Nikki Thomson. DipCounselling. M.A Clinical Counselling, MBACP
Hello. I am a person centred counsellor and a partner in Time to Talk Chester, a private practice located in the centre of Chester.
I understand how daunting it can be to look for a counsellor. It is possible that you are feeling anxious or depressed or struggling to manage your emotions at the moment. I am pleased that you are reading my profile, my hope is that the therapeutic relationship we will build together will empower you and help you to find resources within yourself to overcome, or at least manage, feelings that may feel totally overwhelming at times.
Finding a counsellor is a very personal decision and it is important to find someone you feel you can work with. I believe that every individual has their story and finding someone to listen without bias or judgement and help unravel that story to gain more understanding and clarity can be a hugely empowering experience.
I have an MA in Person Centred Counselling and am a fully qualified member of the BACP. I also have a Place2Be Level 4 qualification to Work with Children in Schools. Person Centred Counselling is non-directive, there are no judgements made and it is confidential. We will work at your pace, giving you the time and support to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and accepting environment.
I have worked in a GP's practice for two years with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, eating disorders and bereavement to workplace stress. I currently work in private practice and for the NHS.
I offer an initial assessment to ensure you feel comfortable with your decision to work with me. We will get an idea of what you are hoping to gain from the counselling and how we will then work together. Sessions are usually weekly, and either for an agreed length or open-ended, we will tailor this to best meet your needs.
I work from a discreet private practice in the centre of Chester and have a second practice in a shepherd's hut outside the village of Malpas, Cheshire.
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation in Counselling - University of Chester,
MA in Clinical Counselling - University of Chester.
Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children in Schools - Place2Be
I am a fully qualified person centred counsellor and a member of the BACP.
My work is firmly rooted in Attachment Theory and as a person centred counsellor I work with whatever the client brings in a non-directive, non-judgmental manner.
I regularly attend further training events to increase the breadth of my knowledge. Sessions are 50 minutes long and I work with individuals for an agreed time period or on an open ended basis depending on each client's requirements.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am available Monday - Thursday from 9am to 8pm