No matter what you are going through, no difficulty is too small or too big to bring to counselling sessions with me. I am here to listen to you, to accept you, to help you see more clearly and to help you move forward.
Sometimes everyone needs some support and maybe you would like help dealing with a significant life event. Perhaps you are suffering with depression and are finding things too hard to face. Possibly the stress and anxiety that you are experiencing are impacting on all areas of your life. Maybe you are struggling to come to terms with accepting yourself. Perhaps a past event has left a wound that just isn't healing. Whatever it is that you would like help with, I will never tell you what to do, nor will I advise you, but I will help you to make changes in your life and help you to feel more in control.
I have over twenty years experience of working with people from all backgrounds and ages, in a variety of different roles. However, I first became interested in counselling when I was in my twenties and needed support with a significant life event. Being able to explore my worries and fears in a safe, non-judgemental way, with someone who really 'got me' was a great help to me. With this in mind, I now offer the same safe environment to people who need help and support in dealing with whatever it is that is causing them upset. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, meaning that I work using several different theoretical approaches to best suit my client's needs. Additionally, I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, which in turn is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
It can be hard choosing the right counsellor but I hope it helps to know that I follow a strict code of ethics, ensuring that I offer the best service that I can. You may also not know what to expect but please be assured I work in a comfortable therapy room in a lovely yoga centre (once Covid19 social distancing rules are lifted), and our first session together will be a gentle exploration of whatever it is causing you distress.
'This guy is great! All sessions were so helpful.'
'Nick has helped me navigate and come to terms with a very tough period of my life. After just the first session, I saw a noticeable difference in my personal outlook and demeanour. He is very friendly, understanding and completely confidential. I can't recommend him enough!'
Not only did I really enjoy my sessions with Nick, they really helped me make some tough decisions at a difficult time in my life. I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am today had I not talked them through. Thank you. Highly recommend. (I've attempted counselling previously and was unsure it would work for me, glad I went to Nick and tried again)
Nick Brownjohn Counselling Services
With You Every Step of the Way
You may be experiencing persistent low mood, hopelessness, loss of interest and enjoyment, low self-worth, poor concentration, anxiety and self-defeating behaviours. You may feel that your daily life, relationships and social life are suffering. I will help you to address these symptoms, discover their origins and explore ways to deal with them.
You may be feeling overwhelmed by stress caused by problems such as work, family, relationships or money. When stressed, the body produces the stress chemicals adrenaline and cortisol, both of which can be beneficial for motivation, or to help you perform well in situations such as interviews. However, too much of these chemicals can lead to mental and physical health issues. I can help you to work through your stress, rationalise it and learn to deal with it through exploring how to change stressful situations.
You may be feeling fearful and anxious, often for no apparent reason. Panic attacks may impact on your professional and social life, even making you afraid to leave the house. Counselling can help you to rationalise your fears and learn new coping mechanisms to help you better manage future panic attacks.
You may be feeling overwhelmed with worry, fear and unease, often for no apparent reason. Counselling can help you work out what is causing your anxiety, the triggers and how you could manage and cope with it. Find out more by watching my video.
Nick Brownjohn Counselling Fees
Prior to starting our work together, I will be delighted to offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation to help you decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
All other sessions
During social distancing, I am able to offer counselling via Zoom or by phone for £30 per sixty minute session
Fees can be paid by bank transfer on the day of your appointment.
You Ask - I Answer
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy with a trained therapist who will listen to you in a safe, confidential space in which you can explore whatever it is that is causing you upset, anxiety or depression. In each session, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions, without judgement or criticism. I will help you to gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought-processes, and to find your own solutions to your issues, but I will not give you advice or tell you what to do.
How do I know if I need counselling?
Counselling can help anyone at any stage of their life. It can help you cope with anxiety, depression, stress or panic, with difficult life events such as illness, divorce or bereavement, with challenging emotions such as anger or low self-esteem, or with sexual identity issues.
How long is a session and how many sessions will I need?
Each face to face session lasts 50 minutes and attendance is normally weekly. Virtual sessions via Zoom last 60 minutes. The amount of sessions that you will need depends entirely on the individual; some people find that four sessions is enough, whereas other people may take longer. Either way, I will continue to listen and work with you for as long as it takes until you start to feel better.
Where do the sessions take place and is there parking?
Whilst social distancing rules are in place, counselling will be on-line via Zoom, or by telephone. When things are back to normal, the sessions take place in a dedicated counselling room at the Mandala Centre in Preston. The address of this can be found in the Contact Me section of this website. There is free parking after 6pm, and 1 hour of free parking during the day. There are also car parks opposite the Mandala Centre and at the top of the street (£2 per hour). Additionally, the Mandala Centre is just a few minutes walk from Preston bus station.
The Mandala Centre, 18 Derby Street, Preston, PR1 1DT, UK