Nikki Shephard Counselling
FdSc | MBACP
"If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic" - Irvin Yalom

Welcome to Nikki Shephard Counselling

  1. Are you feeling low?
    Experiencing anxiety or depression? Perhaps struggling with difficult emotions?
  2. Maybe you feel stuck?
    Can't see an end in sight?
  3. Tried talking about it?
    Talking through your problems can enable you to start making sense of things and, if necessary, make changes.
Taking the first step to attend counselling can be daunting; I am available to answer any queries you may have about counselling and what to expect. If you decide you would like to proceed you can make an initial 30 minute appoinment; this gives you the opportunity to meet with me, explore your reasons for counselling and discuss what you hope to achieve.

Some of the areas of counselling I deal with are abuse, addiction, bereavement, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and stress. 
What is Counselling?
Nikki Shephard Counselling
Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and safe environment.​

A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes) and to help deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you may have.

Counselling aim to help you deal with and oversome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable by providing a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. A counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They will not usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems. (NHS Choices)

You can find out more about mindfullness, creative working below and what to expect during your session below. For more information about Nikki Shephard counselling and where I work click the read more button below. 
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What To Expect During Your Session
I practice the Person Centred Theory, which accepts client's life experiences and choices without judgement. Person centred theory states that as individuals we have three components, which make up our self concept:

  • Self-image
  • Self-esteem
  • The ideal-self

If given the right opportunities, i.e. a therapeutic relationship, clients are able to move towards self-acceptance, change and growth.

I will offer you a regular weekly appointment time in a non-judgemental, safe and confidential space. During this time, I will encourage you to express the difficult emotions and feelings that you are struggling with. By safely exploring your feelings you will be able to gain insight and understanding of yourself and your thought processes better, as well as indentifying ways of finding your own solution to problems.

I do not give advice but will help you on your journey by facilitating your understanding and supporting you to find the answers that are right for you.

Mindfulness & Creativity

  1. Mindfulness
    Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation; a typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. The practice of Mindfulness has been shown to have a positive influence on health , well-being and happiness.
  2. Creative Working
    With your permission I may introduce some creative working into your session; this could be by simply using crayons, felts or natural objects such as pebbles or shells, or objects such as Russian Dolls. Using creativity in counselling can help you to express what you are feeling when you perhaps may not be able to find the words. The images you create may help you see yourself or your situation better, leading to greater understanding and acceptance of yourself.
  1. Carl Rogers
    Life, at its best, is a flowing, changing process in which nothing is fixed.
  2. Carl Rogers
    We cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are until we thoroughly accept what we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed.
  3. Carl Rogers
    We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.
  4. I'm thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength.