Nicola Banks

Nicola Banks


Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English

Contact information

Phone number
07387620416

Contact Nicola

Therapist - Andover

Andover SP11
07387620416
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Hello, I’m Nicky. A warm welcome to my profile.

Are you looking to reduce stress or anxiety in an area of your life?

Do you want a healthier relationship with yourself, family members or friends?

Would you like to explore the impact of a traumatic experience?

Is your wish to be heard and understood without fear of criticism or judgement?

The partnership between a counsellor and client is key to believing that change is possible, with open and honest communication, mutual trust and respect all necessary factors to ensure a successful outcome. As your counsellor, I would work collaboratively with you to explore a different, improved way of living – such as finding more effective ways of coping, gaining new perspectives or problem solving. I offer an empathic, confidential and supportive environment, ‘shining a torch’ on your future path to help you move forward with confidence and clarity.


Practice description

I adhere to the BACP ethical framework, thereby ensuring that your wellbeing is always my highest priority. I have a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (based on Transactional Analysis), a theory which explores why we think, feel and act the way we do.

I have particular experience working with women who have experience of domestic abuse, either as a survivor or as a current sufferer of coercive control, through my voluntary work as a counsellor at a women’s refuge. Past client issues include chronic illness, depression, marital problems, emotional eating, grief and loss and feelings of being ‘stuck’. I am passionate about helping clients to develop greater self-esteem, freedom of choice in the future, and hope.

I have always enjoyed working with people through relationship building, having been an Account Manager and also a parent governor at a local school. 

My first session

My objective for the first session is for you to leave feeling glad that you have taken the first step on your counselling journey, you have a basic understanding of the counselling process and that you feel safe and comfortable working with me.  

I am currently only able to offer telephone or online counselling so I would send the contract and necessary paperwork to you in advance, to be returned before our first session.  

This first session has a number of necessary elements to it - discussing the contract and the required commitment by both client and counsellor to ensure that the counselling relationship is fruitful.  We would also look at your reasons for registering for counselling - however broad - and what would you like to explore first, the main issue on your mind.  Confidentiality and safeguarding are key topics for the first session and also it is important for me to explain the counselling process, to manage your expectations moving forward.  

A risk assessment is also undertaken, through our conversation but also from the completion of the CORE outcome measure form which ascertains how you are have been feeling over the past week; I review this every six to eight weeks with clients to help illustrate progression in mental wellbeing or areas that show a need to potentially review the issues being discussed.  

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Health related issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Cognitive, Humanistic, Person centred, Phenomenological, Relational, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling