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Mr Nigel Bailey

Mr Nigel Bailey

Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Becalm Counselling

In both individual and couples counselling, I work with you at your pace; exploring your concerns, anxieties and responses in a constructive, confidential and non-judgemental partnership. Developing your awareness and building upon skills and strengths will enable a new and positive perspective, improving the quality of your life and that of those you love. We will also create ongoing strategies to maintain your sense of purpose and self-fulfilment.


  • Wellshare, Level 07, Dymocks Building, 428 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000 0431 666 676 PHONE 0431 666 676
  • T9 I Distillery Drive, Pyrmont, NSW PHONE


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Individual and couples counselling and psychotherapy. Coaching and mentoring.
    Face-to-face and online sessions are normally available, but at present I have a waiting list and am only able to offer online appointments immediately I am available Monday to Friday.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Borderline Personality, Burnout, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Creativity, Decision Making, Depression, Existential Issues, Men's Issues, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Social Skills, Stress Management, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Solution Oriented

    In my work with individuals and couples, I utilise a number of proven clinical techniques for highly-effective brief, longer-term and group programmes, with particular focus upon personal re-evaluation and the initiation of positive change. I work with you to explore your anxieties, relieve your stress, allowing you to regain control of your life and to move forward with renewed confidence and self-esteem.


    • Graduate Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy - 2006 - Jansen Newman Institute
    • Graduate Diploma Psychology - 2013 - University of Sydney

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Quality Provision

    I undertake regular clinical supervision and professional development.


    A graduate of the Jansen Newman Institute and the University of Sydney, I have been in practice as a counsellor and therapist since 2006. With over thirty years experience in the corporate world, I combine clinical skills with a practical understanding of the stresses of modern life.


    Monday to Friday 8:00am-5.00pm (last appointment)

    Other online appointment times by special arrangement on request

    Transport and Parking

    Close proximity to bus and light rail.
    Plentiful street parking and onsite visitor parking


    1st session 80 minutes $160
    Subsequent sessions 55 minutes $140
    1st session 80 minutes $180
    Subsequent sessions 55 minutes $160

    Payment Options


    Note: Counselling is not covered by Medicare. However, my fee equates to the Medicare gap, so the costs are comparable. You do not require a referral from your GP and your therapy will not be listed upon your medical and insurance records.

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    10 Questions with Nigel Bailey

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I have always been fascinated by human psychology and behaviour. I worked in the creative industry for many years where this was regularly interpreted and applied from a very particular perspective. Increasingly, I found my attention turning towards a more human-centred and empathic interpretation of human needs, in alignment with my sustainable design objectives. From this, direct engagement as a therapist became the logical conclusion. I returned to university as a (very) mature student and have never looked back.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I see the world very much from a humanist perspective. I believe that we are all ultimately responsible for ourselves. This need not be an overwhelming burden, but rather an opportunity that continually presents itself if we are prepared to appreciate our potential and apply it assertively. This is my guiding principle as a therapist; encouraging my clients to re-evaluate their circumstances, to appreciate these opportunities proactively and to fulfil their potential.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Having worked in very highly charged and stressful business environments, I have come to see both the best and worst of human behaviour under extremes of pressure. I have found a number of useful strategies to manage and mediate, which correlates particularly well when working with couples, workplace and anger management issues. These have become particular areas of interest, within which I have learned to combine both established therapeutic modalities and my own practical experience effectively.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I combine a number of established modalities, contingent upon the needs of my clients. In general, my emphasis is upon solutions-focused strategies and behavioural therapies. While it is essential that we thoroughly understand our client's story and listen closely to their narrative, our objectives should then be to build effective and durable resolutions and to encourage an active commitment to change.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • This is a difficult one to answer as it obviously depends upon the circumstances. However I am a firm believer in brief therapy which encourages active engagement with the challenges from the outset as well as a clear timeline thereafter. My objective is to establish defined benchmarks agreed between client and therapist. We then collaborate actively in forging durable solutions. Obviously we must pace ourselves, but my objective is to establish progress from day one.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • It has enabled a much clearer understanding of both myself and those around me. I have become a much more tolerant and pragmatic person, able to communicate assertively but with appropriate empathy and respect for others. It has been a lifelong adjustment, but I have no doubts that therapy is tremendously important in enabling us to establish who we are and who we would like to be.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Helping people; it is as simple as that.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Definitely. I have more than my fair share of "bad everything" days.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • This is a huge question and one that is very difficult to answer without launching into improbably idealistic territory. Perhaps to put it simply, we need to recognise that we all occupy the same small and threatened planet. Until we can put aside nationalism and small-minded self-interest, to learn that we are all in this together, we will continue to pull ourselves to pieces. Calmer voices and sounder minds need to prevail, and guide us towards a better place to be. In this sense, direct parallels might be drawn with the psychotherapeutic process.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • The Complete Essays of Michel de Montaigne, the 16th century French philosopher whose musings on the little details of everyday life are as relevant today as they ever were.

      “He lives happy and master of himself who can say as each day passes on, "I have lived.”
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    Mr Nigel Bailey

    Nigel Bailey

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    Nigel Bailey (BA [Hons], Grad. Dip. Psychology, Grad. Dip. Couns & Psychotherapy, MACA); is a qualified professionally-registered psychotherapist and counsellor, a husband and father.

    With over thirty years experience in the corporate world and as an academic in tertiary education, I combine clinical skills and theoretical knowledge with a practical understanding of the stresses of modern life, and proactive strategies to make the most of it....

    • Sydney, Pyrmont
    • CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Solution Oriented