I am a qualified and experienced BACP accredited counsellor, supervisor and systemic practitioner working in private practice in South London.
I provide counselling for individuals, couples and families, facilitate individual and group supervision for therapists and run reflective support groups.
My background spans across the NHS, charity sectors and private practice where I’ve developed significant experience in the provision of therapeutic counselling and supervision supporting those facing a wide range of challenges including;
Health related issues;
Long term health conditions;
Work related issues;
And more ….
My private practice is based in West Norwood, South London during weekday evenings. I offer time limited or open-ended counselling to individuals, couples and families in a safe and confidential space.
My way of working is integrative, meaning that my appreciation for different theoretical approaches are combined to enhance my practice and the experience of my clients.
My training in humanistic theories, person centred and psychodynamic approaches, intercultural counselling and systemic family therapy provide me with a rich framework to draw from and establish a suitable fit for the individual needs of each client.
I also offer clinical supervision to qualified professionals and those in training on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Sessions are available on weekday evenings and offered to individual therapists or small groups.
Counselling aims to offer a safe and confidential space for people to talk about their thoughts and feelings with a trained professional. Some people chose to enter counselling because they’re experiencing significant difficulty or distress, however, many simply turn to therapy as a form of self-development or for ongoing support.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a fundamental element in the healing process. As everyone is completely unique, so is each new counsellor and client relationship.
It is through this relationship and the process of counselling that lies the possibility for understanding, change and creativity.
Through the counselling process, I will support you in an exploration of your own experiences in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment, with the hope that you find understanding, meaning and clarity going forward. I will not advise you or give you the answers but will support you in a journey of self-exploration and encouraging autonomy to make decisions and choices for yourself.
Career and Experience
I completed my professional training in 2008, graduating with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. My studies incorporated a range of theoretical perspectives including person centred, psychodynamic and intercultural approaches which have gone on to inform the foundation of my clinical practice.
I went on to complete post graduate training in Systemic Family Therapy (with a specialism in families and couples) in 2013. This deepened my knowledge and understanding of the complexities of relationships and the dynamics that lie between individuals and how communication can enhance the potential for change.
In addition to my private practice my roles have included;
Over 6 years with one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities in the role of senior counsellor & service coordinator for their BACP accredited counselling service. I held shared responsibility for the management of a team of qualified counsellors and trainees on placement and for the provision of training.
Employment with a BACP accredited counselling service in West London, providing clinical assessments and both time limited and long-term counselling for clients referred though the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT) and providing clinical supervision for counsellors on placement.
Supervision for counsellors on placement in a local community counselling service and consultant / group facilitator for a small charity supportive people living with a neurological disorder.
Previous roles have included heading up the services team for a not-for-profit organisation in West London supporting people living with HIV and working as an affiliate counsellor for a work based counselling programme.
Professional Registration and Ethical Practice
I became a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk in 2007 and was awarded accredited status in 2012 having met their professional standards and evidencing over 450 hours of clinical practice. My membership Number is 660246.
As part of my commitment to the profession and my membership of the BACP, I adhere to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. The framework is observed to promote safe and professional counselling and psychotherapy practices and to ultimately protect clients. You can read more about this at by visiting the BACP website http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/
I attend regular clinical supervision and frequently undertake additional Continuing Professional Development through training and workshops.
I am also a registrant on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Registration number 26200). Please note that I appear on both registers as Nicola Berry (Nikki being my preferred shortened name).
I am committed to providing an anti-discriminatory practice, hold adequate professional indemnity insurance and am registered with the ico in order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
General Certificate In Online Counselling, 2016
Certificate in Therapeutic Supervision, 2015
Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice – Families and Couples, 2013
Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice – Families and Couples, 2012
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, 2008
Certificate in Counselling Studies, 2006
Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2005
Nikki Berry Counselling FAQs
My fees are £60 for an individual or £80 for a couple / family for a 50-minute session.
Supervision sessions are charged at £60 for a 50-minute session.
Fees can be paid by cash, cheque or bank transfer and my bank details will be provided once our work commences.
Therapy often works better with limited interruptions; however, it’s natural that you might need to miss your session from time to time or to take a holiday.
I always hold our session time exclusively for you and so if it’s cancelled with short notice, I’m not able to fill the appointment in your absence. For that reason, I therefore have the following cancellation policy;
No charge for planned missed sessions (more than 1 weeks’ notice).
£15 charge for unplanned missed sessions (less than one weeks’ notice).
Full fee for same day unplanned missed sessions.
Part of my commitment to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions includes ensuring that I’m able to provide a private and confidential space for you. Everything that is discussed during our work is kept confidential with only a few, rare exceptions; regarding the prevention of serious harm to yourself or others and regarding the prevention and detection of serious crime. In these exceptional circumstances where I conclude there is no other option than to breach confidentiality, I will make every effort to discuss this with beforehand where possible.
I receive regular clinical supervision, which the BACP describes as, ‘A specialised form of mentoring provided for practitioners responsible for undertaking work with people. Supervision is provided to ensure standards, enhance quality, advance learning, stimulate creativity and support the sustainability and resilience for the work being undertaken’.
Your anonymity is protected when discussing my work with my supervisor , which involves close consultation in an on-going relationship with another professional where I discuss the work with my clients. No identifiable information is provided during these consultations and I ensure that the anonymity of my clients and any other parties are always maintained.