Nicola Stephenson

Psychotherapy

Classes taught

Here you will find all the information you need regarding the counselling and psychotherapy services I offer and how I can help individuals struggling with a broad range of psychological and emotional issues. If you have any questions or would like to go ahead and book your free introductory session please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07954 428214 or e mail me at nicola.stephenson@yahoo.co.uk. I can offer appointments either at my home in Elizabeth Avenue in Hove or, in the near future, in a private therapy room at the Dynamic Hot Yoga studio.

With the arrival of the New Year many of you will be setting new goals in order to stay focused on what you wish to achieve in 2018. Your mental health is vitally important to your overall sense of wellbeing and has a bearing on every single aspect of your life, so why not sign up to a 6 week course of psychotherapy. As a current member of DHY I am able to offer all new clients a free introductory session to give you an opportunity to try my service out and decide if I am the right therapist for you. For further details please refer to the DHY website (below) where you will find a full description of the service I offer, as well as my contact details should wish to go ahead and book your free session.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of Issues or problems can you help with?
The following is a list of common reasons clients seek therapy. This is not, however, intended to be an exhaustive list. Any issue or problem that is causing emotional pain or distress is worth contacting me about.

relationship issues including family conflict and marital affairs and divorce, anxiety and/or depression, stress, panic attacks, trauma including sexual, physical or emotional abuse, eating disorders, sexual identity or gender issues, infertility, miscarriage, bereavement, suicidal thoughts, isolation and loneliness including retirement issues, addictive behaviours, and life coaching.

What do I need to do to get started?
All you have to do is give me a call (leaving a message with your name and number if I am unable to answer) or send me an e mail with your preferred contact information. I will get back to you as soon as possible so that we can have a brief telephone conversation if you are undecided as to how to proceed or arrange your free introductory session.

How much does therapy cost?
I offer the first introductory session free of charge. All subsequent sessions will be charged at £50. I reserve two weekly appointments at the lower fee of £35 for students and those on low-income.

What happens if I miss or cancel a scheduled session?
In order for you to get the most out of therapy you need to attend regularly. For this reason I generally reserve a 50-minute slot for you at the same time each week. I do charge for missed sessions as well as those cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, but will otherwise try to re-schedule any appointments that you have difficulty attending.I request 14 days notice for any holidays taken. Likewise, I will give you 14 days notice for any holidays I intend to take.

How many sessions will I need?
I offer both short-term and long-term therapy. It is often difficult to know how many sessions a client will need and there are many factors to take into account. This will form part of our initial discussion. We may decide it is best to stick to a specified number of sessions, six is the minimum generally required to achieve any significant improvement, or we may decide to keep the therapy open-ended, in which case we would agree together, overtime, when might be an appropriate time to end.

What about ethics and confidentiality?
All sessions are private and confidential. I am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists whose code of ethics I am obliged to follow. All records are kept in line with the Data Protection Act 1988.