Tidmarsh Timber Hut

Hello, I am Nichola Tidmarsh. I offer counselling and psychotherapy services in a purpose built, wheelchair friendly, safe environment. 

Tidmarsh Timber Hut is a beautiful Shepherd’s Hut located in East Devon, offering peace, confidentiality and a place to “just be”. I offer a compassionate and very human response so that you can be real about your problems and together we can move forward. In conjunction with the traditional talking therapies, I can incorporate many creative elements into my practice. These creative approaches are immediately engaging and you do not feel the pressure of always talking. At times, you may not be able to put your thoughts and feelings into words.

Tidmarsh Timber Hut Counselling and Psychotherapy in Devon

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My name is Nichola Ttidmarsh, I am a BACP registered therapist (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I am bound by its code of ethics and practice and subject to its complaints procedure. I am also registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council. I am committed to providing a safe and therapeutic environment for my clients and my insurance includes personal indemnity and public liability.

I have been supporting vulnerable children and adults for many years, as a Social Worker, Advocate and supporting adults and young people with Drug and Alcohol Addictions. These experiences highlighted to me, the need for therapeutic support for these vulnerable people, rather than a solution based and often practical approach to the behaviours that were leading to their difficulties.

Therefore, I retrained to be a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, it was essential to me that people had a safe and tranquil space to come and explore any behaviours, thoughts or feelings that were causing them distress in their lives, so I created Tidmarsh Timber Hut.

  • Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • BACP Accredited Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
  • Addaction MAP Mutual Aid Partnership
  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course
  • BA (Hons) Degree in Social Work
  • INLPTA Foundation Diploma – Art and Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • Cert Of Attendance Integral Eye Movement Therapy.
  • REIKI First & Second Degree of the Usui System of Natural Healing
  • The Impact of Trauma on Intimacy and Contact
  • AIM 2 Initial Assessment of Young People who Sexually Abuse
  • WAIS Domestic Violence Training
  • Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum Women’s Abuse Towards Male Partners
  • Nottinghamshire County Drug & Alcohol Team Basic Drug Awareness
  • Victim Support Basic Training
  • Coach for Rock 2 Recovery

I am a relational integrative therapist, and my hope is that our relationship will develop into a comfortable yet professional place where you can be yourself and that you experience that I am genuine in wanting to help you to make your own choices about your life and concerns. At the very least, Tidmarsh Timber Hut will enable you to have space away from everyday life stress and space and time to reflect.

I work in an integrative way which means I tailor my approach to each individual using several distinct models of counselling including The Integrative Theory of Self. The term “integrative” as it is used in our approach to integrative psychotherapy has a number of meanings. Primarily it refers to the process of integrating the personality, which includes helping clients to become aware of and assimilate the contents of their fragmented and fixated ego states into an integrated neopsychic ego, to develop a sense of self that decreases the need for defense mechanisms and a life script, and to reengage the world and relationships with full contact. It is the process of making whole: taking disowned, unaware, unresolved aspects of the ego and making them part of a cohesive self (Erskine & Trautmann, 1993).I believe that all human behavior has meaning in some context. I would support you to find out what that meaning is for you.

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I feel it is important, that your initial consultation with me should be free of charge, the success of therapy is dependent on how comfortable you feel with me and within the therapeutic space. Therefore, I will always offer you the opportunity, to first meet with me in person and to visit Tidmarsh Timber Hut. During this initial consultation, I will undertake an Initial Assessment and explore your reasons for coming and what you hope to achieve. This will be put into our therapeutic contract.

Every hour session thereafter will be charged at £50 per session.

Multi Session Purchase discounts are available. 

I do offer discounted sessions between the hours of 08.00-09.00 Monday to Friday. These are on a first come first served basis and are priced at £35 per session.

I wanted to ensure Tidmarsh Timber Hut is safe, comfortable and accessible. 

There is parking onsite and access to the hut and also the toilet facilities are wheelchair friendly. Once inside, you will be able to relax on the sofa and take in the beautiful views across the Devon countryside whilst enjoying a complimentary tea, coffee or water. 

