I began my counselling journey back in 2009 when I enrolled on a counselling course at South Tyneside college. I loved it and qualified as a counsellor in 2012 after undergoing a degree in counselling at Sunderland University.
A children's mental health charity called Place2be kick started my career as a counsellor. Working mainly in a one to one capacity with primary school children in a school setting. I started as a volunteer counsellor and worked my way up to a School Project Manager position over a few years.
As a School Project Manager, running my own counselling service in a school in Blyth. One to one counselling, group work, circle time, parent support and whole school assemblies around mental health briefly summarises my time with Place2be. Additionally I began supervising a team of volunteers who were counselling in my school.
I began working for Next Step Counselling in 2018 in two schools, offering a comprehensive counselling and mental health package to schools. Running the school service involves offering one to one counselling to primary school children, supporting their families and school staff. This also involves group work, class work, whole school assemblies on mental health and lunch time drop ins. As a lead counsellor and qualified counselling supervisor, in one of my schools I also support and supervise a volunteer counsellor allowing us to offer our service to more children. I am very passionate about my work for Next Step and love the service we provide to many children and their families. Personally, I have an interest in all aspects of childrens mental health but in particular the impact of play therapy and art therapy.
Alongside working in a GP surgery I currently work for Next Step two days a week in two different schools as well as private practice at our Gosforth Clinic with children and teens.
A Word from NSPW: Nikki is a warm, gentle and friendly therapist. Her school work is second to none as well as working privately.
Note from a client (James aged 9): Nikki is awesome! She's cool for a counsellor, she listens to me, she helps me with being angry and my feelings