Virginia Nicholls MBACP (Accredited)

Virginia Nicholls MBACP (Accredited)

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Burgess Hill
West Sussex

07971 340184

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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.

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 ( and a full member of ATSAC (

Areas of life issues I cover:

Coping with life pressures
Eating Disorders
Difficulties with families
Feeling stuck
Internet offending
Low self esteem
Mental Health issues
Porn addiction
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

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)

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Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Porn addiction
Working with partners of sex addicts and porn addicts

Photos & videos

  • counselling room


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    45 minute assessment and history taking session.
£60    60 minute sessions
Concession rates are available

Maps & Directions

Burgess Hill, RH15

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


Monday to Thursday: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme