About Nicola

photo Sept 15I am an approachable, compassionate counsellor, based in Southsea. After working in financial services, I managed a youth and community charity and undertook Counselling training as people were gravitating to me with their issues, and I wanted to ensure I was being helpful for them. As well as up-skilling my counselling work, this process helped me become more self-aware and make sense of some of my life experiences, something I see in my clients as they engage with counselling.

I believe certain counselling styles suit some people more than others, so I integrate a wide range of approaches and styles of therapy to provide the right support for you. With a tendency towards solution focused brief therapy, I aim to achieve maximum benefit for the clients with the lowest investment of therapy time.

At the heart of the counselling process is the therapeutic relationship and a desire to empower each individual. I believe in a focus on future hopes as I am passionate about seeing people help themselves be released into their full potential and enjoy life to the full. I work with clients to set their own goals and jointly we set strategies to facilitate change.

I am a qualified supervisor of individuals and groups. I am committed to lifelong learning in order to enhance my practice and fulfil over and above the requirements for education, updating and personal supervision and development. I have experience as Lead Counsellor in NHS primary care and Counselling and Supervising experience in the Voluntary Sector.

After my many years of counselling experience I still remain passionate about being a Therapist. If after looking at my website you have any questions about the counselling service I offer, then please do contact me.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Masters Degree in Counselling Studies. University of Manchester
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision. Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy
  • Accredited to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • BUPA Approved Psychotherapist and Counsellor
  • Recognised counselling provider for private medical insurance: AVIVA, PruHealth, Axa Health
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked