Nici Scott-Savage

EMDR Therapist, Counsellor, Supervisor

Nici is a qualified counsellor and EMDR practitioner (NZAC, EMDRNZ), and has worked in agency settings for over 8 years, prior to being in private practice for 5 years.

Based in the Manawatu, and currently working solely via Telehealth Nici works holistically, and incorporates health and wellbeing approaches into her work.  Sessions are typically 50 Minutes to an hour and $150 (funding may available depending on circumstances). Sessions are subject to availability, and are by appointment.

Nici calls on a wide variety of modalities in her work including talk therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, somatic approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy, focusing, Acceptance and Committment Therapy and explores life through the narratives we weave into life. She has also trained in career counselling and is able to support people in career decisions.

We have all experienced stress, challenging events or trauma to some degree when we were vulnerable. This causes beliefs or feelings to become stuck in us, leaving us with low self-esteem and other symptoms or problems. EMDR Therapy, or Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, uses eye movements to help both hemispheres of the brain to “digest” distressing memories and allow them to be stored in a calmed form, properly relegated to the past in a true mind-body way. The natural inner health in your brain will spontaneously find a positive conclusion about yourself, giving you a stronger sense of yourself. 25 years of quality research has proven that this amazing, comprehensive therapy helps people resolve issues of many kinds more quickly than other therapies, and that the healing “sticks” even 15 months later.  EMDR is endorsed by the World Health Organisation, The American Psychiatric Association, and the National Institute of Mental Health for its use in treating trauma.

The goal of EMDR is life enhancement, along with the processing of traumatic memories, and reducing their impact in your life.  EMDR is an approach that supports you to process memories – it is your body doing the work, the healing. The role of the therapist is to support and provide a safe environment to process these memories and events.

Nici also offers professional supervision for social service practitioners and other caring professions. She has been supervising practitioners for over 10 years, is an approved supervisor with  NZCCA, and NZAC for over 5 years, and has worked with social workers, counsellors, rehabilitation coaches, mentors, and psychologists.  Nici is an EMDR Consultant-in-Training and an EMDRNZ Board member.

Her approach is at the transformative end of the spectrum, and she is passionate about the growth of competence and best practice through the relationship that is supervision and the self reflective development it offers to the work. She also brings her holistic frame to this work.  Nici offers a half hour ‘meet and greet’ via Telehealth to those interested in supervision with her.

Nici is best contacted by email [email protected] or send a message through the website.  Send a text, leave a phone message and she will get back to you.

FAQs

Q What is EMDR?

EMDR is a neuroscience-based approach to healing trauma that utilises an 8-phase protocol. It is different from more traditional talk therapies, because EMDR focuses on the activation and desensitisation of traumatic or upsetting memories.


This means that negative self-beliefs, triggering visuals, and uncomfortable body sensations, like muscle tension, are desensitised and are no longer linked together by neurons in the brain. This frees the mind to follow what EMDR calls the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model.

The mind is able to think more accurately about life events or relationships and to recognize that these triggers are a thing of the past. EMDR allows us to live in our current lives without earlier life content affecting our here-and-now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkfln-ZtWeY

Q Can EMDR be done online?

EMDR is a neuroscience-based approach to healing trauma that utilises an 8-phase protocol. It is different from more traditional talk therapies, because EMDR focuses on the activation and desensitisation of traumatic or upsetting memories.


This means that negative self-beliefs, triggering visuals, and uncomfortable body sensations, like muscle tension, are desensitised and are no longer linked together by neurons in the brain. This frees the mind to follow what EMDR calls the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model.

The mind is able to think more accurately about life events or relationships and to recognize that these triggers are a thing of the past. EMDR allows us to live in our current lives without earlier life content affecting our here-and-now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkfln-ZtWeY

Absolutely yes! EMDR online therapy is possible. While EMDR is not a new therapy, EMDR online is a relatively new way to do EMDR therapy and it is important to note that the research is on-going. The research of online therapy in general has been studied and found to be highly effective (Barack et. al, 2007). Covid 19 has led worldwide EMDR therapists to embrace this new way of working. Assessment of suitability is a part of the EMDR model regardless of whether the work is in person or online.

Q Can I see you in person?

Not currently, due to COVID-19 I have made a choice to work online.

Q How long will the work take?

- It depends, on the goals, the history and the issues.
- After an assessment of the needs an idea of this may be indicated.
- Sometimes people need only a few sessions to get them on track with one issue in their life. - Others it is more long term.

Q Fees

- Individual 50 minute appointments $150 (incl GST ) negotiable to $115 (incl GST)
- Supervision / EMDR Consultation $150 (incl GST)

- Vitae services provider
- WINZ subsidy may be available

Q Qualifications and Registrations

- Bachelor of Business Studies (Management and Accounting)
- Diploma in Counselling
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling

- Member NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Member EMDR NZ

- Accredited EMDR Therapist
- Approved NZAC NZCCA Supervisor
- EMDR Consultant-in-Training
- EMDR Board Member

Q Cancellation Policy

If you need to change or cancel your appointment please try to give at least 24 hours notice, so that the appointment can be rebooked. Missed appointments may be charged.