Who am I?
I am Nikki
What made you want to become a counsellor?
I had a life changing accident in 2004, I experienced a roller coaster of emotions. I became angry, snappy, bursting into tears at the slightest thing, frustrated that I couldn't walk, and started to experience nightmares, flashbacks, feeling isolated and not knowing who I could talk to. People I thought were my friends soon disapeared and distanced themselves, you heard the saying "you soon find out who your friends are when you need somone".
I had no idea what to do or who to turn too, it was frightening.
I got passed from doctor to doctor, consultant to consultant and still no idea what to do, I continued with the on going treatments.
I looked at my own fears, hurt and pain giving me my own wealth of understanding.
I decided to start a counselling course, 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.
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 and nothing really helped, I tryed again and working with the counsellor for a number of sessions but it wasn't enough, I was left high and dry. 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 the knowledge.
How long did it take you to get where I am now?
I chose a path to become a counsellor, 10 years ago, also finding out I am dyslexic but I didn't let that stop me. I followed it through to the end. I Gained different qualifications along the way, I qualified as a personal centered counsellor and crisis and trauma counsellor, building up areas to be able to work with trauma and PTSD (see my qualification page) I am at present doing a CBT, Art therapy course & working towards my accreditation.
Do I enjoy what I do?
Yes, I'm the type of person that once I get an idea of doing something in my head, I follow it through to the end. I have been working at a mental health charity for the last 6 years.
I have a wealth of experience and a special interest working with trauma and PTSD and I am passionate about what I do.
What others say about "me"!
"Easy to talk to", "shows empathy, accepted who I am", "understanding, friendly, gentle and a kind motherly nature and gets you to open up to her""I felt listened to"
"helped me to understand what I've gone through"
"having someone to help and understand, not try and tell me what to do. just being heard"
Higham Ferrers, Kettering, Wellingborough & Northampton.
I have limited avalability for evening appointments in Higham Ferrers.
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