humanistic integrative therapist
Carl RogersThe curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change
Hello, and welcome to my website!You are probably here because you may feel like you’re struggling and are looking for support. Low mood, lack of confidence, past events, difficulty with relationships and many many other things can feel overwhelming. Taking the first steps to come to counselling isn’t easy at the best of times, but you made it this far! I can help you to start make more sense of the maze your feelings may appear to be and offer a safe and confidential space to do so. Please have a look at the other sections of my website for more details.Best wishes,Nicolle
My background lies in nursing so I have been supporting people for many years now. I realised what I enjoyed most, and where my strength lies, was spending time with people, supporting them and hearing their stories so I started a level 2 course in counselling skills at Bournville College after which I continued onto a level 3 course at Solihull College.
These two courses confirmed I felt passionate about becoming a counsellor and I went on to complete a BSc in Humanistic Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Institute In Nottingham. This course gave me insight into how our early relationships can (often unconsciously) impact on us and our relationships in the present. I have worked with many different clients and issues at two different charities and still volunteer at a charity working with survivors of rape and sexual violence.
I work as a humanistic integrative therapist. Let me try to explain in a nutshell what this means. I believe you are unique, which means your experience of the world is also unique and I am interested in understanding this as well as I can. Humanistic integrative therapy encourages self-awareness and personal growth whilst acknowledging the potential impact of your past and present significant relationships as they can impact on your ability to find out what makes you tick; what’s right and what’s not right for you. Our early relationships can (often unconsciously) impact on us and our relationships in the present which can lead to feelings of unhappiness. We will be working at your pace, and I will be supporting you through this process without judging you. I won’t be telling you what to do, or make decisions for you as I believe you are the expert on your life.
I am able to support you with a variety of difficulties. Please have a look at the FAQ’s page.
If you are interested in reading more about different therapies, please have a look on this website: http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/what-is-therapy/types-of-therapy
some questions answered
What do I do if I need to cancel a session? Or if I miss one?
Please notify me as soon as you can. I require a minimum of 48 hours notice.
Are our sessions confidential?
Whatever we discuss together is confidential but there are some exceptions to this which mainly revolve around you, or someone else being at risk of serious harm or in the case of serious criminal offences. Should I feel circumstances are such I need to break confidentiality I will always aim to discuss this with you first.Every counsellor is required by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) to attend regular supervision. This is to allow me to reflect on how I work. My supervision sessions are also fully confidential. Please feel free to ask me about this.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no minimum or maximum amount of sessions. How many you will need depends on your specific needs and you will not be tied into a contract for set number of sessions.
How often are the sessions?
Sessions take place weekly, on the same day and at the same time.
How much will it cost & how do I pay?
Each session costs £35 which will be payable at the start of the session. I currently accept cash or cheque. Electronic payments are not possible yet.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
You may have noticed the terms counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably. Counseling usually focuses on a specific problem which is discussed in the present-tense, without too much attention on the role of your past experiences.
Psychotherapy often it has a longer duration than counseling and looks at patterns and recurring feelings in your life. The past and its impact on the present is explored with the aim to resolve the underlying issues which fuel ongoing complaints.
How long is each session?
Each session is 50 minutes long.
What if it isn't for me?
You may realise after starting counselling it’s not for you. This could be due to a variety of reasons. If you do, you can stop your session any time you want although it may be helpful for both of us if we can discuss this.
Whatever we discuss together is confidential but there are some exceptions to this which mainly revolve around you, or someone else being at risk of serious harm or in the case of serious criminal offences. Should I feel circumstances are such I need to break confidentiality I will always aim to discuss this with you first.
Every counsellor is required by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) to attend regular supervision. This is to allow me to reflect on how I work. My supervision sessions are also fully confidential. Please feel free to ask me about this.
Is your counselling room wheelchair accesible?
Unfortunately my room is on the first floor of a building which has no lift.
Which issues are you able to help with?
Affairs and betrayals
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Separation and divorce
Work related stress
If what you may be struggling with is not listed, please feel free to contact me.
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834 Yardley Wood Road