I am a qualified counsellor with several years counselling experience. I trained as a humanistic/ existential counsellor.
I believe in working holistically, encompassing the whole client, psychologically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I do not believe a person is their diagnosis, or their problems, instead I prefer to focus on the person as a unique individual with life experiences. My role is to support them as they find ways to live with, manage or overcome any issues they may be experiencing.
I believe in person centred care, which places each and every client at the centre of their care.
I am an integrative counsellor, utilising Person-Centred Therapy, and elements of DBT, Transactional Analysis, CBT, Existential Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, and Feminist Therapy, which are adapted to each client. I am also LGBT aware, trauma informed and multiculturally aware. This means that you receive therapy tailored for you and your needs.
I predominantly work with addiction and recovery, and have experience working with ADHD and neurodiversity, domestic abuse, trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, kleptomania, hoarding, loss and grief, boundary setting, communication problems, and self-harm.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in the care industry for over 28 years, in various settings from, elderly care to working with long term institutionalised mental health care. I believe that this has afforded me with a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with people, and the ability to build effective working therapeutic relationships.
Taking the first step in seeking therapy can be daunting, and takes courage on your part, so well done in taking that step, I look forward to working with you, and feel privileged to be a part of your journey.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
BACP Therapist - Registered Member MBACP #386992
Nina is very professional, kind and patient. She takes pride in really listening to you and understanding you. She’s provided guidance and has helped me greatly in coping with trauma. She’s made me understand certain aspects and guided to towards a path where I understand why I feel a certain way and how to work around it. Greatly recommed! ❤️
Written on Feb 11, 2024 after therapy with Nina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Absolute gem, human and gets it. Very few hero’s like her left in the industry
Written on Jan 06, 2024 after therapy with Nina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd
I've had many therapists over the years so was skeptical about what more could be done for me but I like how Nina gives me space to explore things like a real person. I've had a lot of therapy that feels like they are just ticking exercises off a list but Nina lets me move between different areas as needed while helping me to ground myself and giving me exercises that are manageable between our sessions. I'm already feeling an impact and am looking forward to where we go next.
Written on Nov 18, 2023 after therapy with Nina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
Nina is a consummate professional. She possesses an extraordinary ability to listen—not just hear, but truly listen—with a kind of empathy and understanding that is exceedingly rare. Her years of experience are clearly evident in how she navigates each session, yet she carries none of the haughtiness. She approaches each session with a fresh perspective, never relying on a one-size-fails-all methodology.
What stands out most about Nina is her authentic compassion. She has this innate ability to make you feel seen, heard, and valued. She has a wonderful knack for striking a balance between validating your feelings and challenging you to confront uncomfortable truths. I never felt judged; instead, I felt empowered to open up layers of myself I didn’t even know existed.
She employs a range of techniques and tools, from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to mindfulness exercises, all of which are tailored to your unique needs and challenges. Her expertise isn't rigid or confined to textbooks; it's flexible, adaptive, and deeply rooted in a holistic understanding of human psychology.
I'm very happy that I was matched with Nina and I'm sure that anyone similar to me would too
Written on Oct 31, 2023 after therapy with Nina for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, and anger management
Nina is a very gentle, warm support, who I felt really listened to me. In a short space of time she gave me strength and support to change issues in my life which were making me unhappy, and I will continue to build on the skills she has taught me.
Written on Aug 16, 2023 after therapy with Nina for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Nina has been a constant support since our first session. I know she understands me and she always provides the insight I need. My family and friends all know how much of a help she's been for me.
Written on Jul 31, 2023 after therapy with Nina for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, and relationship issues