Amanda Nicholson

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Poole

Poole BH17
Sessions from £25.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I am a sensitive and empathic, approachable and experienced (5yrs) Humanistic Integrative (LGBTQ+ affirmative) Counsellor (I work with everyone not just LGBTQ+ people). I also integrate CBT into my practice particularly when working with anxiety. I have facilitated and established numerous successful Wellbeing Support Groups for Dorset Mind over a five year period including 2 x LGBTQ peer-support talking groups and anxiety and wellbeing support groups. Throughout this time I worked with people who have dissociated or experienced a variety of responses to trauma.  

My private counselling practice was based at Over the Rainbow LGBT+ Sexual Health Clinic in Bournemouth for 5 years where I had the privilege of working with a variety of LGBTQ people experiencing numerous Wellbeing Challenges including: Post Traumatic Injury, OCD, Depression, Social Anxiety and Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder.

I have worked with people who have experienced trauma and dissociation including people experiencing PTSD, OCD, EUPD, Social Anxiety and Chronic Depression. 

Many people struggle to identify, connect with, explore and express deep-seated emotions due to feeling or being made to feel different or unacceptable by society, family or friends. This is particularly common with the LGBTQ+ community.

I provide a safe space to help people connect with, explore and express their feelings at their own pace and this process often helps people to recognise that their feelings and experiences are not unusual. 

I can offer a free initial assessment to meet and discuss what has prompted you to consider having counselling and to see whether you feel comfortable having me. I provide a holistic, sensitive confidential and safe space, free from judgement and shame so people feel able to connect with their deepest truest selves and find new, helpful ways of coping.

My first session

I offer a free initial assessment of 45 minutes through the usual formats (Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp Video and Phone currently)

The assessment gives us a chance to meet and to discuss how counselling may be beneficial for you. It also enables you to consider if you think you may feel comfortable working with me and enables me to assess whether I am  

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Eclectic, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

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

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