Virginia Nicholls MBACP (Accredited)
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.
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:
Coping with life pressures
Difficulties with families
Low self esteem
Mental Health issues
Sexual compulsive behaviour
Bereavement and loss
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
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling 2010
Certificate in Christian Counselling 2006
Level 5 Diploma in Sex Addiction Counselling - March 2017
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.
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.
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)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with partners of sex addicts and porn addicts
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£20 30 minute assessment to discuss your counselling needs.
£50 50 minute sessions
Concession rates are available
Sex or Porn Addiction Counselling
£50 45 minute assessment and history taking session.
£60 60 minute sessions
Concession rates are available
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Thursday: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|