counselling-Nicola Borthwick
AL6 9JP, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Dip. Integrative Counselling
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Session types
Face to face counselling
Older Adults

Nicola Borthwick

Primary Location

I specialise in working with adults (individuals & couples) who are experiencing difficult times in their lives.  I have spent a number of years counselling parents at a children’s centre in north London, as well as running a voluntary service and my own private practice.  I have written successful funding bids which have enabled me to work with clients from a diverse range of ethnic groups and who are experiencing a range of mental health issues. I have also worked in various community settings and am used to experiencing different cultural & ethical issues. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists), working to their code of ethics and towards accreditation status.

I am also a qualified post-16/adult tutor & adult community co-ordinator at a large north London college. I have worked in this sector for almost 25 years and now work with various organisations in Barnet and Enfield offering training/workshops in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT), Mindfulness, Transactional Analysis (TA), Assertiveness & Communication strategies and Self Esteem  for their professional staff, as well as for their clients and College students.

In addition, I have experience of working successfully with Employee Assistance Providers and counselling students.

How I would Work with You

I am an Integrative counsellor, which means that I can offer you a variety of methods of counselling suited to your needs.  I can work with you in a variety of ways (Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) and basic Psychodynamic), to help you find a way through your difficulties, so that you find your own solutions.  I offer both short term and long term counselling and have experience of working successfully with counselling students and Employee Assistance Providers

Date Qualified
Training, Qualifications and Experience

My Experience

I have co-ordinated training in the community adult education sector in north London for 20 years and have worked with an extremely diverse range of clients in terms of physical and emotional needs, which has led me to a counselling profession.

I have worked with a broad client group who have experienced anxiety, depression, bereavement/loss/grief, sexual abuse, relationship issues/difficulties, family issues, suicidal feelings, anger issues, OCD and domestic violence, as well as a number of other issues, including personality disorders and Asperger’s syndrome.  In addition, I also work with various organisations in Barnet, including Barnet Council and schools in Enfield, offering training/workshops in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness, Transactional Analysis (TA), Assertiveness & Communication strategies and Self Esteem  for their professional staff, as well as for clients and college students.

My Qualifications & Training

Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists), working to their code of ethics and am eligible to apply for accreditation status

PGCE in Post-16 Education & Training (University of Hertfordshire)

Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (Aylesbury College)

Certificate in CBT (Amersham & Wycombe College)

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course for Personal/Professional Development (8 weeks)

Mindfulness workshops (Various providers)

Counselling for Couples (Various short courses and workshops including: Langley Therapy, Herts and Riverwood Counselling and Wellbeing Practice, St. Neots)

Facilitating Psycho-Educational/Psychotherapeutic Groups (Langley Training)

Introduction to Autism for Counsellors (Counselling Works and Training LLP,  Milton Keynes)

Borderline Personality Disorder Workshop (Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust)

Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (2 Day Course. Future Path, Barnet)

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Barnet College)

Safeguarding & Child Protection for Professionals with Designated Responsibility (Group 4)(Barnet Council)

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Staff Training Barnet & Southgate College)

BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Environmental Studies (University of Hertfordshire)

NVQ Training & Development Level 3 (Oaklands College)

HNC Business & Administration (Glyndwr University/NEWI)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Group therapy
Person-centred therapy
Transactional analysis
Affairs and betrayals
Anger management
Asperger's syndrome
Attachment disorder
Behaviour problems
Carer support
Child related issues
Childhood bereavement
Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
Domestic violence
Emotional abuse
Family issues
Feeling sad
Generalised anxiety disorder
Health anxiety
Learning difficulties
Low self-confidence
Low self-esteem
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Panic disorder
Passive aggressive behaviour
Physical abuse
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Postnatal depression
Pregnancy and birth
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Separation and divorce
Sexual abuse
Suicidal thoughts
Relationship problems
Work-related stress

Counselling sessions in Welwyn are held in my conservatory overlooking my peaceful garden and there is free road parking. I offer Monday late afternoon/evening,Thursday evenings and weekend morning appointments.

In Colindale, they are held at The Colindale Communities Trust’s Venue, (15 Osler Court, Charcot Road, NW9 5XW). This is located in the heart of Colindale, which is close to public transport links, including both tube (nearest tube is Colindale)/ bus and there is also nearby free road parking. I offer Tuesday and Friday evening appointments here between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.

FREE Introductory Session for Individuals & Couples
I offer an initial FREE 50 minute assessment session where we can discuss your needs, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and explore together the best way, for you, to move forward.

Fees at Welwyn
Sessions in Welwyn are charged at £40 per counselling hour for individuals (50 minutes) and £52 per hour for couples (60 minutes)

Fees at Colindale
Sessions in Colindale are charged at £45 per counselling hour (50 minutes) and £57 per hour for couples (60 minutes).

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