Nicky Adams

Location of practice: I am an experienced counsellor working mostly with addiction.  I live in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and work in Wiltshire.  I offer face-to-face, Skype and email sessions
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BA Hons, Dip Counselling, Cert Supervision, PGCert Systemic Therapy, Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals, Association of Family Therapy

I have been a clinical supervisor for six years, and a tutor and humanistic counsellor in adult education and addiction treatment for more than twenty years.  I also work with family members affected by others’ substance misuse disorders, using a systemic approach.  I teach on the University of Bath’s Addiction Counselling FD and BSc degrees in partnership with Action on Addiction; the subjects I teach are Person-centred Counselling, Yalom’s Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy, Diversity Issues in Addictions Treatment, Working with Families and Significant Others, and Supervision.  In addition I have developed various evidence-based treatment projects and manuals, and write and deliver accredited CPD training.   I have worked in a number of different settings, including prisons and therapeutic communities. For four years I was the counselling team manager at Clouds House, one of Action on Addiction’s residential services.  I have also worked for a university student counselling service.

As a clinical supervisor I work with individuals and groups, using the 7-eyed Model of Supervision,
with a focus on interpersonal relationships, collaboration and the therapeutic alliance.  I understand supervision to be important for an individual’s personal and professional development and models of learning influence my approach;  as a reflective (humanistic) practitioner I encourage supervisees to view their work in terms of stages of action and learning.  Kolb’s learning cycle (Kolb, 1984) encourages the application of learning following a period of reflection on action.