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Counselling Near Me Leicester

Counselling In Leicester city centre and Wigston, Near Oadby and Knighton

Nic Higham counselling leicester


You have probably found this site because you are struggling with depression, anxiety symptoms, or some other difficult experience related to your emotional wellbeing and mental health. You are not alone: many people face challenges with social anxiety, panic attacks, loneliness, anger or relationship problems.

We all have mental health and the state of our psychology has a big impact on our lives. Talking to a skilled, caring, qualified counsellor can help. You don’t have to have a diagnosis, any identifiable symptoms, or a mental illness. Many people benefit from mental health services, self-care activities, free counselling or private counselling at some point in their lives. We’re all human and life isn’t always easy.

I am a male counsellor based in Leicester and Wigston, offering counselling to both men and women.

My specialist areas are spiritual growth, and existential crisis (existential anxiety or angst). My counselling approach is particularly influenced by the Advaita (non-duality) teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj whose powerful and transformative teachings I have studied for many years. You might find my website on Nisargadatta Maharaj’s Nisarga Yoga, a non-physical spiritual approach, interesting.

“…you feel separate from your true Self, and you are trying to become reunited; that is yoga.”

“Who does not like to be, or does not know his own existence? But we take no advantage of this joy of being conscious, we do not go into it and purify it of all that is foreign to it. This work of mental self-purification, the cleansing of the psyche, is essential… It is useless to fight the sense of being a limited and separate person unless the roots of it are laid bare… Clarification of the mind is Yoga.”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

I believe you have the capacity to become who you truly are beyond your current difficulties. I offer a safe, supportive space to identify, explore and work through what is holding you back from living the life that you are.

I am based at a Leicester counselling centre called ‘Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling’. I also have an office in Wigston.

In my private counselling practice, I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches and offer bespoke sessions for each client meaning the work we do evolves accordingly with the unique experience of each person. I have 10 year’s experience working in the NHS. I’m not a psychologist or psychoanalyst.

While you won’t be analysed, diagnosed or tested, counselling (or therapy) is a form of helping which values and seeks to identify people’s innate internal resources, coping abilities and strengths. It is confidential and judgment free and based on the principle of empowerment.

I have a counselling room in Leicester City Centre, and one in Wigston, close to Knighton and Oadby

Contact me by clicking here

“In an attempt to protect those around us, perhaps out of fear of being judged, it’s not uncommon to ‘bottle up’ worries or concerns. While it might not bring the solution you need, simply confiding in someone you trust can bring an enormous sense of relief. If this is difficult for you, or there simply isn’t anyone you feel you can talk to, seeing a registered counsellor or other professional therapist might be just what you need to get back on track.“

– Natural Health Magazine

“Research shows that counselling is one of the best ways to deal with stress and mental health issues. But accessing services can be difficult, with long NHS waiting lists and costly private sessions.“ – Women’s Weekly

  • Each 50 minute session costs £40
  • I work on a sliding scale down to £25 depending on each person’s affordability. We will discuss this in your first session.
  • 0116 288 4218 / [email protected]
  • I am based in Leicester city centre at ‘Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling’ and Wigston
  • Student discount available
  • Counselling students pay £25 per session
  • 10 years experience of working within NHS

There’s no obligation after your first session to book in further contracted counselling sessions. You may also consider asking your GP about free counselling in Leicester on the NHS.

If you’d like to arrange a session, please contact me. We can either meet in person at my private practice in either Leicester or Wigston, or by Skype. Sessions last 50 minutes and cost between £25 and £40 (depending on your affordability).

£30 for further education, university students and unwaged

Professional Qualifications:
– Level 4 Higher National Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling
– Level 3 Certificate In Counselling Skills
– Foundation Course in Groupwork (Group Analysis / Group Analytic Psychotherapy)
– Results Life Coach
– Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
– Neurological Re-patterning
– Ericksonian Hypnosis

Professional Membership:
– Individual Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

– I’m also a member of the spirituality and private practice divisions of BACP

Please send me a message, along with your contact details, and I will respond to you as soon as I can. If we both feel counselling could help you, we can arrange to meet face-to-face to discuss your difficulties and the possibility of further sessions.


Some of the benefits and outcomes of counselling

  • A confidential and empathic space in which to safely explore your difficulties
  • Relieve your emotional pressure by confidentially talking about your thoughts and feelings
  • Understand who your really are and how and why you relate to those around you
  • Uncover new important insights to help clarify and address your problems
  • Learn to think and feel about yourself in new, helpful ways
  • This sort of support is less about guidance and more about talking to somebody who really listens – judgement free
  • Find inner-resources and strength, discover solutions that are waiting to be found within you
  • Boost your sense of self-worth and self-esteem, explore the sort of person you are and would like to become so you are free to be yourself
  • Get help with specific problems (such as depression counselling, anxiety, anxiety symptoms, panic attacks, social anxiety, relationship and work issues) in the ‘here and now’, and also those that come from the past
  • Work on personal skills, self-awareness and self-knowledge to feel more empowered
    Cope with relationships problems (i.e family, partner, friends or colleagues etc)
  • Find more acceptance of your challenges and take action to change things where you can
  • Live your life in a way that is most meaningful and satisfying to you