Diocese of ChichesterDiocese of Chichester

New Head of Pastoral Care and Counselling

New Head of Pastoral Care and Counselling

New Head of Pastoral Care and Counselling has been appointed.

Nicola Canham will take up the role on 1st March. Nicola will build upon the work of Rebekah Golds-Jones, who was instrumental in setting up the service in the diocese.

Nicola is a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and has gained accreditation with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). She has over 15 years’ experience working therapeutically with a range of people including therapeutic support for adults with addiction issues and young people with mental ill health.

In more recent years Nicola worked for a local IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service providing free therapy for members of the community and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) with Canterbury University. She has provisional accreditation with the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural Psychotherapies).

Nicola held a recent role as Senior Counsellor at Burrswood Health and Wellbeing where she was involved with working to enhance the mental and physical well-being of clients, including clergy and their families, by providing one to one therapy and group work.

In her new role serving the Diocese, Nicola will oversee the confidential counselling service for clergy and their families, the pastoral care policy on the website and further developing the programme of well-being support and training for clergy in the diocese.

Nicola says: “I am acutely aware of how demanding the role can be for members of the clergy and their families as my father was an Anglican vicar and I am particularly looking forward to supporting members of the clergy and their families within the Chichester Diocese.”

Sue Mulvoy will continue in her role of Assistant Officer for Pastoral Care and Counselling, working alongside Nicola. The contact details for the self-referral system can be found at https://www.chichester.anglican.org/pastoralcare/