Nicola BiggsIntegrative counsellor
Some days life can just feel too hard and overwhelming and perhaps things that were once manageable start to become really difficult. It can be like ploughing through treacle, never really achieving what you want to, struggling to feel joy and happiness. Yet, at the same time, others around you seem to be managing just fine. Even if you are surrounded by family and friends, it’s not always easy to share how you really feel and this can sometimes leave you feeling confused as to what to do. You may feel isolated or lonely. If these are feelings you experience then you are not alone. 1 in 4 people will struggle with their mental health and well-being every year, especially with anxiety, depression or grief. I can offer you a unique space where there is the freedom and the support to really look at and understand what’s going on for you. Here, there is no judgement, you will receive care, kindness and a genuine commitment from me to support you in a positive way with your well-being. It is important to me that we find a way of working together that feels right for you, one that you feel comfortable with. I draw on a very person-centred approach to counselling as valuing and understanding you and your experience is really important to me as well as to the counselling process.
I initially entered the world of counselling working as a support worker for Child Bereavement UK.
During my time volunteering for the charity I was a be-friender for young people who had lost a sibling. Later I trained to become a support worker for group sessions and would work with children over a course of workshops who had lost a parent or sibling.
From January 2018 I worked as a Counsellor in a Grammar School. My primary focus was working with the Sixth Form Students around exam stress and social anxiety. I also had the opportunity to work with students aged between 11-15 years experiencing emotional difficulties around family break ups, bereavement, self harm and anxiety. I really enjoy working with young people and am able to offer creative ways to work when talking was a challenge or became too much.
Wanting to expand my experience I moved to working with adult clients at Mind in Aylesbury. This work has been rich and varied including working with addiction, carers and elderly clients experiencing loneliness and isolation. Anxiety and depression are often primary presenting issues but through our work we are able to identify other events in life that have triggered or continued the difficult emotions and feelings that are creating imbalance in their everyday life.
I am now also working with veterans & their families who are experiencing PTSD and relationship difficulties.
I have the upmost respect for all my clients and the courage they show to turn up and face their fears. I am very passionate and committed to my work and feel inspired when I see and hear the positive changes and progress my clients make and feel during the course of their counselling.
If you decide that counselling with me is something that interests you or you would like to find out more about it, then please contact me. It would be a privilege to work along-side you and be a part of your journey.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
50 minute individual session £45
60 minute couples session £65
90 minute couples session £100
Concessions available for students
Training and qualifications
Level 5 Diploma in Pyschodynamic Counselling (due to complete 2021)
CBT for Pain Management
Certificate in Working with Couples & Families
Certificate in Working with Perfectionism in Young People
Diploma in Mindfulness
Level 4 Diploma in Theraputic Counselling
Level 3 Counselling Studies
Level 2 Counselling Skills