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Nicola Stephenson

Classes taught:

  • Psychotherapy

Here you will find all the information you need regarding the counselling and psychotherapy services I offer and how I can help individuals struggling with a broad range of psychological and emotional issues. If you have any questions or would like to go ahead and book your free introductory session please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07954 428214 or e mail me at nicola.stephenson@yahoo.co.uk. I can offer appointments either at my home in Elizabeth Avenue in Hove or, in the near future, in a private therapy room at the Dynamic Hot Yoga studio.

About Therapy

Life by its very nature can be extremely challenging and from time to time we all need help coming to terms and dealing with difficult aspects of our lives. Therapy is a way of gaining professional support from a registered therapist who can offer you a safe and confidential space in which to explore your problems. Within the safety of the psychotherapeutic relationship you will have the opportunity to tell your story. Whether you wish to address a specific difficult issue or talk about more general feelings, the simple act of sharing your struggles can be tremendously healing. Being heard and metaphorically held by an empathic therapist, who understands and appreciates how incredibly difficult life can be, often brings immediate relief.

Or you may just be feeling lost, down-trodden and need help to regain your zest for and direction in life. You may have lost your enthusiasm for your relationship or your career or any other aspect of your life and wish to explore new avenues. You may simply wish to embark upon an fascinating, exploratory journey of self-discovery in a bid to become more self aware and to accelerate your general personal growth and development.

Whichever it is - it’s vital to find a psychotherapist who feels right for you. Key to positive therapy outcomes is the quality of the bond you are able to form with your therapist - and this is a two-way connection. For this reason I offer a free initial consultation so that we can both get a feel for how it might be to work together. If at that point you wish to continue we can arrange a follow up appointment and weekly sessions thereafter.

About My Therapeutic Approach

Rooted in the humanistic model my approach involves a kind and respectful exploration of your experiences with a particular focus on your emotions. Overtime this can help you achieve a greater level of understanding and awareness regarding the way you currently live your life and ways in which you could perhaps change or improve your situation or circumstances. Changing the way you perceive the challenges you face can sometimes be enough to completely transform your life. A key goal is to help you get in touch with your own personal values and objectives so that you can make better choices for yourself and eventually achieve a more satisfying existence.

The humanistic model privileges freedom and personal responsibility and the philosophical belief that everybody deserves the right to determine their own path in life. It is also based on the belief that difficult emotions such as anxiety and anger are a necessary and potentially helpful force in our lives and, if recognised and handled well, can guide us towards more authentic and fulfilling lives. We live in a society which bombards us with messages about how we should and ought to live and conduct our lives. Overtime we become estranged from ourselves and lose sight of our own personal beliefs and values. Therapy can help you get back on track, allowing you the time and space to rediscover who you are and how you want to live your life.

About Me

I have always been interested in the broad area of psychological well being, an interest which continues to guide and inform both my professional and academic pursuits. As a European Business (BA Hons) graduate and having retrained more recently as a Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (PG Dip), I have many years professional experience coaching, mentoring and training individuals, both in and outside the work place. In addition to running my own private practice I also work for a variety of counselling agencies and charities, such as Breakeven for example, where I assist clients with addictive gambling behaviour.   

My work is heavily influenced by the subject of philosophy, particularly Phenomenology and Existentialism, cornerstones of the Humanistic model of psychotherapy. (It must be stressed however that no knowledge whatsoever of these subjects is required on the part of the client in order to be able to engage with and benefit from my sessions.)

I am currently studying for a Masters of Science in Psychotherapy at The University of Brighton. As part of my continual professional development I regularly attend other professional training courses and workshops covering a broad range of topics. As a member of the BACP I adhere to the BACP ethical framework of best practice. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of Issues or problems can you help with?
The following is a list of common reasons clients seek therapy. This is not, however, intended to be an exhaustive list. Any issue or problem that is causing emotional pain or distress is worth contacting me about.

relationship issues including family conflict and marital affairs and divorce, anxiety and/or depression, stress, panic attacks, trauma including sexual, physical or emotional abuse, eating disorders, sexual identity or gender issues, infertility, miscarriage, bereavement, suicidal thoughts, isolation and loneliness including retirement issues, addictive behaviours, and life coaching.

What do I need to do to get started?
All you have to do is give me a call (leaving a message with your name and number if I am unable to answer) or send me an e mail with your preferred contact information. I will get back to you as soon as possible so that we can have a brief telephone conversation if you are undecided as to how to proceed or arrange your free introductory session.

How much does therapy cost?
I offer the first introductory session free of charge. All subsequent sessions will be charged at £45. I reserve two weekly appointments at the lower fee of £35 for students and those on low-income.

What happens if I miss or cancel a scheduled session?
In order for you to get the most out of therapy you need to attend regularly. For this reason I generally reserve a 50-minute slot for you at the same time each week. I do charge for missed sessions as well as those cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, but will otherwise try to re-schedule any appointments that you have difficulty attending.I request 14 days notice for any holidays taken. Likewise, I will give you 14 days notice for any holidays I intend to take.

How many sessions will I need?
I offer both short-term and long-term therapy. It is often difficult to know how many sessions a client will need and there are many factors to take into account. This will form part of our initial discussion. We may decide it is best to stick to a specified number of sessions, six is the minimum generally required to achieve any significant improvement, or we may decide to keep the therapy open-ended, in which case we would agree together, overtime, when might be an appropriate time to end. 

What about ethics and confidentiality?
All sessions are private and confidential. I am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists whose code of ethics I am obliged to follow. All records are kept in line with the Data Protection Act 1988.