1. It will help you to talk about how you're really feeling and about what's going on for you
You will be able to talk without judgement, criticism, being laughed at, being told to get over it or 'you'll feel better tomorrow', and without someone telling you they know how you feel and then telling you all about their experience. Your counselling is your time to explore what is going on for you. After all, no-one knows what it's like for you, except you.
2. It helps you to change your life
Staying in your comfort zone can, of course, offer you stability and security but it can also be limiting as it stops you from trying new things. Counselling can help you identify who you'd like to be and how you may achieve this, the obstacles in your way and how you may overcome these barriers. It can also help you recognise what you've already achieved, thereby helping you feel empowered.
3. It helps you to develop self-awareness
Understanding who you really are, warts and all, takes courage but it can really pay dividends. It helps you to trust and value yourself more, enabling you to better manage your behaviours and boundaries. It also helps you to accept past events, which in turn leads to greater inner peace and happiness.
4. It helps you to identify triggers and how to manage them
Counselling will support you in exploring how events and people have impacted on your life. As you do this, you'll discover which external pulls and defense mechanisms are no longer serving you, or even hindering you. You will then be able to identify how you may let go of these, and explore how you may chose to be and react in their place.
5. It helps you to focus on creating time for you
Counselling will help you to work out what is right for you and what will have a positive impact on your life. Sometimes it can be very difficult to make time for you with all the pressures of modern life, but counselling itself is a form of self-care.
Why choose me?
Over twenty years experience of working with people from all backgrounds and ages, in a variety of different roles
Well qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
An integrative counsellor, meaning that I work using several different theoretical approaches to best suit your needs
An accredited member of the National Counselling Society, which in turn is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Adherance to the National Counselling Society's strict code of ethics, ensuring that I offer the best service that I possibly can
Able to offer Zoom & phone sessions (and face to face once Covid19 restrictions are lifted)
'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)
Examples of just a few issues that I can help you with
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.
Anger can be a useful tool in that it can tell us when things are wrong, unfair or threatening. However, when rage impacts on the well-being of others around us or on our own mental health, then it may be out of control. Found out how I work with clients who wish to improve their anger management by watching my video.
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.
Prior to starting our work together, I will be delighted to offer a free 20 minute Zoom or telephone consultation to help you decide if I am the right counsellor for you, and to answer any questions that you may have.
Please text 07594 325884 or e-mail and we can arrange a mutually convenient time.
All other sessions
Zoom or phone: £30 per sixty minute session.
Walk and Talk: £35 per sixty minute, socially-distanced session in Avenham Park, Preston (or another mutually convenient park).
Fees can be paid by bank transfer on the day of your appointment.
Due to Covid19, I am currently not offering face to face counselling.
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?
Attendance is normally weekly. Zoom, phone and Walk and Talk sessions each 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?
Counselling will be either on-line via Zoom, by phone or through socially-distanced walk and talk sessions in Avenham Park (or another mutually convenient park).
Attendance is normally weekly.