Niki (Nicola) Lewarne Registered MBACP (accredited)

Niki (Nicola) Lewarne Registered MBACP (accredited)



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Registered MBACP (accredited)
Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Play therapy practitioner & qualified Supervisor

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive.”  ―    Brené Brown

At some point in our lives most of us will experience difficulties or events affecting our emotional wellness and there are times when it is more appropriate to find help outside of our usual support networks of loved ones, friends or collegues. Counselling provides a confidential, supportive space to use at such times.

I am an experienced, accredited, integrative therapist and play therapy practitioner. I am committed to working with my clients to find the most appropriate way to support them; building a relationship of trust and safety they can use to explore their issues, resolve the past, deal with the present, consider the future - their needs and process are met with acceptance and warmth. 

I have experience in a variety of other professional roles at all levels of business and in the voluntary sector and in many personal roles including a carer, partner and parent.  Essentially I am simply another human being with a range of life experiences and some specific expertise.

I work with adults and children, with most issues including:-  anxiety; depression; all types of abuse; addiction; phobias; trauma; self harm; major life changes; bereavement, grief, loss and attachment issues. I also have experience with agoraphobia and hoarding.

In addition I work in schools offering counselling, psycho educational groupwork and emotional wellness support to the entire school community - pupils, parents and staff. I offer inset training for staff and supervision to support staff and Headteachers with the mental and emotional health issues they increasingly deal with in their work.

I am a qualified therapeutic supervisor.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Certificate in Initial Counselling Skills (2004)
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills (2005)
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies (2006)
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2006-2008)
  • Rape Crisis Sexual Violence Training Course (2007)
  • Peace Hospice Bereavement Training (2007)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (2008)
  • Creative Arts in Therapy (2009)
  • Counselling Children and Young People (2009)
  • nocn Children Matter: Training for Professionals working with Children and Young People L3 (2010)
  • Attachment Theory and it’s applications (2011)
  • Ascentis Award in Clinical Supervision (2013)

Examples of other relevant CPD - Substance Misuse Training - Working with the suicidal client - Anger Therapy - Working with the grieving adolescent - Attachment Theory in relation to separation, loss and grief - Essential brief therapy strategies - Guided imagery and visualisation for therapeutic change - Working with clients who self harm - Understanding Cannabis – Death and Dying - Introduction to Sand Tray Studies - Sand Play Therapy – E-Safety - Loss & Love - Working with awareness and with the impact of the Practitioner’s  own attachment narrative – Self-care - Further Sand Tray studies – Understanding Dreams – Spontaneous Drawing for Client work and Supervision - Further Guided Visualisation training – Traumatic Bereavement workshop – Using knowledge of Neuroscience and Mindfulness – Awakening attachment needs in troubled children and teenagers – Child Protection - Creative Arts/play skills training – Working with Adolescents - Therapeutic Story Writing - Running groups - Cruse Bereavement for children and young people.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sibling issues
Creative therapy


I charge £45-£65 for individuals and £80-£120 for couples per session on a sliding scale.

Fees are payable at the start of each session by direct transfer, cash or cheque only.

Some concessions available, including student rates.

Further information

Sessions are delivered in my discrete, dedicated counselling room. I can offer home visits where appropriate.  Telephone or Skype counselling can be discussed.

Maps & Directions

Berkhamsted, HP4

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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