Jay Nicol aims to provide a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental therapeutic space where clients can feel heard, valued and supported. Jay believes that the client is the expert about their life experiences. Within a trusting relationship fostered through acceptance, empathy and calm Jay believes that clients will feel able to explore their feelings, their way of being in the world and work collaboratively towards a better understanding of themselves and any difficulties they may be experiencing. Using an integrative approach, Jay will draw on a number of methods having identified what might best serve the needs of the individual; this includes Person Centred therapy to help clients identify whether they are able to truly be themselves or are they living in line with other people’s expectations of them; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to improve emotional regulation by helping clients understand how negative thoughts and unhelpful beliefs impacts feelings and behaviours and Mindfulness to help clients prioritise and maintain self-care practices.
While completing her BSc in Psychology it became clear to Jay that she would pursue a career in counselling. Jay is a trustee of an adoption support charity and runs a group providing on going learning for adopters and prospective adopters. Jay is keenly aware of the extraordinary stress experienced within families when at least one member comes from a background of trauma, Jay works to empower clients by helping them to manage their emotions during times of distress.
Jay sees clients at a GP surgery in Lambeth with The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service. She has a membership with the BACP and is currently completing her BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.