Nicholas King, MBACP (Accred), BABCP (Accred)
Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Relationship Counsellor
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT)
Corona Virus Update, January 2021
Counselling/therapy sessions continue to be offered remotely using Zoom, Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp video. The shift to online therapy prompted by the Corona Virus continues to be highly effective in supporting clients and has many advantages apart from safety including the ability to screen-share worksheets and techniques. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs and your preference for attending sessions remotely. I look forward to welcoming you and supporting you in counselling,
warm regards, Nicholas King
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Welcome to Nicholas King Counselling & Psychotherapy. I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist based in Pinner, NW London. I am also an NHS trained, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) accredited with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). I am a registered Hypnotherapy practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR).
Call me on 020 8866 2190 or 07921 524167
Appointments available daily from 8.00am to 10.00pm
Saturday appointments also available
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Registered Healthcare Provider with all major insurers
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Issues I provide therapy for
I offer a confidential counselling service providing professional support for the following issues:
In addition to being an NHS (IAPT) trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist I am a Relate trained therapist providing counselling to couples and individuals seeking help for relationship issues. I also have extensive experience of working with addictions including alcohol, cocaine, gambling & cannabis.
Therapies I can offer you
As a qualified Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) I am able to provide therapy based on these unique approaches.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a talking therapy based on the understanding that how people think affects the way they feel and influences the kinds of behaviours that are adopted to help cope with problems. CBT practitioners work with clients to help identify and change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that may have felt helpful but actually serve to perpetuate difficulties. CBT involves setting clear goals and favours a more directive approach than other therapies and aim to focus on difficulties being experienced in the present. Specific interventions and techniques are introduced to target unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can often underpin an episode of distress and prevent it from being resolved. CBT is a here and now therapy that helps clients understand how thoughts and behaviours can act to maintain an episode of anxiety or depression, so-called maintenance factors. CBT is a collaborative therapy based on establishing shared understanding between the client and therapist. In this way, clients can be introduced to techniques that aim to build variation to thoughts (cognitions) that may be distorted or polarised and help explore the possibilities for gaining more adaptive responses and behaviours. This combined approach is highly effective in managing anxious feelings or low-mood symptoms and is one of the reasons CBT can be said to be the Gold Standard approach adopted by the NHS.
What is CBT used for?
Studies have shown Cognitive therapies to be the most appropriate way to improve our coping responses for a range of common mental health problems such as depression as well as anxiety disorders including panic attacks, social anxiety, health anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, specific phobias and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Counselling emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship to achieving success in therapy. Counsellors aim to adopt certain "core" behaviours such as the ability to empathise, having a non-judgmental attitude and being genuine. Counselling is most effective for clients who feel they would benefit from talking over and sharing their concerns safely and confidentially with someone who is impartial and professional. In contrast with the directive approach taken by CBT, counselling is client-led. This means that the direction of the therapy is guided by the concerns brought to the session by the client and the therapist aims to work with whatever is shared moment-to-moment. On occasions, the therapist may challenge apparent discrepancies or inconsistences in thinking and reflect these to the client who may then be encouraged to go deeper into his/her thoughts. The therapist may also offer insights into the experiences being shared. In Person-Centred counselling the client and therapist may work "at-depth" to uncover and understand the issues brought to the session and achieve change that is positive and lasting.
What is Counselling used for?
Counselling is often suited to helping with issues such as a coming to terms with a bereavement or in providing support for relationship difficulties. Other examples include managing a career change or reviewing the direction life is taking. Counselling aims to offer clients a safe 121 environment in which the therapist helps the individual to reflect on, and validate, their experiences and consider solutions. Counselling is less structured than CBT and tends to avoid directing the client in the session and is therefore seen as client-led. Also, unlike CBT, Counselling does not address specific symptoms nor offer interventions or techniques but is more about supporting the client as they talk through their problems and arrive at their own conclusions whilst being understood and respected by the therapist. If you feel that you would prefer being able to talk through your thoughts and feelings in the way described here then counselling may be the best approach for you to consider.
Counselling, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for adults (18+ individuals and couples) in Harrow, Pinner, Northwood, Northwood Hills, Ruislip, Eastcote, Stanmore, NW London, Watford. HA1, HA3, HA4. Remote Counselling available via Skype or Facetime during the Corona outbreak.