More details on our location can be found on our Contact Us page. 

What is the different between counselling and psychotherapy?

The answer to this question is complex and will differ depending on who you ask, however, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) give the following guidance:

 BACP, as an Association, has not distinguished between counselling and psychotherapy. Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over the short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their well-being.

“Counselling and psychotherapy are services sought by clients to help them resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues within a context of confidentiality and clear ethical boundaries using evidence-based interventions to foster long-term recovery, increased resilience and well-being.

BACP sees no evidence of any difference between the functions of counselling and psychotherapy.”

Will the things I say remain confidential?

To ensure open exploration of the concerns that you have brought to therapy, I maintain confidentiality in accordance with the BACP ethical framework for Good Practice in Counselling and & Psychotherapy (Code of Ethics) – see www.bacp.co.uk. Under the same BACP code of ethics I keep client records (short summaries about what happens in session). I adhere to the DATA Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

I receive regular supervision in accordance with the BACP Code of Ethics to provide the best possible service to you. I am happy to provide you the name of my Supervisor if you wish and my Supervisor abides by the same standards for confidentiality and data protection. I will use your first name but not use any other identifying details about you. On very rare occasions if we discover there is a need to communicate with other professionals, this will only happen by first seeking your permission and knowledge of what is going to be discussed.

Exceptions to Confidentiality: I must pass on any information to the relevant authorities in cases where human safety is concerned including the following cases:

  1. If you threaten harm to yourself or to another person
  2. If we believe a child or protected adult is at risk of harm or abuse
  3. If the courts instruct us to give information
  4. If you share information about a proposed act of terrorism or another illegal act

If I feel that either you or someone else is in danger or at risk of harm I would first endeavor to discuss with you my decision for breaking confidentiality. Depending on the circumstances this may be your General Practitioner (GP), the individual in danger, Children & Young People’s Department and/or the Police. However, I retain the right to break confidentiality without prior consultation with you should I consider that the urgency of the situation requires me to act immediately to safeguard the physical safety of yourself or others.

What issues can counselling help with?

  • anxiety (generalised anxiety problems, panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety, claustrophobia)
  • workplace issues (stress, work-life imbalances)
  • relationship issues (breakups, divorce, affairs, choosing inappropriate partners, loneliness, life adjustments, marital problems, arguments, jealousy, wedding and premarital issues)
  • depression (including suicidal thoughts, low mood, social withdrawal)
  • low self-esteem and lack of confidence
  • sexual problems (impotence, internet/pornography/sex addiction, loss of desire, infertility)
  • trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder from accidents, rape and other attacks/incidents)
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • eating problems (including bulimia, binge eating, negative body image)
  • phobias and fears
  • addiction and substance misuse
  • abuse (including physical, verbal, and sexual abuse)
  • bereavement/grief/loss. 

How will I know if psychotherapy or counselling will work for me?

There is unequivocal evidence that, on average, psychological therapies have a positive effect on people’s mental health and well-being. Almost eight out of ten individuals who participate in counselling or psychotherapy improve to a greater extent than the average person who does not participate in therapy. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is closely associated with therapeutic outcomes. Client factors are some of the strongest predictors of therapeutic outcomes, such as high level of client motivation and involvement in therapy are closely associated with positive therapeutic outcomes. Clients tend to do best in therapy when they have a positive but realistic, attitude towards the outcomes and process of therapy, in particular when they are expecting that their therapy will be beneficial (within reason) aware that therapy may sometimes be challenging and difficult and are clear about what therapy is and why they are doing it. 

How long and how often are the sessions?

Sessions last for one hour, sessions are normally scheduled on a weekly basis.

How Many sessions will I need in total?

Counselling and psychotherapy can last a for around six sessions, or they can continue for many months or even years. Sometimes, thinking and behavioral patterns that have been around for many years (especially if they began in childhood) or which are quite complex (affecting different aspects of your life and relationships) can take longer to resolve. Once we undertake an initial assessment together looking at what you, personally, are facing, then we can get a clearer idea of how many sessions you might need.

How can I pay?

Cash/credit/debit cards