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Virginia Nicholls MBACP (Accredited)

Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15
07971 340184 07971 340184 Registered / Accredited

About me

What is counselling?
Life can be a very lonely, confusing, hurting and messy journey. Sometimes friends and family are not able to help. They are too close to the situation. Talking to a counsellor who is neutral and has no hidden agendas to the decisions you make in your life, can give you the freedom to say what you want without the fear of ridicule or judgement.

Availability:
I offer short or long-term one-to-one sessions working with adults. The number of sessions would be agreed by you. My practice is run from home.  I also offer sessions via Skype or Zoom.

Sex Addiction Counselling:

I have specialist counselling training into porn and sex addiction from The Institute of Sex Addiction Training (www.thelaurelcentre.co.uk) and a full member of ATSAC (www.atsac.co.uk)

Areas of life issues I cover:

Anxiety
Coping with life pressures
Depression
Divorce
Eating Disorders
Difficulties with families
Feeling stuck
Internet offending
Low self esteem
Mental Health issues
Porn addiction
Stress
Sexual compulsive behaviour
Sexual addiction
Bereavement and loss
Attachment issues
Christian counselling

About me:
It is not easy for a counsellor to talk about themselves, as most of the therapy is focussed on you and I'm there as your listener, encourager, comforter, challenger.  So, here are a few facts about me - I've been divorced, I've remarried.  I have no children.  I love walking which gives me the space to mourn for the death of our dog Cherry in Sept 2019.  I am a Christian, but I do not bring my beliefs into the counselling room unless you wish for Christian counselling.  I am a counsellor who happens to be a Christian.  I came into counselling because of my own experience of sitting in the client's chair.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling 2010
Certificate in Christian Counselling 2006
Level 5 Diploma in Sex Addiction Counselling - March 2017

Training:
In my training I was a volunteer counsellor at The Information Shop for Young People in Burgess Hill and also spent 3 years at St Peter and St James Hospice as a bereavement counsellor.

Specialities:
Bereavement and loss - Loss does not have to be just mourning a loved one who has died.  Loss can be redundancy, loss of health, a broken friendship, marriage breakdown, failure in exams, death of a pet etc

Sex and Porn Addiction -  I have personal experience of being addicted to pornography and the effects of pornography in a marriage.

Partners with sex or porn addiction -
It can feel like your world has ended when you find out your partner is addicted to looking at porn, or seeing a sex worker. There is a level of trust that has been broken and you may feel you will never recover from the shock. Counselling can help you start to rebuild your life after this shock.   See my website for more details.

Learning difficulties and disabilities - my experience from working for 5 years as a counsellor at a drop-in centre in Burgess Hill for people with learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as mental health issues; has given me an insight in how to engage and listen to clients with learning disability and difficulties.  Clients bring issues such as bereavement, sex, body image, anxiety issues, OCD, anger management, depression, job worries, relationship and family issues. 

Membership:

Accredited Registered Member with the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
Full member of ATSAC (Association for the treatment of sexual addiction and compulsivity).
Member of ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors)
Student member of EMDR

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

ACC

Association for Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

BACP

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.

ATSAC

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity

The Association for Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC) is the leading UK organisation providing hope, information, support, and treatment options for those affected by sexual addiction and compulsivity.

ATSAC sets standards of practice for qualified therapists and provides accreditation for specialist training courses. A therapist who has gone through ATSAC recognised training will have the knowledge to respect and work with you sensitively to find out how best to support your needs.

Therapy options may include one-to-one sessions, group work, and/or relationship counselling. ATSAC is a not-for-profit organisation.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Association for Christian Counsellors

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Porn addiction
Working with partners of sex addicts and porn addicts

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

General Counselling

£20  30 minute assessment to discuss your counselling needs.
£50  50 minute sessions
Concession rates are available

Sex or Porn Addiction Counselling

£50    Assessment and history taking session (takes between 45-60 minutes).
£60    60 minute sessions
Concession rates are available

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Monday to Thursday: 9.00 am to 8.00 pm

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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Virginia Nicholls MBACP (Accredited)

Virginia Nicholls MBACP (Accredited)