Nick Britchford

Counselling & Psychotherapy

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About Me

About Me

Here I tell you bit about me, so that you can get a feel for who I am.

I am curious, welcoming, open and calm, and I enjoy connecting with people, their life stories and experiences.  Inclusivity, diversity and difference are issues that I feel strongly about.  I believe that people bring such richness to the world with their individuality and uniqueness.  So many people have enriched my life,  and my relationships, helping me grow and develop.

Outside of work, I am passionate about the environment and the outdoors.  I enjoy walking and climbing, and I have always felt most grounded and connected when in the hills or mountains.  Watching the changing seasons, being mindful of how this impacts on my sense of wellbeing and energy.  

I recognise that many people in todays fast paced society, do not feel that they have the space or time to feel so connected with their environment.  This can create internal struggles and conflict.

If you feel we could work well together, you can contact me here.

About Me: My Professional Life

I draw upon my rich experience as a doctor, a therapist, and more importantly, as a human being.  Like everyone, I am negotiating my way through an increasingly complex and fraught world.  Fourteen years of my professional life have been working as a psychiatrist, supporting people therapeutically. This has included working with people in family therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy.  I have always been very aware that medical models of supporting people with difficulties with their mental health, have both value and weaknesses.

As a medical professional working within teams, I have first hand experience of the pressures which staff experience.  I have worked in a range of departments, both in acute care and community teams.  These have included ED (Accident & Emergency), hospice settings, respiratory, paediatrics, and both acute and community mental health teams.  

I also have a particular interest in supporting people through experiences of loss and grief.  I have spent time working in a hospice, supporting individuals nearing the end of their life, and their families.

Loss doesn't have to be through the death of a loved one; losses are part of all our lives in may ways.  You can read more about me below.

Qualifications and Professional Development

Current:  I am in my second year of advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis

(MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy)    

The Berne Institute & Middlesex University

I am studying the Foundation of Internal Family Systems (IFS)  with the IFS Institute

I have student membership of the UKATA and trainee membership of the UKCP.   I abide by their Code of Ethics.

2004     An Introduction to Systemic Ideas     Association for Family Therapy

2019     Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis     The Berne Institute

2019     UKATA National Conference     UK Association for Transactional Analysis

2019     North East TA Conference

2019     Advanced TA Workshop: Family Constellations     The Berne Institute

2020     Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self Harm     Carolyn Spring

2020     Two Day World Trauma Summit Conference     Action Trauma

2021     Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling     Counselling Tutor/ACTO

2021     Trauma & The Body: Dissociation and Somatisation     Carolyn Spring

2021     Beyond Pronouns: What Non Binary Clients Want You To Know     Trans Affirming Therapists Academy

2021     Anticipatory Grief: Facing Impending Loss and Uncertain Futures   PESI  Erica Sirrine

2021     Anxiety In The Wake of Loss  PESI  Claire Bidwell Smith

2021     Compassion Fatigue: Professionals who work with Grief and Trauma   PESI  Eric Gentry

2021     Cultural and Difference Focussed Practices in Grief Work   PESI   Alesia Alexander

2021     Grief after Suicide   PESI   Rita Shulte

2021     Grief Work in Virtual Settings: Tools to Create Support and Connection   PESI   Alissa Drescher

2021     Shattered Assumptions: Clients Whose World has been Turned Upside Down   PESI   Joy Samuels

2021     Traumatic Grief: Cognitive, Behavioural and Somatic Approaches   PESI   Eric Gentry

2021     Unattended Grief Interventions to Facilitate Healthy Grieving   PESI   David Kessler