“For many years I shied away from talking about my own problems, for fear of being boring, whiny, or – worst of all – selfish, and was extremely hostile to the idea of therapy. Nick Malik helped me to see the process not as self-indulgence but as an adventure, a quest we embarked on together and in which I was the protagonist. Although it was often difficult and arduous, it has certainly never been dull, and thanks to his enthusiasm, insight and sense of humour I started to understand that my own thoughts and feelings could be as interesting and worthy of discussion as those of others. After just a few conversations, I began to see how I could move forward with my life and balance my own needs with those of my friends and loved ones, without feeling guilty or negligent.
I had heard a lot of horror stories about therapists who stick rigidly to one formula or theory and who are determined to make every client fit the textbook. It was a relief to find that Nick is exactly the opposite. Although he has a huge body of knowledge which he is happy to use and to share, I always feel that he is listening to me rather than his own preconceptions.
There is no pointless navel-gazing involved in working with Nick – his approach is unfailingly kind but also challenging, and there is never a wasted moment. If he picks you up on a detail you previously thought was insignificant or asks a question that seems obscure (and he will), trust him and go with it. All will become clear!”
— Katherine, W4
“The persistence and raw compassion Nick showed allowed me to feel comfortable opening up. He helped me understand that it is okay to be uncomfortable when facing down my demons. In so doing, I became much more comfortable in my skin. I deal with life better today than I ever did before I met Nick. I feel prepared to handle whatever new challenges come my way in the future.”
— David, NW6