My journey into therapy began in 2002 when, as a new form tutor in charge of a group of 16 year-olds I wanted to develop skills that would enable me to support them to the best of my ability. As a Psychology teacher I also had background knowledge of psychological approaches to therapy and an understanding of a range of psychological disorders. Over the years my interest developed into a passion and on completing my Level 4 qualification as a Therapeutic Counsellor in 2015 I started to explore solution focused techniques and mindfulness.
In recent years I have also worked as a volunteer supporting clients through experiences of grief and loss. This involved both face-to-face support and therapy via telephone. Working with sixth form students in a large comprehensive school also developed my skills in working with young people presenting with a range of issues from trouble with organisation and time management to anxiety, low self-esteem and exam stress.
I completed my training as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist at the prestigious Clifton Practice in Bristol under the tutorage of David Newton who is a highly renowned and skilled practitioner of 25 years experience. I hold membership of the National Council of Hypnotherapists and the Association of Solution Focused Hypnotherapists. I am in receipt of training and continued professional development at the Clifton Practice and I am under the supervision of Susan Rodrigues to support my practice. I chose the symbol of an eclipse to represent my therapy as the transitions I see in my clients are like movements from darkness to light; like a veil has been lifted and the way forward becomes clear.
Nicola is available on Tuesday (between 9am and 7pm) and Saturday mornings (between 9am and 1pm). Other weekday evenings may be available by appointment. To book an appointment call Abergavenny Natural Therapy Centre on 01873 858391 or contact Nicola directly on 07802 286386