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Welcome

I am a qualified and experienced BACP accredited counsellor, supervisor and systemic practitioner working in private practice in South East 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, schools 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;

  • Abuse;

  • Bereavement;

  • Depression;

  • Difference;

  • Disability;

  • Health related issues;

  • Identity;

  • Long term health conditions;

  • Loss;

  • Self-esteem;

  • Relationships;

  • Sexuality;

  • Stress;

  • Transitions;

  • Work related issues;

  • And more ….

Counselling Practice

My private practice is based in Crystal Palace, South-East London on Thursdays where 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 is 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.

Supervision Practice

I also offer clinical supervision to qualified professionals and those in training on a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis. Sessions are available on Thursdays and offered to individual therapists or small groups.

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About Counselling…

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.

About Nikki

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 / include;

  • Senior Counsellor / Service Coordinator for over 6 years with one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities, holding shared responsibility for the management of a team of qualified counsellors and trainees on placement and for the provision of training

  • Counsellor, Clinical Assessor and Supervisor at a BACP accredited counselling service in West London supporting clients referred though the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT)

  • Clinical Group Supervisor at a local community counselling service

  • Group facilitator for a small charity supporting people living with a neurological disorder.

  • Counsellor at a South London based Youth Service

  • School Counsellor at an independent boy’s school in South London

  • HIV Counsellor for a not-for-profit organisation in West London

  • EAP counsellor for a private health organisation

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).

Qualifications

  • 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

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My Practice

Individual Counselling

I offer face to face counselling sessions for individuals, within a time-limited or open ended basis to suit the needs of the individual.

Counselling for Couples / families

I provide counselling sessions for couples in a relationship, or for two or more family members seeking to enhance their communication and bring about an increased understanding of their unique relationships with one another. Counselling can be provided within a pre-determined time limited number of sessions or on an ongoing basis for as long as is needed.

Counselling Supervision

I offer counselling supervision to individuals or small groups to qualified therapists or those in training.

Reflective Groups

I provide a safe space for groups to come together and reflect upon their working relationships / dynamics / work related issues within your own unique workplace setting.

Introductory Call

I’m able to offer a free 15-minute telephone call within which we can briefly introduce one another and talk about your requirements. If it feels that I could be the right person to work with you and I’m able to offer a time to suit, we can arrange to meet for our initial consultation. If it seems I might not be, we can talk about other options for you.

Initial Consultation

Our initial consultation will provide us with the opportunity to explore what your needs are in more depth and allow us to arrive at a decision about working together. You will have space to talk about the reasons that have brought you to therapy and we will briefly explore your history, your current circumstances and look at your expectations for therapy. You will also have the opportunity to ask me any questions that you might have about counselling or some of the practicalities. If by the end of our discussion we both feel that we’d like to work together we’ll agree a suitable, regular appointment time going forward. However, if it’s felt that another approach or a different counsellor might be more suitable for you, I would be happy to support you in offering some referral options.

Sessions

Like most therapists, I believe that counselling works best with limited interruptions and when they are scheduled on a regular weekly basis on the same day at the same time. All sessions are chargeable and you can learn more about my cancellation policy in my FAQs.

The length of time that someone will stay in therapy will vary from one person to the next. After meeting for an initial consultation we will have a sense of what you need. This could be a short course of sessions to explore a specific issue or it might be a more open-ended relationship if you’re looking to work on a longer-term basis. Whatever we agree, it will be reviewed during our work together and will remain negotiable throughout.

Our ending will usually be something that we decide together. However, if for any reason, you decide to finish our counselling sessions earlier than anticipated, one final session at least, is always suggested where possible to allow us to end the work we have done together in a safe and contained way and to review the process and impact on you.

Nikki Berry Counselling FAQs

How much are your fees?2021-05-29T13:30:18+01:00

My fees are £65 for an individual or £80 for a couple / family for a 50-minute session.

Supervision sessions are charged at £65 for a 50-minute session.

Fees can be paid by cash or bank transfer and my bank details will be provided once our work commences.

What happens if I need to cancel a session?2021-05-29T13:31:34+01:00

Therapy often works better with limited interruptions and like many therapists I always hold our session time exclusively for you and have the following cancellation policy;
£15 charge for planned missed sessions.

Full fee for same day unplanned missed sessions.

Are the sessions confidential?2018-01-13T22:06:05+00:00

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.

Do you keep notes of our sessions?2018-01-13T22:04:00+00:00

Therapeutic notes are made and will be kept and stored confidentially and in line with the GDPR. You can read more about this in my privacy statement which will be provided prior to our work together.

Contact Nikki Berry Counselling

If you would like to get in touch with me, please complete the form below and I will get back to you to arrange an initial 15 minute, free of charge introductory call.

How To Find Me

Foresters Hall, 25-27 Westow Street, Crystal Palace, London. SE19 3RY.

Find Nikki Berry Counselling By Train

Foresters Hall is within walking distance (0.4 miles, less than 10 mins) of Gipsy Hill and Crystal Palace stations. Both stations are serviced by Southern Rail and London Overground also runs through Crystal Palace Station.

Find Nikki Berry Counselling By Underground

The nearest tube stations are Brixton (3.3 miles), Balham (3.5 miles) and Tooting Bec (3.6) miles.

Find Nikki Berry Counselling By Bus

I am easily accessible via the following bus routes:

3, 432, 417, 249, 322, 227, 157, 122, 202, 227, 358, 363, 410, and 450 all go to Crystal Palace Parade.