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Nicola Westwood

  • BA (Hons) in Professional Development in Counselling.
  • Diploma in Counselling.
  • Certificate in Counselling.
  • Certificate in Counselling Theory.
  • BACP Member.
  • CRB Checked (Criminal Records Bureau).

As a qualified counsellor I have experience of working within the Primary Care Service, South Yorkshire Eating Disorders and I also work privately. My name is Nicola I am a warm empathetic person and as a counsellor I am committed to helping my clients. I believe that a good strong therapeutic relationship is vital to the counselling process and that everyone is unique.

I have training and interest in different forms of counselling: therefore I take an integrative approach in my work. This involves working with several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy and allows me to adapt my techniques to the personal problems that are unique to the individual. For example I am interested in Cognitive Based Therapy which is used to identify unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour and to work with the client to resolve these issues. I have experience of other approaches in particular Psychosynthesis which can be helpful in understanding the different parts of us. Particularly helpful if someone is struggling to understand why they act the way they do especially if their behaviour is self destructive.

My experience is of working with clients with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, anger management, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, family relationship problems, eating disorders and bereavement. My recent training and experience centres around destructive coping mechanisms, such as sex addiction.

My work within Primary Care has been with a particular emphasis on suicide and self harm prevention. Suicide is distressing to those experiencing the thoughts and feelings and also for those around them. Clients often feel a sense of hopelessness and despair, not able to understand why they feel the way they do, why they can’t focus, concentrate or finish sentences and in more severe cases feel that suicide is the only option.

From receiving counselling myself I know how difficult it is to approach a counsellor and understand much of the anxiety that goes along with meeting for the first time. I am mindful of this and try as much as possible to put my clients at ease during the session.

I truly believe that counselling provides an opportunity for clients to progress towards a more satisfying way of life. It provides you with the opportunity to find your own solutions to personal emotional problems. I always work within a private and confidential setting to help my clients feel safe.

  • Anxiety.
  • Addiction.
  • Depression.
  • Domestic abuse.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Family relationship problems.
  • Inner conflicts.
  • Low self -esteem.
  • Negative thoughts feelings and behaviours.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Poor self image.
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual & Physical abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trust & jealousy issues
  • Sex Addictions
  • Attachement Issues
  • Psycho-somatic Issues (body pain)
  • Trauma/PTSD

I will try to be as flexible as possible in order for appointment times to be convenient. I have daytime and evening appointments. Short notice appointments are also sometimes available.

I charge £60 but I may be able to offer a lower fee for clients on low income.