Thanks for checking out my profile and my approach to therapy.  It is challenging to decide when the time is right to embark on therapy and what kind of person might be able to help you.  I hope the information below will give you some ideas of how I work and the experience I bring to therapy and help with your decision.  If you have any questions I can be reached at the email or phone number below.

Approach

Nigel’s focus is on providing a warm therapeutic space where people feel safe to explore and come to a shared understanding of what is currently happening in their lives.  These shared understandings help to map out relationships between family and cultural backgrounds and current challenges.  Nigel uses a range of collaborative focused approaches to help people reach their goals in therapy.  Evidence-based models that are used include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): useful when we cannot change a specific situation in our lives, are stuck in a cycle of unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, and also want to refocus on how we want our relationships/work or life generally to be lived.
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): useful for challenging unhelpful thoughts and old scripts in our lives, and for treating a range of anxiety issues, worry and phobias, as well as depression.
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT): a helpful approach to understand how our upbringings could have led to a strong internal critical voice that can make us feel anxious, not good enough, perfectionistic or lead to self-sabotaging behaviours towards ourselves and our relationships.

Areas of Specialisation

Nigel works with adults and older adults who are experiencing:

  • Mental health challenges across their lives (e.g. anxiety, depression, PTSD, worry, phobias)
  • Challenges adjusting to changes in their physical health
  • Work-related challenges including stress, gaining focus and balance and retirement from working life
  • Loss and grief
  • General life challenges such as relationships issues

In addition, he works with people from Rainbow communities and those wanting to explore how they can grow and develop to reach their fullest potential.

Experience

Nigel has been both the Director of the University of Sydney’s Psychology Clinic, as well as the University of Auckland’s Psychology Clinic, where he trained and coached future clinical psychologists for over fourteen years. He started his health career as a general nurse more than 35 years ago, retraining first as a psychiatric nurse before studying social psychology and training at University College London as a clinical psychologist.   Alongside his work in education, he has continued to work with both adult and older adult clients.  He also continues to offer supervision to individual practitioners and teams.  More recently his work has included development and presentation of workshops including tools and techniques for public and private businesses and organisations to support their staff to learn about mental health and wellbeing and enhance their skills around these areas.

Fees and Cancellations

Fee is $200.00 (excluding GST) for the first session and each subsequent 60 min session.

The first session is typically 90 minutes long.

Payment is via online banking and is appreciated within 3 days of your session.

If you need to cancel an appointment, please provide at least two working days’ notice. A 50% cancellation fee may otherwise be charged. Sessions not attended or cancelled within 24 hours will incur the full fee.

Making an appointment

If you would like to make an appointment, discuss how we could work together or have any other questions please email or phone Nigel directly. If he is unable to take your call, please leave a message and he will get back to you as soon as possible.

Availability

Nigel is available on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30pm to 6.30pm. Other times might be available by arrangement but may occur an extra fee.