Nicola Edmunds. MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy. MNCS (Accredited)
As a highly trained and experienced counsellor, I take a person-centred approach. I take the time to fully explore with you the presenting problems and the relationship between them. Offering individual or couple counselling in a professional and approachable service. This in depth approach enables clients’ of all ages to explore areas of difficulty in their lives, at a pace that suits them. Whether that is relationship problems, anxiety, stress, bereavement, low self esteem, depression, conflict at work or school or any other issues that you are finding difficult to deal with. I work in a gentle and supportive way, whilst always working within a safe and ethical framework. Counselling can be challenging but often rewarding and life changing.
I am based nr Lydney and work from my home office which offers a peaceful place to think, talk and reflect whilst overlooking lovely views of the forest.
I can offer appointments daytime or evening. If you are unsure if I am the right counsellor for you please get in touch and we will spend an hour on your initial consultation. We can talk about what has brought you to therapy and what support you feel you need from me as your counsellor. This consultation will cost £25. Following this introduction we will work together weekly or fortnighly, where I will provide a warm welcome and safe place for you to look at what is difficult in your life. We will review our work together at regular intervals. Counselling can be short or long term and I am happy to work on either term as it depends on what the individual or couple need at the time.
My background is in mental health and medicine, during this time I worked with children and then adults.
I love to spend time walking, gardening, reading, photography, and listening to music. My curiosity is behaviour and why we do what we do, I feel privileged to be able to walk alongside individuals whilst they find ways to heal and enjoy life again.
I understand how hard it is to reach out for help, but when you find the courage, it will be received with empathy, compassion and without judgement.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Master of Science degree from the University of Bristol in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling also from the Univeristy of Bristol (BACP Accredited)
I am a Accredited Counsellor with the National Counselling Society and recorded on the society register.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts honours Degree in English Literature; which enables me to facilitate a therapeutic writing or creative approach if this is helpful for clients’ to express themselves through difficult subjects.
My research thesis was an arts-based auto-ethnography on domestic abuse and trauma.
I have experience of working in a creative framework, arts based, image work and visualisations.
I research all areas that I work with, and continually undertake personal and professional development through workshops and training days:-
Systemic Constellation with Vivian Broughton.2010
Therapeutic Writing Workshop with Kim Etherington. 2010
Compassion Focused Therapy with Ali Leftwich 2010
The Mastery of Expression with Dr Adrian Longstaffe. 2010
Selves In Action. Dr Adrian Longstaffe & Shanti Sherton 2011
Trauma from an embodied- relational therapy perspective with Allison Priestman. 2011
The Trauma Symposium. Process Work Stroud 2011
Meditation and Mindfulness. The Buddhist Centre 2012
Exploring the possibilities of Research with John McLeod. 2012
Pre-Trial Therapy for survivors of sexual abuse and rape. with Womankind, the Green house & Kinergy 2013
Kinergy Open Space Day to explore counselling practise working with survivors of abuse.2013
Conference led by The Greenhouse; Kinergy and Womankind Giving a voice to and supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse. November 2013.
Foundation Herbal Course for health and wellbeing Rhizome Herbal Clinic Bristol March 2104.
Working with sexually Abused Males. New Pathways 2016
Somatic trauma training with Babette Rothschild 2016/17
"Look after yourself: self care for counsellors" Network counselling & Training January 2017
Currently studying Snr Accredited Diploma in Supervision. (qualified in July)
Trauma and Internal Family systems with Liz Martins ( April 2017 )
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am head of counselling at Kinergy. I clinically lead a team of 26 counsellors, some experienced and some training and on placements. I have practiced as a trauma counsellor at kinergy for eight years. Kinergy is a charity specializing in work with sexual abuse and rape. I have experience of working with men and women who have survived sexual and physical abuse. This work often brings clients who are suffering with complex mental and physical health issues and often post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) an area of therapy within my field of knowledge.
I am also a member of The sporting chance / Professional Football Association. Working in the South West with clients who has suffered sexual abuse.
I am the wellbeing Counsellor for Watts Urethane Lydney.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
£40 for individuals.
£55: for couples.
£25: for Initial Consultation.
Some concessions available for OAPs, Students and low or unwaged.(£30).
"Truly a life saving experience" (S K, 2011)
"An opportunity to relieve the pressure inside, once the pressure was released I could look at things in a more reasoned way" "Art therapy worked for me" (S B, 2011)
"We are better as a couple now than we were before" (J I & A I, 2012)
"Having counselling has made me feel more confident and given me a voice to stand up for myself" (D C, 2012)
"Nicola is very warm, easy to talk too and empathetic. She is able to add a new perspective to problems and come up with some real and practical solutions that help. I found it a very rewarding experience and it certainly helped the communication and balance in our relationship." (M S, Jan 2013)
"Counselling with Nicola gave me the courage to step outside of my fears and uncertainties and look at them from a different angle, which in turn, gave me the clarity to face them head-on and conquer them. My approach to life and how I see myself has changed so much and I can see how I've transformed and moved on in so many positive ways". (M D, Feb 2013)
"I found Nicola an invaluable help and great support when going through a tough time in my relationship. She was able to make us see things from both sides and ultimately build a much stronger and successful partnership" (A & P, Sept 2013)
"A thoroughly professional mixed with a human touch and appropriate personal experience which enabled me to deal with my issues to a positive conclusion" (N E, Dec 2013)
I was struggling with stuff left over from a bad relationship, we worked on that and also my self esteem and confidence issues. I've got the old me back, and for that I will be eternally grateful. Nicola is a wonderful counsellor, I found her easy to talk to. counselling can be emotionally difficult at times but it is honestly the best thing I have ever done. I always felt at ease with Nicola and I cannot recommend her highly enough. if your thinking about having some counselling I would urge you to have a go, its changed my life, my attitude to myself and my view on relationships. (R D, Jan 2014)
I cannot put into words how much you have helped me to let go and move on, you helped me find strength I never thought I had to become more confident about myself. (CS Oct 2104).
Nicola is a friendly and warm counsellor. I found my time with Nicola to be hugely helpful in my own spiritual growth and in dealing with difficult matters from the past. Nicola provides an environment which is safe, welcoming and professional. Counselling with Nicola provided me the space I needed to express myself and I was able to express myself through creativity which was hugely beneficial. I would recommend Nicola to anyone that wanted a real professional with a human touch. (NB March 2015)
As two adult intelligent people experiencing a relationship difficulty we approached Nicola for help. Her CV in
relationship counselling was the factor that made us approach her as opposed to the many counsellors available in our area.
We found her to be unbiased,truthful,experienced,patient and extremely helpful without making any one partner feeling blamed and gave us a strategic path forward to help us in our future relationship. We would highly recommend her to anyone with a relationship problem.
(Alan and Ann 2016).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Thursdays, and alternate Fridays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|