Ms Nicola Furbisher
Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS20-01043
Location: nr Bradford
Hello, my name is Nicola. I am 53 & a qualified therapeutic counsellor supporting people who are anxious or grieving; frightened, traumatised, struggling & in distress.
I offer a warm welcome, a safe space to talk, an open heart & time & space to be with you, to support you for as long or as short a period as you need.
We can work together face to face in person, face to face online or by telephone, whichever feels right for you.
In my day to day counselling, I work with clients suffering from the impact of trauma, grief, anxiety and depression; with those who have suffered mental, physical or sexual abuse, or are living with bereavement, and I also help people with low self-esteem, and those who are suffering from work or family-related problems.
I am integrative in my approach which means our work together can take many directions and will be specifically tailored to you.
I believe that a lot of pain we endure in our present life comes from things that happened to us when we were younger; and when our issues are about present day difficulties it can often be the case that our approach and resilience is affected by our lack of self-belief, self-worth and self-esteem.
Together we can gently explore what's going for you and perhaps challenge perceptions, behaviours and harmful beliefs. Be assured, this is your process and you are front and centre of it. I bring no agenda; no 'plan of action' - but together we can make important and lasting changes in your life.
I have worked with many clients who have suffered significant trauma in their lives and exploring body and mind responses and looking at coping strategies can be a large part of the work we do together in these circumstances.
What's most important, is that our relationship will be at the heart of how we work together to help you work through the issues you bring.
I had a different life before all of the above.
Previously I was a journalist for 30 years and, latterly, the Editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post & Managing Editor, Yorkshire Post, where I completed a graduated from a Senior Management Development, Leadership & Coaching programme.
I’m a Yorkshire lass. I lived in Brussels for several years, I love being by the sea and I have a passion for driftwood and beachcombing.
I had a special boy called Thomas who died in 2008. I battled on, I thought I was fine. I wasn’t. A wonderful counsellor helped me to heal, and in doing so, I found a new path.
I appreciate this is a lot to take in but I believe a life that has seen great challenge has made me a better and more empathic counsellor. Please contact me if you think I can help you. I promise warmth, acceptance, and a space for you to be whatever you need to be.
Warmest wishes, Nicola.
- Qualifications & ExperienceI am a fully qualified counsellor, a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), an Accredited Registrant of the National Counselling Society and a member of the National Council of Psychotherapists, and fully adhere to the organisations' ethical frameworks and code of conduct.
Alongside my private work I have worked as a counsellor at Leeds Mind and at Support after Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL), an organisation affiliated to Rape Crisis. I also worked with clients at Mosaic II, a West Yorkshire charity specialising in providing support for people who have been affected by sexual abuse; and I am also working with the Palm Cove Society in Leeds which supports vulnerable and traumatised adults trying to rebuild their lifes after fleeing violence and slavery.
I hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service certificate, have insurance cover in association with my profession and have regular continuing professional training and, like all ethical counsellors, work with a supervisor to ensure I continue to develop my knowledge, experience and understanding.
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Ageing and related issues
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Bereavement / Loss
- Divorce & Separation
- Emotional issues
- Gender identity
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Job interviews
- Panic attacks
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
- Public speaking: stage fright
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Suicidal feelings
- Violence / Victim support
- Languages Spoken