Mrs Nicola Butcher

Member Status: Senior Accredited

Member No: NCS14-00649

Location: Benfleet

I am an experienced, fully qualified and accredited counselling psychotherapist for both adults and children. In addition to this I also offer relaxation hypnosis. I work in private practice in a quiet location in South Benfleet with good links to A13 and mainline stations.

I am also an experienced counselling supervisor and offer supervision to both students and fully practicing members.

In addition to being a psychotherapist I am also a Clinical Transpersonal Hypnotherapist offering a range of services such as:

treatment for panic and anxiety
smoking cessation
weight management
pain management
exploring the past
looking for direction
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a member of the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) and adopt their frameworks of good practice and ethical principles.

I have experience with helping people with a wide variety of emotional issues and believe that I can help you move forward with your life in a way that fits and suits you. In addition to this, I also offer relationship counselling and have a good deal of knowledge in this field to help you both move forward and communicate effectively and honestly.

I have a particular specialist area working with children and adults with learning disabilities, behavioural problems and autistic spectrum disorders. I can help you as the parent of a child come to terms with diagnosis and help you develop strategies to cope with being the carer as well as being the parent. If you have recently been diagnosed with autism or learning disability, this can be a particularly difficult time. I can help you, as an individual, cope with diagnosis, deal with emotions and develop strategies to help you lead a more fulfilling life.

Another area of my work involves helping people with weight loss using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and working through the emotional issues surrounding it. Counselling can be a very effective additional tool with a weight loss programme. However, before undertaking any sudden changes to your diet, it is important to discuss this with your GP first.

I work in an integrative way, using Transactional Analysis, Person Centred Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

The decision to contact a counsellor is I know and understand (through personal experience) to be a difficult one and in doing so I can assure you that I will treat you with understanding, empathy and honesty. Time and time again I have witnessed peoples journey to recovery with the aid of therapy and firmly believe that being in a non-judgemental environment, with someone who really listens can help with so many problems in life and support you on your life journey.



If you are suffering from anxiety or having panic attacks, I can help you learn to identify your triggers and learn how to make the necessary changes in order to help you get back to being you. I use hypnosis relaxation techniques (with positive suggestion) to help you learn to control your anxieties and also incorporate, outside of the relaxation technique, the right therapeutic approach for you to help you move forward with your life.


If you are struggling deciding on direction or focusing on which path to follow hypnosis can help you move forward and focus on these decisions. Being in a calm and relaxed state allows you to make decisions more freely.


This is a deep relaxation technique to help battle everyday stress, work related stress or emotional stress. If this is you and at times you can't see the "wood for the trees" relaxation hypnosis techniques can help you process all that information floating around allowing you to clear the path.


Are you struggling to lose weight? This hypnosis program can help support and motivate you to make the necessary changes that you want to your lifestyle. During the weight management program I can help you address your self-esteem, body image and issues both emotional and psychological around food. If you would like further information regarding the amount of sessions and the costs for this package, please contact me via email or telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

Specialist Area

Autism Spectrum Disorders

I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a member of the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) and adopt their frameworks of good practice and ethical principles.

I have extensive experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor and I have helped a vast amount of people come to terms with and face their issues, leading them to a more fulfilling life.

In addition to being a counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist, I have over 15 years childcare and teaching experience, working with both children and adults with special needs. I believe that my experience has become invaluable within my work and my understanding of children and young adults with special needs and learning difficulties.

I also spent two years working as a counsellor and tutor at the Dyslexia Consultancy in Writtle with children and adolescents on the autistic spectrum. During this time I also worked as a counsellor for MIND Counselling Service working with adults and adolescents with moderate to severe mental health and emotional problems.

I currently work in private practice in Benfleet and also work as a counselling tutor for local colleges delivering the AQA counselling qualification. In addition to this I also work for Family Learning delivering "building self esteem" courses as part of a local outreach programme to local primary schools and children's centres.

In addition to being a counsellor I also work as a counselling supervisor. Supervision is provided for both student and qualified counsellors.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Diploma in Clinical Transpersonal Hypnotherapy
    - Stress and anxiety
    - smoking cessation
    - weight management
    - pain management
    - relaxation

    Supervision Certificate

    Practitioners Diploma in CBT
    - Group Therapy
    - Family Therapy
    - Relationship Counselling
    - Solution Focused Brief Therapy

    AQA Advanced Diploma in Counselling
    - Therapeutic Practice
    - Transactional Analysis
    - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    - Developing Practitioner

    AQA Intermediate Certificate in Counselling
    - Counselling Skills
    - Working with Grief & Loss

    BACP Certificate of Prociciency

    Registered Member of BACP 630376

    Accredited Member of National Counselling Society NCS14-00649

    National Counselling Society Approved Supervisor

    CPD - Psychopharmacology & Counselling & Pschotherapy

    C & G PTTLS (Adult Teaching Qualification)

    ECC Child Protection Certificate

    Paediatric First Aid

    CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare Practices
  • What I can help with
    • Adolescence
    • Anger Management
    • Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Carers
    • Disability
    • Eating disorders
    • Family
    • Parenting skills
    • Relationships
    • Self-harm
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Young people and children
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