Mind Matters Ltd
Improving Mental Health
Mind Matters Ltd was created as a platform to provide professional mental health services in Accra-Ghana and surrounding areas.
We provide the following mental health services:
- Emotional Counselling – meeting on a weekly basis with people who wish to explore their thoughts and feelings in the safe setting of one-to-one therapy sessions. See Counselling for more information.
- Mental Health Workshops – these workshops focus each on topics such as assertiveness, self-confidence, stress-management, anxiety, anger management, team bonding & Mindfulness. See Mental Health Workshops for more information.
Dr Akwasi, Chief Psychiatric Officer, has on many occasions publically commented on the worrying lack of funding for mental health services in Ghana, which in the past year has brought the main psychiatric unit in Accra to the brink of bankruptcy. Also international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UK Department of International Development (DFID) have identified several gaps in the provision of meaningful local community mental health services.
Mind Matters aims to support much-needed mental health support to those with mild to moderate mental health issues in Ghana.
With a background as UK-qualified and experienced mental health professional, Mental Health Director, Daniela Nicol, co-ordinates Mind Matters services.
Daniela is a UK-qualified psychotherapist with extensive experience of providing counselling services and facilitating mental health workshops. She has worked for several UK institutions such as Buckinghamshire Adult Learning (as tutor of mental health workshops), Buckinghamshire Mind (as counsellor) and provided counselling services to several schools and colleges.
Alongside, Daniela ran her private practice Nicol Counselling over many years and gaining experience with a range of mental health issues. Lately, she has started to specialise in trauma-related disorders such as bi-polar, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, complex PTSD and DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder, the most severe of all trauma-related conditions.
Daniela believes that “helping people feel accepting of who they are and learning to like or even love themselves is like a gift to myself. When we are able to allow our feelings to flow we connect with others and the world becomes a better place for us all…”.
Having spent most of her life growing up in Ghana, and later marrying and having children here, Daniela moved to the UK in 2000. There, she obtained two diploma qualifications: Level 4 Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (2012) and a post-qualifying Level 7 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People (2014). At the beginning of 2018, Daniela moved back to Ghana, together with her husband, to start their lives here again.
Over the course of the past years she has provided counselling to clients of all ages between 10-72yrs dealing with a wide range of emotional issues, such as anxiety, depression, stress, anger, self-harming, trauma, PTSD, DID, bereavements, sexual orientation and many more.
In the UK, Daniela was a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) since 2010 and registered on the BACP Accredited Voluntary Register from its inception in 2013. As a guidance for working ethically, she always adhered to the BACP Ethical Framework and, although she could no longer continue her membership due to the relocation to Ghana early 2018, she fully intends to continue adhering to the principles enshrined in that document.
Encouraged by a supervisor in 2014, Daniela started facilitating mental health workshops and courses with a focus on assertiveness and self-confidence. Since then, she has developed a range of other workshops such as on anxiety, anger, stress-management, Mindfulness and team-building with more in the pipeline.
Daniela finds it incredibly rewarding to co-create with other workshop members an environment where participants feel safe enough to share their feelings and thoughts without fear of judgement. This process means that we allow ourselves to learn through our experiences (‘experiential learning’) and is by far the most enjoyable element for participants according to 80% of feedback received!
Over the next months Daniela is offering couunselling services to individuals, schools, public institutions and the private industry in Accra and surrounding areas.
Dates for regular mental health workshops will also be set soon and published on the Mind Matters website and Facebook page.
Daniela is thrilled to be back and bring the knowledge and experience she’s been able to gain and put it to use for the Ghanaian public. Describing her job, she says –
“Counselling is not a job – it’s what I DO!”
Some of the areas that previous clients have brought to counselling are:
- relationship issues
- sexual orientation
- low self-esteem
- experiencing racism
- Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Level 4)
- Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People (Level 7)
- Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Counselling Concepts
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – Concepts and Anxiety
- Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals
- Equine-assisted therapy (introduction)
- Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
- Neuroscience in Mindfulness
- Safeguarding Children
- Sandtray Therapy
- Supervising Groups
- Sustaining Positive Self-Esteem in Young People
- Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice
- Working with Families – Supportive Interventions