Counsellors at ACT
Chrissy Nikel studied for the Advanced Diploma in Counselling at Tresham College in Kettering and went on to work at the Child and Adolescent Bereavement Service based at Northampton General Hospital for nearly three years. There she counselled children and young people who had experienced loss and bereavement. Chrissy is a Humanistic Counsellor and uses a Person-Centred approach, taking the lead from the client and working in the present. Each client is treated as an individual and the therapy is unique to them. Chrissy has her own private practice, Sunnyside Counselling and Coaching - http://sunnysidecounselling.vpweb.co.uk and also counsels for Action for Aspergers - https://www.actionforaspergers.org.
Chrissy has a background in working with children and young people in various settings. She has also worked for many years as a Parent Practitioner, supporting parents with parenting issues and delivering parenting classes and has worked with the whole family to create action plans to solve pressing problems. Chrissy is a qualified mediator and is interested in working with those who are parenting apart and struggling with loss and separation.
Chrissy also runs Laughter workshops.
Geraldine is an experienced Integrative counsellor and has a combined approach, drawing on Person Centered, CBT, and Psychodynamic Therapies.
This allows her to tailor the way she works to clients' individual needs and circumstances.
She specialises in relationship counselling, working with couples or individuals, and can help clients enhance and repair relationships with the people closest to them by helping themto identify and free themselves from old patterns.
She has had extensive training and CPD as an Emotionally Focused Therapist. She is working towards certification and she has supported other counsellors in training in the use of this approach. Emotionally Focused Therapy is a tested intervention to reduce distress in couple relationships and create more secure attachment bonds. This is usually a short-term approach for couples but it is also used for families and individuals.
Geraldine has experience at working with mixed agenda couples where one partner wants to end the relationship and one partner wants the relationship to continue.
For the last seven years she has worked in school settings with children and families.
She is a counsellor and supervisor with a national charity specialising in adult couple relationships.
At ACT, Geraldine is offering sessions with couples and individuals, as well as supervision for relationship counsellors.
She is happy to discuss your counselling needs prior to appointment with no obligation.
Diploma in Relationship Counselling (York St John University)
Certificate in Supervision (endorsed by BACP)
Emotionally Focussed Therapy - Externship and Core skills.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 1
EMDR Level 2
Registered Member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP)
Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focussed Therapy (ICEEFT)
Member of the British Emotionally Focused Therapy Community (BEFT)