Affordable and effective therapy for Southport and the surrounding areas.
My name is Nicolas Spooner.
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and registered
member of the British Association for
Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
You can view my profile here.
The type of therapy I mainly practice is known as 'Person Centred Therapy' or PCT.
This differs from other forms of therapy in that it is not my job to tell you how to think, act, feel or live your life.
I believe that when it comes to knowing what's best for you, it's YOU that's the expert.
In this way PCT puts YOU in control.
The idea that you can dictate the direction and pace of our sessions means that this type of therapy can be extremely effective for such things as stress, anxiety, depression and loss or bereavement.
However, the positive effects are not limited to those conditions. It is also incredibly helpful if you struggle with low self esteem, trauma or have experienced any form of abuse such as sexual, physical, verbal or psychological.
Maybe you're experiencing a lack of motivation, belief or confidence? PCT is great as a way to explore the reasons and find a solution.
Book your free 30 minute assessment and I can explain more fully about the process and how I believe it can help you.
Wouldn't it be great if you could just 'Be Yourself'?
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Some common misconceptions about counselling/therapy:
"Counselling is something to be ashamed of".
"A Counsellor can tell you what to do and how to live your life".
"A Counsellor just sits there and repeats what you've said".
"You should be able to sort your own stuff out so if you need a Counsellor you must be a bit weak".
"Only rich people can afford proper counselling".
It is an unavoidable fact that there is still a stigma attached to counselling, but thanks to some high profile celebrities and sports people describing the positive effect that their own therapy has had on their life, that is slowly beginning to change.
Taking the step to seek counselling is the ultimate show of strength and self awareness. You are admitting that things are tough right now and understand that it would be better to get help and not struggle on alone.
Visiting a Counsellor when life is hard should be as natural and acceptable as visiting a doctor when you are unwell.
It is not my job to tell you how to live your life. It is my job to listen to you, try to understand what you're going through, help you work through your problems and be with you every step of the way as you explore areas of your life and formulate the solution to your problems.
Effective therapy is not the preserve of the rich and famous. If you see a therapist offering their service for £500 per session, this does not mean they have some magical, extra special skill that nobody else has. Generally speaking, they will charge that simply because they can. A dedicated, ethical and conscientious therapist will set a price point that allows them to be available to as many of his clients as possible, while still valuing their own time.
I also like to offer the option to visit clients in their home. This allows you to speak in comfortable and familiar surroundings where you may feel more relaxed and at ease, rather than in an unfamiliar therapy room.
Here are a selection of my most recent Blog posts.
Just send me a quick message using the form and I'll respond via email or phone, whichever you prefer, as soon as I can.
Then we can schedule a free 30 minute session to assess how therapy is likely to benefit you.