Nicola Brookshaw

Nicola Brookshawis a qualified experienced Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Clinical Hypnotherapist based in the South West, also trained in Mindfulness Practice.

Nicolais a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, along with others, which means that Nicola follows the ethical guidelines, ensuring that she is working safely and with your best interests.

Experience of working with Children, Young People, Adults and Couples, she holds an enhanced CRB check and have completed Child Protection training with Plymouth City Council.

She offers individually tailored therapy that matches your needs, based on our initial consultation and agreement of working. This is all to work with your best interests at all times.

Nicola aims to offer a service which is as unique as you are!

We all experience life in different ways and I do not believe that there is a one fits all solution that works for everyone.

My belief is that we are the only experts on ourselves and that we do have all the resources we need to be happy and fulfilled in our lives, for some of us we just don’t know it yet or maybe we have just lost the confidence to believe in ourselves.

I welcome you to explore and challenge your beliefs and values to help you find the best way in life for you, the one that fits and allows you to work towards that wonderful goal of being the person you always knew you should be, living your life in a fulfilling way for you. Supporting you to regaining control of what ever aspect of your life isn’t as how it should be.

You taking back control has already started from the moment you made the decision to read into this and to make that appointment.

I hope this will be an empowering and life changing experience.

Couples counselling

Attraction, Love, Marriage, Children, A match made in heaven and we all lived happily ever after?? didn’t we?
We can all get stuck in a rut, start to resent, mistrust and dislike our Partners…What happened? Where did it all go wrong?

We get together for what seems to be for all the right reasons so why do you find yourself in this position now unable to resolve those feelings and communicate like you used to.

Couples counselling offers you both a chance to hear each other again to resolve and understand from each other perspective what is happening to your relationship.

Nicola will work with you both without judgement and she doesn’t collude with one or the other of you.Nicola is completely impartial in the process and together work to either help you resolve issues or to split up amicably.

Life is too short to feel this bad, when our relationship isn’t working, you can guarantee other areas of our lives are suffering too as a consequence. Nicola will support both of you within this difficult period using therapeutic techniques to enable you both to get the most out of your sessions.

Nicola trained with St Austell’s Relate to be a couple counsellor in 2009, and has a variety of experience working with male and female couples and same sex couples (you don’t have to be married) of all ages and backgrounds.

– Qualified in Counselling and Psychotherapy CPCAP.
– Worked as a counsellor for the Zone 2009 – 2011 and have been in private practice ever since as a counsellor/psychotherapist.
– Qualified Clinical and Medical Hypnotherapist, working within the Observatory Practice for the first three years of post-qualifying and now in private practise.
– Previous experience of working within out of hours social services, Qualified to level 4 in Careers Guidance and Advice and guidance.
– Working with people who have been unable to get back on their feet, working with DWP clients and offering support and mentoring.
– Mentoring 18 -24 years olds on projects to help support them back into education or training whilst supporting their individual needs and improving their life skills.
– Qualified Tutor for over 10 years, offering adult wellbeing courses
– Qualified in NLP, CBT, Neuroscience, Psychoneuroimmunology and Disease, Sand tray therapy, working with children, child birth and post pregnancy, gastro hypno-band, weight loss a mind-set, Relationship counselling and attachment theory, fertility and Psychosexual dysfunction work


“I have thought about hypnotherapy for years, but due to my own scepticism and negative advice from others, I put it off. Finally, due to desperation and no helpful alternative therapy through the NHS I took the plunge after an acquaintance’s recommeation. For the first time in years I finally feel good about myself and what I have achieved, instead of feeling negatively about what I have not. I have some new inner feelings of contentment, excitement and peace that I have never felt, or just can’t remember as it was so long ago.

After a lot of stressful/emotional events in my life, like many others I am sure, I just felt trodden down and worn out. Most of life’s events/experiences had started to feel like chores, but this is now changing to enjoyment. After many years of sleepless nights, I am sleeping really well. All of the above has has helped me, and in turn my family. I think somewhere along the line I had actually forgotten how to laugh and relax.

After a few weeks of therapy with Nicola I feel I have acceptance of previous life experiences and I can now let go of things that I just couldn’t do earlier. I feel like my heavy emotional baggage has now been lightened. I am not fully there yet, but I am well on the way and seem to see situations and people in a different more positive way. This is thanks to Nicolas warming, charming, fun and positive aura. I find myself spilling all of my worries and feelings without even realising it and would recommend to everyone to at least ring and arrange a free consultation. It has changed my life and I do not know where I would be now if I hadn’t made that first phone call. Thank you Nicola xxxxxxx”
T. H-T said on Nov 13, 2012 9:51 PM

“Nicola has given me a kind of inner peace and boosted my confidence too. She is a lovely lady and I thank her from the bottom of my heart for all her help, thank you.”
S.Channing, Mannamead

“I had been having counselling for over 3 years when I moved to Devon to live. I started seeing Nicole to continue my counselling and was frustrated that I wasn’t moving forward, feeling of never overcoming the trauma I have suffered and how much time and money I was spending to fix it! I was curious of using a Sandtray but I trusted Nicola and was stuck. I gave it a go and was amazed at what I uncovered. I found out what was holding me back.”
Mary, Tavistock

“My 10 year old daughter is a different person since she saw Nicky. She suffered from anxiety and separation issues which was starting to effect her quality of life.The sessions with Nicky have really helped her conquer her phobias and as a mother I cannot thank Nicky enough. My daughter is now a happier, more confident person as a direct result of the counselling & hypnotherapy. Nicky was very kind and gentle with my daughter, everything was easy and she really looked forward to the sessions. Thank you so very much from both of us.”
Sarah said on Feb 21, 2012 10:26 PM

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