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Nicola Stephenson


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Feeling anxious or depressed?    

There is evidence in our society of an increasing prevalence of mental health issues, the underlying cause of which is too much stress and strain on the individual. The nervous system responds by either going into over-dive, manifesting as anxiety, or shutting down, manifesting as depression. As well as mental health problems there are also clear links emerging between stress and physical illness and disease, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Stress, with its potential to wreak havoc on the mindbody system, is now regarded as the biggest silent killer of our time. The good news is that help is available in the form of a myriad of mental health services, one of the most useful and accessible of which is private psychotherapy sessions. As a registered counsellor and psychotherapist I am able to offer you the opportunity, by attending weekly sessions, to address your issues and find relief from your struggles. The biggest initial hurdle to overcome is recognising that you need help which you have already achieved by reading this page – a seemingly small but incredibly important first step. The next step is to pick up the phone and call me on 07954 428 214 or send me an emailat nicola@nicolastephenson.co.uk.


About Psychotherapy
Life by its very nature can be challenging and from time to time we all need help coping with difficult and stressful periods of our lives. At heart we are social creatures. As such, it is very natural to feel the need to want to confide in, and share your problems with, a trusted other. Psychotherapy is a way of doing just that, allowing you to access support from a registered therapist who can offer you a safe and confidential space in which to explore your problems. Within the nurturing comfort of the therapeutic relationship you will have the opportunity to find your voice and tell your story. Whether you wish to address a specific, painful issue or talk about more general feelings of anxiety, the simple act of sharing your struggles and your experiences, past and present, can be tremendously healing. Being heard and metaphorically held by an empathic therapist, who understands and appreciates how incredibly difficult life can be, often brings immediate relief.Greater self-awareness gained from within the warmth and safety of the therapeutic relationship can lead to a vast improvement in your overall sense of well-being. As you gradually begin to reconnect with your lost, authentic self, you will feel empowered and have the opportunity to make much healthier decisions regarding the many varied aspects of your life. In doing so, and overtime, you are likely to begin to feel more confident, more autonomous. and more at peace with yourself.


Whatever your issue or goal it’s vital to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. Key to positive psychotherapy outcomes, as supported by the vast volume of research in this area, is the quality of the emotional bond you are able to form with your therapist. The most effective therapeutic relationships are those based on a two way connection rooted in a feeling of safety and security. For this reason I offer a free introductory session to see if we are a good fit and ask each other questions. If we agree it would be a good idea to do so, we can then arrange a follow-up appointment and weekly sessions thereafter.  To book your free introductory session please either call me on 07954 428 214 or send me an email at nicola@nicolastephenson.co.ukand leave me a message with your contact details so I can offer you a time and date at your convenience.




I am pleased to be able to offer clients a choice of two locations, both in Hove, East Sussex.


Primary Location: BN3 6WG 

My main practice, which runs during the daytime (week days only), is based at my home on Elizabeth Avenue, Hove, BN3 6WG.


Second Location: BN3 6HA

I am also based here at the Dynamic Hot Yoga studio, which lies directly behind Hove train station. The address is Unit 9, Hove Business Centre, Fonthill Road, BN3 6HA. I am able to offer both daytime and evening appointments at this location. Please contact me for further details regarding availability.





What kinds of Issues or problems can you help with?


The following is a list of common presenting issues:   

  • depression and anxiety
  • relationship problems including conflict, affairs, separation and divorce 
  • sexual, physical or emotional abuse
  • addiction including to drugs, alcohol. gambling, sex, gaming, social media or shopping
  • sexual and/or gender identityissues
  • loss including death, miscarriage and infertility
  • isolation and loneliness with or without suicidal thoughts


This is not an exhaustive list. Any issue that is causing you distress is worth contacting me about.


 What do I need to do to get started? 

All you have to do is simply send me a message leaving your name, number and email address. I willget back to you as soon as possible to have a brief chat, ifyou are undecided as to how to proceed, or simply go ahead and book your free introductory consultation.  .  


How much does therapy cost? 

I offer the initial consultation free of charge. All subsequent weekly sessions, which last 50 minutes, cost £50 for individuals and £70 for couples. 


What happens if I miss or cancel a scheduled session? 

In order for you to get the most out of therapy you must commit to weekly sessions,allowing me to reserve you a 50-minute appointment at the same time and on the sameday each week. That slot will be yours and I will not offer it to anyone else until you decide to end your sessions. Should you need to cancel a session,when possible, I will offer you an alternative slot. All missed sessions are charged for at the full rate.   



I take regular breaks throughout the year for which I aim to give a minimum of 14 days notice. For any client holidays I also request a minimum of 14 days notice.  


How many sessions will I need?

I offer both short-term and long-term therapy. Most clients opt for open-ended therapy allowing them to see how it goes. To end your sessions I request a minimum of 2 weeks notice so that we can bring the therapy to a safe and , where possible, satisfactory conclusion. 


What about ethics and confidentiality?  

I am registered with the BACP and the UKCP whose strict codes of best practice I follow.Further details can be found on their respective websites: www.bacp.co.uk and www.psychotherapy.org.uk