A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life
Welcome to New Leaf Counselling and Psychotherapy
My name is Nicky Thompson and I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I offer counselling in the Huddersfield/Saddleworth/Oldham/Halifax areas. My therapy room is a 2-minute walk from the train station in Marsden, or there is easy on-road parking available. I work from a comfortable, calm and private garden room at my home.
I came to counselling relatively late in my working life. I worked in the business world for many years, including forming, running and finally selling my own company. I guess in the end I didn’t feel any joy in business. I wanted to help people, I wanted to wake up every day feeling that what I did was worthwhile.
After retraining as a counsellor I can honestly say, even when it is challenging, that I do wake up every morning looking forward to the day ahead. I get to help people take control of their lives and I feel tremendous personal reward in doing that. I am very lucky.
I have always been a glass-half-full person and I feel that the key to a happy life is always moving forwards. Achieving something every day no matter how small.
I am fully insured.
If you are looking at this page you likely feel you could be happier, getting more out of life, and that is true you can be happier and get more out of life. The first part of this process has been your acknowledgement that you need support to move forward. So well done, it takes courage to reach out for help.
When we don’t feel as happy or contented as we could. This might be due to some specific issue such as bereavement or perhaps work-related stress, it might be something that we can’t quite put our finger on or something deep-rooted from our past. There are many reasons why you might not be feeling satisfied with life. Talking about this helps.
I am an integrated counsellor which means that I use various counselling theories to help each client depending on the client’s needs. My practise is based on Person Centred Therapy, I may also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Transactional Analysis (TA) depending upon the issues brought to counselling.I will work with you without judgement, at your pace.
Areas I can work on with you; anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stuckness, trauma-related issues, stress, abuse, self-esteem and confidence, assertiveness, anger management and many other issues and problem areas.
L4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
L3 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
L2 Counselling children and Adolescent
Mindfulness Teacher Diploma
Mental Health First Aider
Walk and Talk Trained Therapist
I work from an office located in Rough Lea Farm, Reddisher Road, Marsden HD7 6NF, and see clients from Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Colne Valley, Oldham, Halifax, Saddleworth, Brighouse areas. It is a 2 minute walk from Marsden Train station or there is easy parking on Reddisher Road.
Sessions are usually 50 minutes long and are taken weekly on the same day and at the same time. There is some flexibility in this. I offer short term and open ended counselling depending on your requirements. I have appointments during the day 9-5 or in the evenings up to 8pm. I have a limited number of appointments on the weekend.
I can work with you in person from my therapy room, or I can work with you online if you would prefer via Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp depending on your preference. We can mix it up if you like.
£40 for daytime Mon -Fri 9-5pm
£45 for evenings 6-8pm and weekend sessions.
Payment to be made by bank transfer prior to session.
After you have made contact I will invite you for an initial 20 minute session either by telephone or on Zoom. This is free of charge.
It gives you an idea of whether you feel that you can work with me. It also enables me to decide if I feel that I am suitable to work with you or whether I feel another counsellor might be more suitable for your needs.
If you would like to take advantage of the beautiful local countryside I offer Walk & Talk Therapy. This may suit some people, as it may be easier to open up for some walking side by side.
It is also good exercise. If you are interested in Walk & Talk please inform me in our initial session.
I find that many issues can be relieved by bringing a little mindfulness into your life. When we can stop our minds from being bombarded by worries we can often gain a little perspective.
I am a trained mindfulness teacher and I often use mindfulness in my sessions, I can also offer pure mindfulness sessions to those who are interested.
After our initial assessment appointment, I would hope that a regular slot can be found within a couple of weeks. However, this will depend on your flexibility and my availability at times that are convenient to you.
This varies from person to person. It could be a few weeks or it could be considerably longer-term, it depends on the depth of the issues you are facing. For some people, a couple of sessions helps to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require a more open-ended approach.
Before beginning our work, we will agree on an initial number of sessions, after which we will review our progress and if we both agree that further therapy will be of benefit, sessions can continue.
It is a big step entering counselling for the first time. But you can do it! It is not usually a good idea to bring someone along however daunting counselling may seem at first. It is generally easier to open up without someone connected to your life who knows your circumstances there in the room with you. If you feel you need to bring someone with you leave them in the car with a crossword. That way you can get the most out of your session and have them there for support afterwards.
Everything said in the counselling room is confidential. Once you are comfortable with your weekly sessions, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.
There are some situations where you may be at risk to yourself or others, or where the law requires it, that I might need to notify an authority; however, in this rare case when I may need to break confidentiality, I would discuss this with you first.
You will be given more details about this in our working contract at the beginning of our work.
This is sometimes the case but everybody is different. Sometimes counselling can bring up difficult memories or issues for you that take some time to resolve. As you work through your difficulties you may feel that a weight is being lifted. But this is not always an immediate effect and for some alas it takes a considerable time.