursday and Friday. Zoom sessions can be conducted from either location at flexible times to suit you.