Tanya Nielson Counsellor/Psychotherapist (Snr Accred) Qualified Supervisor
I am a BACP Senior Accredited and Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist and also a qualified Supervisor.
I have been engaged in therapeutic work for around 20 years and I have been working as a therapist for 11 years working with adults, families and children/adolescents in specialist agencies and private practice. I have worked with people who have experienced a diverse range of experiences, adversity and trauma.
I am currently working at Brighton University as a student counsellor and within private practice.
I experienced the value of a holding, supportive, respectful therapeutic relationship in my life and this was one of the reasons that led me to me embarking on my own training.
Counselling and Psychotherapy can be a space to explore current or past concerns, desires and hopes. You may be wanting to get to grips with an aspect of yourself that keeps tripping you up or is holding you back in some way.
You may be struggling with current losses, relationship difficulties, adversity, be in a transitional space or have a sense of longing that you cannot make sense of. You may have experienced a sense of low self-esteem/ self-worth due to early experiences of being misunderstood or unaccepted for who you are or have experienced neglectful parenting or trauma.
You may simply need a space in your life where you are the sole focus to explore what concerns you. Whatever you choose to bring will be valued and treated with respect.
In our meeting, I will endeavour to support you to identify what it is that troubles you and your hopes for the work that we will embark on together. In this process, I will pay full attention to your personal circumstances, cultural & social contexts with a sense of presence, acceptance, authenticity, inclusion and respect to you and your experiences.
I will aim to support you to build on your internal resources and resilience.I will support you be listening out for the places where you are feel lost, fearful, powerless or where there maybe limiting self-beliefs that are not serving you. All of this is welcome in the counselling space with me.
I will encourage the development of a trusting respectful working relationship in order for you to feel supported in your counselling process.
I value the therapeutic relationship that can be a transformative one that can enable us to increase our capacity for accepting our wounds and hurts through a more compassionate lens.
The framework in which I work - Integrative Psychosynthesis values the diversity of our experiences, who we are or can be and life in all its contradictions, experiences and depth.
I draw upon a number of psychological models and frameworks including those that focus on our developmental experiences, early trauma/loss and also aspects of self that we feel have been underdeveloped.
I have a creative approach that values all aspects of the self – mind, body and soul. In the work I see that whatever is troubling you can be seen as a signal to parts of the self that may need attention, understanding or transformation.
I have some useful tools and whether this be sand tray, mindfulness, art or utilising dreams or the imagination to support the work. I also have trainings in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy( CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing(EMDR) that can work well with areas such as anxiety or trauma.
I work within the ethical framework of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and work in a way that is confidential, empathic, sensitive and respectful of all that you bring.
I will also pay attention to the dynamics unfolding between us and seek with you to build bridges where we can meet in this joint endeavour. The work can be challenging too as we endeavour to enable change to take place and so I will encourage a compassionate approach throughout.
Ending the Process
You may want to meet for a few sessions or for a longer period of time depending on your situation, what you wish to explore.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling 2005
Diploma in Child, Adolescent & Adolescent & Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision 2015
Post-Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Work with Children 2006
CBT with Heart
EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation Reprocessing - trauma work) part 1-3
EMDR with Children
BACP Senior Accreditation 2016
I hold Indemnity Insurance and current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
I am currently working as a counsellor at the University of Brighton offering short term therapy to students and have a private practice.
I have also worked as a therapist in the following specialist services:
Mankind - Brighton offering therapy to Male survivors of sexual abuse
West London Action for Children - offering therapy to children, adults and families who have experienced adversity, trauma, abuse. In this context I also provided therapy within the school environment
NSPCC - London offering therapy to children who have experienced trauma and abuse
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transitional Stages of Life.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
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Individuals £40 per 50 mins(some concessions)
Couples/Families: £50 per 50 mins
Supervision: £40 per 50 mins
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytimes/ Evenings. Saturdays until 1pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I currently offer supervision to counsellors & psychotherapists who work with children, adolescents and/or adults.I am also currently working at Brighton University as a student counsellor and within private practice.View supervision profile