Nicola Ovington

Nicola Ovington


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07847092860

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Therapist - Bishop Auckland

Bishop Auckland DL14
07847092860
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I am currently offering face to face and telephone counselling sessions. 

I have available day time appointments during the week between 9 am and 1pm for face to face work and between 9am and 4pm for telephone work. I also have limited availability for evening session  at 6 pm. For appointments outside of these time please contact me and I can confirm whether I have any availability. 

There may be limited availability during School holidays.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello I'm Nicola, 

I believe every client has a drive to get the support they need when they are ready. Finding a therapist who is the right fit is the key to successful counselling work: feeling safe, comfortable and supported in every counselling sessions is essential. In my work, I ensure the relationship I have with my clients is warm, non-judgemental and honest. I aim adapt my style of counselling to each individual client, sometimes working creatively to offer alternative ways to help client's explore their issues and find their own resolutions. I also know how powerful it is to be listened to and heard or to be given the opportunity and understanding to sit in silence. My work aims to respect and support your own knowledge of what is right for you and to empower you to make the changes you need to make for your own unique situation.

I decided to retrain as a Counsellor after seeking help myself following a sudden bereavement. My training highlighted the fact that I had always been drawn to jobs where I was able to offer support to others people at very difficult times in their lives. I qualified as a Person-centred Counsellor in August 2019.  Prior to my qualification I worked on the crisis helpline for Rape Crisis, after undergoing their in house training, for a year. During my training I provided counselling support to carers via a local charity,  Durham County Carers and I also supported children at a local primary school. Currently I work primarily in my own private practice and I am also a moderator the counselling courses at North Lakes Counselling and Training in Cumbria.

When a client initially contacts me I offer an initial 20-30 minute telephone call in order that we can assess whether we are a good fit and whether I have the right skills to meet your needs. I review our work together regularly and encourage my client's to be honest about their needs and expectations.

Practice description

I started my practice in early 2020 after creating a purpose built Counselling room in our large and private garden. Due to the pandemic my vision and plans had to adapt and after completing additional online and telephone counselling training I began working with client's remotely offering telephone counselling sessions.  I decided to return to face to face sessions in March 2022 from my garden retreat. I still continue to offer telephone sessions as I find this way of working has many positive aspects - it's convenient, it feels less intimidating for clients and also has an way of allowing client's to feel more able to share their feelings and fears. 

Reduced rates are available for student counsellors, please confirm you are currently training to be a counsellor when you make your initial enquiry.

My first session

The practical side of our working together will usually be discussed at our initial telephone call prior to your first session. All sessions are prepaid, 48 hours in advance of your session.

During your first session we would usually spend approximately 10-15 minutes discussing and agreeing our working contract. Once this formality is out of the way the session time will be yours to use however you feel is most appropriate for you. Sometimes client's like to get me "up to speed" with what is happening for them or share their reasons for seeking emotional support. Sometimes the first session can be a much needed chance to offload all the emotions and issues they are facing. My way of working believes that the client is the expert in themselves. It is my role to stay with the client, work at whatever pace they choose and work with whatever the client brings. This first session has no rules, if you find it difficult to share initially, we can take time for you to build your trust in me. If you discover now is not the right time for you that is fine too. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Person centred

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, Time-limited