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Nicola Terry MA (Dist.), Reg. MBACP (Accred)

Liverpool, Merseyside, L18 0151 7335039 0151 7335039 Registered / Accredited
Liverpool, Merseyside, L18
0151 7335039 0151 7335039

About me

I am a fully qualified, BACP registered and accredited counsellor/psychotherapist holding over 17 years' experience with many kinds of problems. Initially trained in person-centred therapy, I now work in an integrative way - my experience has shown me that different people need different things at different times.

My integrative approach enables me to work flexibly with a variety of people and their concerns. Aiming to always work in a way that is the most helpful for my clients, I see the value of using other approaches to therapy, understanding that everybody is different in the way that they look at their life and how they may understand their problems.

For example, some clients may find it helpful to explore their past, in particular their childhood experiences - relationships with parents, siblings, family members or other significant figures in their lives, often shedding light on their current problems, difficult relationships or unhelpful beliefs about themselves.

Other clients prefer to focus on specific concerns, collaborating together on a work plan or agenda and then seeking solutions and working towards their goals. CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), which works towards developing ways of coping with or changing negative thought patterns or behaviours, can often be very helpful in this and many of my clients have found it useful to collaborate and discuss ways forward in their sessions. This is always done with small 'bite-size' moves, always with a view to making it realistic and achievable.

At times, I will also consider working with the concept of the 'inner child', as well as general self-care and lifestyle choices, depending on each person's unique needs. Learning ways to relax - soothing the body and mind, using breathing techniques or mindfulness has also been useful to clients in the past.

Sometimes, clients will identify unhelpful lifestyle habits or patterns, such as how their diet affects their mood, getting insufficient sleep or other stressful factors in their lives, and then work gradually toward making small changes to their self-care, understanding more about how to help themselves feel better both mentally and physically.

Many clients simply need a regular, trustworthy, safe and private space to speak and be heard without judgement or criticism.

Ultimately, I strive to provide all of my clients with a warm and confidential space, always allowing them to guide me in providing the right kind of support and information they might need; assisting them to work through their specific problems in a way that feels right to them.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Master's degree in counselling (for which I was awarded a distinction in 2012) as well as my initial Post Graduate Diploma in the person-centred approach to counselling in 2003. In addition, I am an accredited member of the BACP and on the BACP register of counsellors and psychotherapists.

I have also completed a certificate in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) as well as other training such as couples therapy; work around cultural and diversity issues - including lesbian, gay and bisexual issues (a gay affirmative approach); trans issues; HIV and current developments; and my own personal development.

My therapy experience has seen a wide range of people and problems over the years including depression; panic and anxiety; work-related stress; obsessive thoughts and behaviours; loss and bereavement; financial concerns; discrimination at work; homophobia, bi-phobia and transphobia; sexuality and relationships; family issues; bullying, low self-esteem, lack of confidence and assertiveness.

I also worked as a university counsellor at the University of Liverpool between March 2016 & 2017, supporting students with a wide variety of problems - academic pressures, financial concerns, general welfare and living, all impacting their mental health.

In addition to this, I worked for 12 years (2002-2014) as a sessional counsellor at Sahir House, an HIV charity organisation in Liverpool which provides support and information to those living with and affected by HIV.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Homophobia, biphobia & transphobia
Coming out
Discrimination & oppression
Managing life changes

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


Individuals  £55 per hour session.

My standard rate per hour session is £55. I also offer a limited number of places at a reduced rate of £48 if my standard rate is unaffordable. Please be sure to check availability on initial enquiry if this is a concern.

Making sure you feel comfortable when choosing your counsellor/psychotherapist is highly important and is the reason I offer a free, no obligation, half-hour meeting, giving you a chance to come and meet me and also see the premises from which I work. It's crucial that you feel at ease and you are invited to ask me ANY questions and generally spend a little time to try and get a good sense of what it might be like for us to work together.

If after the half-hour you decide to go away to think further about the sessions, then this is absolutely fine and there is no charge for that time. If however, you feel comfortable and decide to stay to discuss things further, giving us time to begin the assessment and contract, the rest of the hour will be made available to do this and the whole hour will then be charged at the standard rate.

I am also more than happy to discuss any concerns over the phone or via email, whichever is preferred.

Further information

I have week day availability (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays half day), both daytime and evenings (my last appointments run from 5.30pm until 6.30pm).

There is usually car parking available outside or near the premises and frequent bus services run within 100m from the door.

Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access due to my consulting room being situated in a room on the first floor at the top of a flight of stairs and no lift available.

Please feel free to call me for an informal chat about anything at all to do with attending counselling sessions; I have an answer machine and will always return your calls and emails.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (half day) - appointments available from approx. 10.00am through the day until early evening. My last appointments run 5.30pm-6.30pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Nicola Terry MA (Dist.), Reg. MBACP (Accred)

Nicola Terry MA (Dist.), Reg. MBACP (Accred)

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