Niki and Dom

Niki

My love of working with people has enabled me to support others within their journey’s  of learning and personal development.

I fell into teaching after gaining a range of experience within different sectors of  care including mental health, learning disability, physical disability and older people. I worked in Further education as a lecturer and department head for 10 years.

Counselling training started after experiencing my own difficulties with anxiety resulting from work related stress and it changed my life. The process of my own personal therapy and training helped to identify patterns I had created in my life. Having this awareness enabled me to start to make the changes.  Working as  a therapist for 11 years, I learn something from each person. I feel a great privilege to be welcomed into a clients life and share in the journey of change.

I support people who have experienced all kinds of difficulties. Bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties are some of the topics I work with.  Setting up and running an online counselling service for an MS charity enabled me to use my knowledge specialism of Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions.  I continue to write and deliver training packages and workshops and  support new and trainee therapists through supervision.

Cooking, yoga, a good dose of comedy and growing our own veggies and fruit keeps me sane!

 Dom

After more than 20 years in the flooring and service industry, I retrained as a counsellor in 2007.  A long held desire to work with and support people on a more personal level. Working with individuals on a daily basis allowed me to develop my ability to form relationships and understand the different perspectives of people I worked with. This soon became the most enjoyable part of my work.

Having spent countless hours on my knees whilst fitting carpet.  I listened to the life story of clients that were isolated or lonely.  This really helped me to see the benefit of just listening empathically.  It set me on course to retrain as a counsellor.

The training for me a life changing experience.  Learning the theories on how we think and feel about the world and ourselves made a lot of sense to me.  Applying those theories to myself and my world allowed me to change the way I saw myself and my situation.  For me, reinforcing the beneficial effects of counselling on a personal level.

I have had the privilege of working with many clients. Work based stress, anxiety and depression,  PTSD related issues, critical and terminal illness, sexual and psychological abuse are just some of the areas I work with.

Working with individuals has allowed me to witness the great changes that people are able to make in their lives and the way they view their situation with a little support, empathy and trust.

Our Approach and Key Aims

We have studied the key core theories of Person Centred, Psychodynamic, CBT and TA. Working from this integrative approach, we feel, allows us to offer a deeper understanding of the influences on human experience and development, how this can affect the whole being of a person and how this in turn can influence responses to the World.

We believe in:

 Building a trusting and supportive relationship which is based on a mutual respect

 Ensuring a safe and confidential space in which you can explore issues without judgement

 Equiping you with the skills and abilities to enable you to continue your journey of self healing outside sessions

 Regular reviews with you to ensure your needs are being met within the therapeutic relationship

Your therapy session is your space and we like to see our role as someone who is there to listen. We support and encourage as well asking the questions that can help you to really focus on your needs and wants.  At times therapy can feel challenging and a little uncomfortable.  This is a normal part of the process which your therapist will support you through.  We cannot “fix” your problems but are there to help guide you in finding the solutions that invariably lie within yourself.

Counselling Approaches

There are various counselling approaches each with their own merit and focus . To see an explanation of the main approaches we use please see the What is counselling page.