Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Holborn, Central London & Hertford, Hertfordshire
I provide a safe, gentle and non judgemental space to talk. As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, I accept that as individuals we are all unique and have different needs when seeking therapy and support. I believe that it is ultimately the relationship between the client and therapist that is fundamental for a trusting, understanding and safe therapeutic alliance and this allows for the opportunity to explore your feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour.
I provide counselling and psychotherapy in:
- Depression & Anxiety
- Self-Esteem and Confidence
- Eating Disorders
- Bereavement & Loss
- Relationship Issues
- Abuse (emotional, physical, verbal and sexual)
- Work and Career issues
I can provide additional counselling in:
- Sexual Orientation & Identity
- Living with or affected by HIV and HCV
- Substance misuse
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Sex Addiction
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. Trained at CPPD Counselling School, London (Adv Dip BACP accredited).
Why choose therapy?
Making the decision to approach counselling or psychotherapy can be a positive step. It can help to gain a greater understanding to find the resources to make changes. It can also lead to self-discovery and self-awareness to live a more fulfilling life and to have more meaningful interpersonal relationships. You may be deciding to seek therapy because you are feeling low or in distress, or that you are confused with painful feelings that you do not understand, but you may also be coming from a place of curiosity. Whatever your reasons are, I am here to guide you through this process.
After training at CPPD, one of London’s leading counselling schools I began to operate my own private practice and now work in both Central London and Hertford. Previously, I volunteered at The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), helping people living with or affected by HIV. Additionally, I volunteered at East London Out Project (ELOP) offering counselling to those who identified as LGBTQ+. I can work with a wide range of issues, and my clients come from all walks of life and backgrounds. I am passionate about the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy in exploring and understanding ourselves in both past and present relationships and the core of my work is always underpinned by the principles of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. As a member of the BACP, I am bound by and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and have regular supervision.
“I came to Nic when I felt that I wasn’t in control of myself and was in danger of losing all that was dear to me. He worked with me to understand where the feelings of insecurity and shame came from that were driving my destructive behaviour. For the first time in my life I now know that I am in complete control of myself and needn’t worry about what I might do when taken over by the shame, guilt and insecurity I’d suffered from all my life. Nic was attentive and gentle and managed to lead me through the complex web of emotions, memories and thoughts that I hadn’t been able to make sense of, even during previous bouts of counselling. It is impossible to say how grateful I am to Nic as my life has become immeasurably better and easier now that I am free of the fear that had been causing me so much pain.”
What is Integrative Therapy?
Integrative counselling and psychotherapy recognises that there are significant connections between all approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. It acknowledges that different clients have different needs and believes that no one single approach is sufficient. This integrative approach is inspired by a range of creative theories which encompasses the contributions of Attachment based Psychotherapy, Person Centred, Humanistic, Gestalt, TA, Existential Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Transpersonal Psychology.
The integrative approach recognises that the quality of the therapeutic relationship, rather than any one particular theoretical orientation, is the most important aspect of successful therapeutic work. Thinking, sensing, feeling and intuiting are all given emphasis within the framework of the relationship. The model aims to help counsellors understand the complexities of the client’s internal and external experience of the world and systematically considers the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
Attachment Theory (Psychodynamic), Humanistic, Integrative, Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Transpersonal, Behavioural Therapy, Existential, Group Therapy, Psychosexual, Solution Focused & Brief Dynamic Therapy.
"I wanted to say thank you. It is so amazing to have feelings again and to feel so very alive. Thank you, thank you.”
“Starting with a new therapist can be quite an anxiety inducing experience but Nic put me at ease immediately. He was very gentle and reassuring in his manner, and gave me the space to explore my feelings in a safe and non-judgemental environment. I worked with him weekly for over 6 months and felt by the end of it that we had shone some light into some dark and complicated areas of my emotions. I always looked forward to the next session as it was such a positive and productive time.
Thanks Nic for all your help and wisdom, I feel blessed to have worked with you.”
What is therapy and counselling?
Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk to someone who is professionally trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.
How will therapy make me feel?
Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about these painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long-run.
How many sessions will I need?
Usually it will take a number of counselling sessions before therapy starts to make a difference. However, on rare occasions, a single session may be enough.
Does it work for everybody?
Therapy doesn’t work for everybody. It is not a universal cure-all. Because you may be talking about very personal and often painful things, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going. Despite this, it is often worth the effort as you can be helped to work through problems.
Does therapy and counselling remain confidential?
All information is confidential between therapist and client and all members of the BACP adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice. However, if it is believed that you may harm yourself or others, or that a child is at risk, outside agencies may be informed but wherever possible, this would not be done without fully discussing with you first. If you disclose information about certain criminal or terrorist offences, then there is a professional and legal obligation to tell outside agencies without informing you first.
Is this counselling and psychotherapy service GDPR compliant?
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and comply to the new GDPR guidelines. I am the Data Controller for the information I will collect from you. I keep your contact details securely and only use this information to communicate with you and to keep a record of our counselling and psychotherapy services in accordance with the new regulations, the BACP guidelines and my insurance provider.
You can ask what information I hold about you at any time by contacting me directly. If you are not happy with how I am handling your information you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
How can I pay?
You can pay by cash, credit card or debit card.
“I hope you are able to help others in the way you have helped me. I feel that you really understood what was going on for me and this gave me clarity to look at possibilities. I always felt safe and that I could trust you implicitly with my darkest secrets and feelings”
Holborn WC1 Practice
Individuals £65 per 50 minute session
Hertford Practice, Hertfordshire SG14
Individuals £55 per 50 minute session
Transport and Directions
Holborn WC1 Practice - Hours: Thursday and Friday 11am - 10pm.
A short walk between Holborn Underground and Russell Square Underground:
2 Russell Square Mansions
122 Southampton Row
London WC1B 5AE
Hertford Practice, Hertfordshire, SG14 - Hours: By Appointment
A short walk from Hertford North Railway Station. Free parking is available.
Appointments cancelled at less than 48 hrs notice are charged for. If you arrive late for a session we will end at the scheduled time due to other clients appointments.
“Nic helped me to gain clarity and understanding and that what I was experiencing was not my fault and that I no longer needed to blame myself or feel guilt and shame. I am grateful that in the work, Nic always encouraged my own agency and self-autonomy. I have been able to move on in the short time we worked together.”
Talking on social media
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. www.bacp.co.uk
CPPD - CPPD Counselling College is one of the UK’s leading humanistic integrative training schools. www.cppd.co.uk
MIND - The leading mental health charity in England and Wales. www.mind.org.uk
Maytree - is a charity supporting people in suicidal crisis. www.maytree.org.uk
London Friend (Antidote) - is the UK’s only LGBT run and targeted drug and alcohol support service. www.londonfriend.org.uk
Talktofrank - worried about drugs. www.talktofrank.com
Terrence Higgins Trust - is the leading HIV and sexual health charity in the UK. www.tht.org.uk
Gamblers Anonymous - is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope for each other. www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
56 Dean Street - is a friendly, convenient and free NHS sexual health clinic in the heart of London. www.chelwest.nhs.uk/services/hiv-sexual-health/clinics/56-dean-street