Remote counselling sessions available, please see price list below and email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01934 643262 leave us a voicemail and we will get back to you.
Emma is currently full but will have space available from the end of July.
Emma is an integrative counsellor, this means that she is trained in a number of counselling approaches. Being integrative allows flexibility in responding to the needs of clients and also a flexibility of thought about the issues that are discussed in counselling. Emma has a cohesive framework for integrating her practice which is underpinned with person centred ethos.
The person centred approach to counselling is a respectful way of working with clients that recognises that while Emma is a fully trained and skilled professional, you, the client are always the expert in your own life and lived experience.
Emma works relationally. Working relationally means that at times you and your therapist will discuss how it feels to be together in the process. This helps explore and improve communication, look for patterns, and to make sure the therapy is on track. Working relationally can be challenging for both client and therapist, but the benefits for client’s self-concept and relationships outside of therapy make it worthwhile.
Emma prioritises psychological safety, and works in a compassionate, trauma informed way combining deep understanding of early development and attachment with the ways that stress and trauma can affect all of us both physically and psychologically.
Emma is also particularly interested in the restorative power of imagination. Where clients feel comfortable, Emma enjoys bringing creativity into sessions both with visualisations and with drawing and making. Another important aspect of Emma’s work is encouraging clients to explore self compassion and self care, supporting them to live better long after therapy is completed.
Emma is an experienced counsellor trained to a post graduate diploma level in integrative counselling and psychotherapy, she studied at the University of South Wales and Iron Mill college in Exeter.
Emma has worked for a number of years at a counselling centre in Somerset, her caseload is varied, but tends towards long term work, she currently works with clients from the domestic violence and care leavers projects as well as clients who contact the service directly.
Emma has worked in mental health, both at a community level and in a multi disciplinary team in a secure psychiatric hospital. Prior to training as a counsellor, Emma worked as an art teacher for adults and a specialist instructor for vulnerable learners in residential settings, in the community and in further education. This has lead her to have a special interest in psychological and physical well-being and the intersections of aspects of our self experience such as neurodiversity, gender identity and culture and how we experience the systems in which we live.
Clients may notice that Emma is severely dyslexic and also has dyspraxia, for Emma, having a hidden disability is a regular reminder that while we all need help sometimes, it is not generally easy to ask. Emma is also a firm believer in self care, she is an amateur painter and loves reading books with a cup of tea.
Emma Nicholson - Integrative Counsellor
HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP
Counselling can help encourage deep positive change in many aspects of our lives, supporting us to take the first steps on new pathways or to appreciate where we are and what we already have.
Counselling can help if you are experiencing:
Anxiety and an inability to cope with everyday life
Depression, panic attacks or stress
Wishing to discuss issues related to neurodiversity such as autism, dyslexia and ADHD
Living with disabilities, illness or chronic pain
Difficulty in dealing with a bereavement or a major change in your life
Lack of confidence and not fulfilling your potential
Experiencing stress or problems related to work
Feelings of isolation and loneliness
A feeling you would benefit from a safe space to talk confidentially
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME?
Sessions are charged at £45 per 50 minute hour, the 50 minute hour allows you to leave the room with confidentiality and helps Emma to complete a little admin for your next session.
Emma offers a free 20 minute initial consultation by zoom or telephone for new clients.
Emma offers a safe and welcoming space for you to focus on the things that are important in your life. Emma is registered with the British association of counsellors and psychotherapists (BACP) and adheres to the BACP ethical framework. Emma is continuously expanding and developing her therapeutic skills through clinical supervision and professional development.
*Like with all other services at Cowan House, we must implement a 24 hour cancellation policy. Therefore if you do need to cancel please ring reception on 01934 643262. If cancellation does not take place within the 24 hours prior to the appointment time, we will be unable to give a refund.