Nicola Westwood

  • BA (Hons) in Professional Development in Counselling.
  • Diploma in Counselling at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Certificate in Counselling.
  • Certificate in Counselling Theory.
  • CRB Checked (Criminal Records Bureau)My name is Nicola and I am a warm empathetic person and as a therapist I have been committed to supporting my clients since 2005. I believe that a good strong therapeutic relationship is vital to the counselling process and that everyone is unique. I work at Cornerstone as a Therapist, Supervisor and Centre Co-ordinator. I began work as a counsellor at Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Service in 2011 and my current role is as Assessment Counsellor. Much of my training and experience is of working with Trauma, Disassociate Issues and with clients who experience somatic pain.

    I have previously worked as a Therapist at South Yorkshire Eating Disorders and Together Women Project. In 2018 I began working with Snowdrop Project.

    I have training and interest in different forms of therapy: 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 client. I have experience and training in 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 or parts of themselves are in conflict.

    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.

    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 connected way of life. It provides you with the opportunity to find your own solutions to personal emotional problems.

    Domestic abuse.
    Eating disorders.
    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 Addiction
    Attachement Issues
    Psycho-somatic Issues (body pain)

    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 per session.