Welcome 

Currently all my sessions are online via Zoom. I offer you a unique blend of counselling and hypnotherapy. You may choose to see me for counselling or hypnotherapy, or between us we may decide that a combination of both therapies will help you the most.

Counselling can help you make sense of the way you are feeling and help you find ways to move forward. From my personal experience and from my 5 years experience of working with clients, I know that talking with a therapist really helps, especially if you feel you haven’t been truly listened to before.

However, you might have a very specific issue that is causing you distress and in this case hypnotherapy can help you change how you think and feel about the situation and yourself, helping you to live a calmer, more confident life.

About me

When I was younger I had little confidence. I am naturally quiet and for a lot of the time I was dominated by most people around me. I felt isolated at times and was afraid to speak up about anything. Showing emotions felt scary so I learned to hide them. I didn’t trust my feelings or believe in myself. I couldn’t find my voice.

 

I remember visiting a counsellor in my thirties, after being persuaded by a friend. Little did I know that the one session I had would be life changing. As I described how I was feeling and things that had happened in my life, the counsellor said something I will never forget. ‘It sounds like you’ve jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.’ In that moment I realised that that was exactly how I felt. 

 

More than that I felt validated, heard, respected, seen, included and visible for what felt like the first time in my life. This moment was the beginning of the new chapters in my life. I realised that I did have a voice and I could begin to believe in myself. It was a small seedling of hope which began years ago and has continued to develop and grow. 

 

There have been doubts and setbacks along my journey into my new future. My confidence had been severely knocked in the past by bullying and I know now that I have been through periods of depression. Heading into the new unknown was a challenge for me. I was changing long established ways of thinking and behaving. 

 

Slowly, by reading, talking to friends, and counselling, both personal and in training, I began to believe and trust in myself. I came to realise that what I’d been through was emotional abuse. I also know that it is possible to recover from the invisible wounds it creates.

 

Now I’m drawn to helping people who suffered from this too, so that they can recognise their own emotional abuse and begin to recover. I am passionate about helping people find their voice, feel valued, develop their self-awareness, understanding and confidence so they can believe and trust in themselves. Read more...

Nicola Thompson

Dip. Couns HPD Cert. Gestalt
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We will meet person to person via Zoom from my private counselling room. I will listen to what is troubling you and help you to understand your thoughts and feelings.

Together we can explore the difficulties you have, be it stress, anxiety, depression, feeling like an imposter or anything else, and find ways to move you forward.

Hypnotherapy can help you take positive steps to change unwanted habits, sleep better, feel more confident, lose weight while eating more healthily, manage your anxiety or shake off that phobia.

 

 I will guide you into a state of deep relaxation, and then give you positive suggestions and ideas specifically tailored to the positive changes you wish to make.

Imposter Syndrome - what is it?

It's the feeling or thought that you are not as good, talented, or skilled as everyone else and soon you will be found out. This

feeling of not being good enough can affect your confidence, your work and your relationships..  

 

If this sounds like you, remember - you are not the only one! And help is here! Take my course - Combat Imposter Syndrome - and feel good about yourself again.

Do you feel faint at the sight of needles or the thought of an injection? Around 10% of people have a needle phobia. You are NOT just 'being silly'

Needle phobia is unlike any other fear or phobia. It is often associated with fainting and can be inherited. 

I can help you overcome your fear of needles or injections with techniques to calm your mind and prepare your body for any needle treatment

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