Practice OPEN during Covid-19 in person - safety measures in place - by phone + Skype
I offer you a friendly, genuine, professional and very experienced & effective service.
My interactive approach, is tailored to your individual needs to help you to: understand yourself and others more fully, work through pain and patterns, make the changes in your feelings and thinking and behaviour, which you want to make.
• You are in safe hands: as I have over 25 years of experience of making a difference to peoples lives • You can be assured by my credentials: I am a senior BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, registered with UKCP, with a Masters in Psychology • In addition you get from me up-to-date knowledge, as I train others in counselling and psychotherapy as senior lecturer at University and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy • Plus: with me you can get to work with a whole-hearted professional: I am immersed in the field, e.g. also through presenting at national and international conferences (Australia, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, USA, +online).
Above all: I am human and talk with you in a warm, sensitive, compassionate and natural way. For me you are not a standard 'case', you are a unique person. I am here to help you, to access your own inner potential, to understand your life's lessons, to find your own answers and to experience deep contentment in living the life you know you could live.
The events which have unfolded over the past two years affect us in different ways:
Some of us feel unsettled, worried and anxious for themselves or for the lives of family and friends with underlying health-issues. Some sadly have lost a loved one through Covid-19, others sadly lost a loved one through vaccine complications.
My deepest condolences and sympathies to all who are affected.
Some feel comforted by facts such as: in 2020 the average age of someone dying in England with Covid was 83 years old, with an average life-expectancy of 81.26 years (in 2018).
Some feel puzzled about the focus of the world upon Covid-19, when during the same time far more people die e.g. through smoking, or alcohol, heart-attacks, cancer. Understaffed and underfunded health services result in delayed diagnosis or treatment causing further pain for far too many.
Some people feel angry as they lost trust in politicians and media to tell the facts, e.g. given that some of the statistics don’t make sense, with reports of increases in cases in the UK, compared to times when far less tests were done; or puzzled when comparing the deaths of 2020 to those of 2021, why worldwide since the begin of vaccinations the number of deaths did not decline but even increased by 50%.
Some feel saddened, that the media focus upon 'cases' and 'deaths' but leave out to mention that over 99% of the population is healthy - as if health has been taken out of the equation. Some wonder where is the humanity in ‘cases’ when we do not talk about human beings.
Others feel a weird sense of calm and relief that something had to change in our world with its focus upon material things, and finding themselves less interested in consumerism.
Some embark on practicing mindfulness, endeavouring to come away from these times with meaningful insights about the lives we live and take at times for granted. Some feel a sense of increasing care and concern emerging for our planet, for humankind, for loved ones and for more balance within ourselves.
Many more feelings are evoked, including opposing feelings and feelings of division.
Some of us feel a mixture of the above.
With this message I would like to reassure you, that during these intense times I remain committed to the work I love, to working with you.
Your well-being and safety are central and at the heart of my decision making.
Currently (January 2022) I offer you appointments IN PERSON - with adherence to government safety guidelines and best practice measures in place (more details will be sent before you arrange an appointment) and appointments can also be BY SKYPE.
I continue to be committed to equality: of race, religion, sexual orientation, health choices, philosophy of life, ...
And I am here to assist you in making the choices which are right for you, to assist you to fulfil your potential and actualise who you really are.
Keep looking after yourself and others, keep connecting with yourself, others and nature,
N i c o l a
I am a: Psychologist - Psychotherapist - Counsellor - Lecturer -Supervisor - Consultant
• Dipl.-Psych. - MSc - Masters in Psychology (specialised in: Clinical Psychology; Counselling Psychology; and Educational Psychology)
• PGDipHE - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education
• MBACP (Senior Accredited) - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
• UKCP Registered - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
• Member MBPsS - British Psychological Society
• Fellow FHEA - Higher Education Academy
• Member of AHP - American Association for Humanistic Psychology
• Member of WAPCEPC - World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counselling
• Member ADPCA- Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach.
I offer my services for psychotherapy and counselling in St Albans, Hertfordshire - Greater London.
Also offered: clinical supervision for counselling and psychotherapy in St Albans. Research Supervision.
I am trained in humanistic person-centred counselling and psychotherapy (under the late Prof. Dr. Reinhard Tausch, friend and professional colleague of the founder of the approach, Prof. Dr. Carl Rogers).
For over 25 years I have successfully helped individuals and couples.
For your peace of mind I want you to know: To my knowledge I have not had any symptoms of the coronavirus (or other contagious disease). I feel very healthy and in balance of body-mind-spirit, looking after my wellbeing and am happy to continue our sessions in person (safety measures in place), or if you prefer by Skype.
Please call me on: 01727-750088 or
email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a session to take place
in person or via Skype.
My practice is open for anyone, vaccinated or not vaccinated. Your personal choices matter here!
If you are unable to find a place to yourself where you can’t be overheard by others, you might consider e.g. a garage, garden-shed, or your car – an option others have taken in the past.
If you can’t think of ways to make it work, call me and we can discuss your options and best way forward.
Please make sure that you are in a room where you can not be overheard or disturbed by others. Reason for this: to create an environment of confidentiality for you to feel safe and comfortable to speak with me about anything in your session much the same way as you do when we meet face-to-face.
In person sessions are currently possible and I will email you the safety measures before the first session, so you can make an informed choice should you prefer video sessions.
To emulate the in-person experience you may find it helpful to not smoke during your session time and not watch the TV or computer in the background. This is not a chit chat, this is your therapeutic session. In turn, I will be sitting in the consulting room on the same place as always.
Should you have booked a couple-/joint-session and you are at different places, we can have a conference Skype call. I have good experiences with others of this option.
Throughout my therapeutic work of over 25 years, I have followed strict guidelines for hygiene, safety, respect and well-being.
Currently I’ve added: an air-purifier in the consulting-room (which claims to have caught 99.97% of the H1N1 virus), one-use plant-based recyclable cups, hand-sanitizer at the entrance and two in the consulting room and a bowl for receiving your payment.
Please inform yourself and follow responsible guidelines and common sense.
DO I NEED A TEST TO BE SEEN BY YOU?
It is up to you if you feel safer with a test, or if you find it distressing to be continuously testing without experiencing symptoms. I won't be checking any certificates, or health passes.
Our therapeutic relationship is based on mutual trust. As such I trust you that you take responsibility for yourself - and others - and that if you acutely suffer from any easily transmissible disease, have fleas or head lice, etc, that you won't attend in person but rather on Skype, . The same applies to myself.
DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK?
Again it is up to you, how you feel best. Part of therapy and especially humanistic therapy as I practice it, is that I rely in the sessions on your words, on what you don't say, as well as your facial expressions. Hence I ask you to book a Skype session should you wish to wear a mask or should wish me to wear one.
DO I HAVE TO BE VACCINATED TO ATTEND SESSIONS IN PERSON?
I believe that if we as a society want to improve our well-being and connections with each other, its best to minimise discrimination. Thus I welcome you whatever your health choices are, whatever the colour of your skin, sexual orientation, your background, career, goals, purpose, religion, spirituality, philosophy of life, ...
As always: if you are unable to be available for your booked session, let me know as soon as you can and with a MINIMUM of 72 hours notice – i.e. 3 days - otherwise the full fee is payable.
Please bear in mind if you need to change your appointment due to unforeseen circumstances, I always endeavour – especially in the current global situation - to offer you an alternative for the same week at no additional cost. However please be aware that at times I have no alternative availability.
Thank you, for your understanding.
In the hopefully unlikely event that you are admitted to A&E, I will not charge you for the missed session and we continue the sessions when you are out of hospital.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
Look after your overall well-being - physical health, psychological well-being, mindful approach to life.
Some people have asked me for advice, what you could do to stay safe. Use your common sense. Consider the guidelines as given by the government. Consult your GP, NHS information and your pharmacist as well as alternative places of information. I am not in a position to provide medical advice, as I am not a medically trained professional. I studied some Health Psychology during my Masters in Psychology as it is in my view important to have a holistic attitude to mental health.
Hence here some general comments about measures, which research I have come across over the years, has indicated to be useful for peoples overall well-being. Please note, that none of this is directly aimed at you personally and you should consult your GP, and your overall life-experience, also: none of this is proven to be useful for the coronavirus and is not targeted at this specifically, again, please consult your doctor or pharmacists or the NHS helpline on 111.
Research on well-being indicates that diminished physical health can impact our mental well-being and vice versa: feeling mentally unwell can impact our physical health. The immune system is often described as playing a key role. A whole field of research is dedicated to this, called: psychoimmunology. Helping and promoting our immune system can help us physically and psychologically and make us more resilient. I am happy to explore with you your thoughts and ponderings on how you can improve your overall well-being.
My experience especially over the past two years has shown, that it can be useful to be on a ‘news-diet’ – by the way in the UK over 680 different newspapers are sold, many daily or weekly, mostly reporting on doom and gloom and crimes and something negative. There is only one tiny ‘positive news’ newspaper. The human mind has a tendency to focus upon the negative. Hence its helpful to limit exposure to negative news. During these past two years many of my clients found it helpful to embark on old – or new – activities, e.g.: learning a language, dancing, watching comedy, going for walks, helping the elderly, …
Whilst hygiene and mindful distancing have their place, in well-being research I have consulted, what strikes me most is: the interaction of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual/ transpersonal/ metaphysical well-being.
In addition to offering you my services in private practice, I am also registered health care provider in psychotherapy for several MEDICAL HEALTHCARE INSURANCES:
• Exeter Family Friendly
• Helix Health
• Vitality Health (formerly: PruHealth)
• WPA and WPA Protocol
Please make sure you arrange with your insurance the referral details.
Please ask me about other insurances, we might be able realively swiftly to arrange insurance cover for sessions with me.
63 Doggetts Way, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2NF, GB
phone: (01727) 750088
Mondays-Thursdays: first appointment starts at 9am - last appointment ends at 5pm
Mondays-Fridays between 9am-5pm.
Or leave a message any day and time and I call you back.
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For your protection and to honour the trust of your working relationship, all information you'll give me is treated by me strictly confidential.
All sessions are confidential, including your initial phone or email enquiry.
In the rare event, that a breach of confidentiality would be required for your own safety, due to strong evidence-type grounds, that your or an other persons life is in serous danger, I will always endeavour to obtain your consent first before such a breach.
Should you ever wish that I do release some information to a third party, such release will be discussed beforehand and agreed upon between us in writing, which serves to safeguard against any misunderstandings.
This statement has been made in adherence with the Code of Ethics of the professional bodies I am member of. I am compliant with the UK and EU GDPR data privacy laws.