Who am I?
I am Nikki
What made you want to become a counsellor?
I had a life-changing accident in 2004
I had no idea what to do or who to turn to, it was frightening, and lonely, and being made to feel it was all in my head.
I got passed from doctor to consultant and still no idea, what was wrong, or what to do, I continued with the ongoing treatments.
I decided I had to look at my own fears, hurt and pain and turn it around to give me my own wealth of understanding. I went on a pain management course for a month at Bath pain clinic, to help me learn I will always be in pain so I had to change from the pain controlling me to I'm in control of my pain.
I decided to start a counselling course in 2009 and working my way up the levels, working hard to get where I am today. I have had to learn to accept what happened and take control of my life. I decided I wanted to be someone who people go to when they are going through a tough time, could turn to, so that's just what I did.
''I would like to express my sinse thanks for all the support you provided for my husband over the past year. He was very nervous but you put him a
t ease straight away, you took the time to understand him and provide the support very quickly. Now that he has finished the counseling I can't describe the difference it has made life, in fact, our future our whole family, and outlook on the future, his life, and himself as a person. You have succeeded where previous interventions such as CBT were pushed on him without finding out if they were right for him and did more harm than good. Sarah' '
Have I had counselling at all?
I had different kinds of counselling, CBT, solution focus and others, some good counsellors and some not so good, nothing really helped, I tried again and working with the counsellor for a number of sessions but it wasn't enough, I couldn't afford a lot of counselling, so I was left high and dry.
Another reason I decided that I wanted to find out what I needed to learn to work with trauma and the process I went through to be able to do the job as I learnt what would have helped me.
I wanted to help others to help themselves, having both experienced and gaining knowledge.
"'I had therapy sessions with Nikki for 5ish years and found her approach the most beneficial compared to all the prior therapies I'd sought over the last 20+ years to ease my mental health issues. The success I had with Nikki was also aided by the extra therapy group sessions held weekly which my wife also attended and found very helpful in better understanding how to cope with my problems. I still have issues but am now in a better place to cope with them. All this due to Nikki's guidance so I can absolutely recommend her.
How long did it take you to get where I am now?
I chose a path to become a counsellor, 11 years ago, also finding out I am dyslexic but I didn't let that stop me. I followed it through, step by step gaining different qualifications, and learning who I am along the way.
I qualified as a personal centred counsellor and went on to qualify as a crisis and trauma, CBT, building up areas to be able to work with trauma and PTSD (see my qualification page) I am at present finishing off, domestic abuse, working towards my accreditation.
I am committed to carrying out the continued personal development that we have to, to keep up with up to date information for evidence-based therapy. I also have an up to date enhanced DBS.
"I found Nicky very comfortable to work with and relaxed and was able to
open up my mind and difficulties in my life what I was facing I would
recommend Nicky to anybody with mental health problems she's working to
bring out the best in a person who's struggling and I had positive out
come she is not judgmental always welcoming with a smile on her face
wanting to achieve change with clients she gets to the point of your
the issue she makes you feel safe in the room and only specks when needed
and gets to the point I've never met a counselor like Nicky I'm not
making her big-headed but there was something special about Nicky
counseling skills but it's about the client working with her and
wanting to change 50% is going to mind 50% is stepping in the room then
100% is all down to yourself when you finish
the session works with Nicky too its commitment I found. Thank you
Nicky, please keep up the positive work"
Are you a member of a governing body?
Yes, the BACP my registered number is 117540
" made me feel so welcome and relaxed. I feel at complete ease in Nikki's company and she helps to recognize things that I had never realized before that help me grow and improve as a person. She’s absolutely amazing"!!
Do I enjoy what I do?
Yes, I'm passionate about my work, meeting lots of unique individuals that got lost along the way, it’s a pleasure working with you, also in meeting and helping work through, anything from anxiety, relationship problems, bullying in the workplace, child sex abuse and lots of other traumatic areas in their lives as well as find themselves and take back the control of their lives. Helping to learn that you do deserve a better life if find you were in a violent relationship, or trauma and working with you for as long as you need me or until you can work to take back your control.
* 2013 - present - counselling - I have been working at a mental health charity for the last 8 years. I have a wealth of experience and a special interest in working with trauma and PTSD and I am passionate about what I do.
* 2017 - I set up my own private practice ' Know Your Own Mind.
* 2019 - Embrace - children’s charity helping children and young people, have been through domestic violence, abuse or trauma.
"I felt heard, having someone who had experienced life and similar to me, It was such a relief I wasn't going mad, thank you, Nikki" Sarah
I am a qualified, experienced and compassionate counsellor with over a thousand plus counselling hours of helping unique individuals find their way through what they were struggling with and are now able to carry on with their lives. After working with me, and having a safe space and being able to feel heard.
I have a special interest in helping people working through their life’s difficulties, and challenges, so when you are struggling with out of control emotions, and need help, let me help you move forwards.
I work with adults and children who need counselling when they are having difficulties moving forward in life due to overwhelming anxiety, panic attacks, reliving traumatic moments, stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts, constant worrying or from any kind of trauma and need some help.
I can help with providing you with a safe confidential space with time for you, for a 1:1 counselling session, where it is all about you, especially if you look after everyone, who looks after you?
I also offer family work for extra support when working with trauma & PTSD, so they can help and support you (see my support group page).
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Higham Ferrers, Kettering, Wellingborough & Northampton.
I offer face to face, online and phone counselling