Dr. Nigel Smaller DProf BSc UKCP (Reg)

Dr. Nigel Smaller DProf BSc UKCP (Reg)

40 Caversham Road

Wycombe Counselling Service
260 Desborough Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2QR

07802 433064

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40 Caversham Road

Wycombe Counselling Service
260 Desborough Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2QR

07802 433064

About me

I am often asked what areas I specialise in, to which I reply that I focus on "people". It might be that you are seeking therapy to address anxiety, depression or relationship issues but no matter what brings you here, you are at core a human being in a world with others. The stresses and challenges of this simple premise are infinite and our attempts to cope with our unique situation can only truly be understood by the people living it. Unravelling this reveals the layers of belief and givens which shape and hold us to unhealthy or meaningless modes of existence. Gradually the layers can be gently understood and challenged so that step by step minute increments of change help rebuild a more vital and meaningful way of being in the world.

As a gestalt and existential therapist, my approach has an eastern philosophical feel whilst being grounded and practical too. Balancing empathy, healing and challenge is part of the art of being a therapist and is what I would seek in a therapist myself.

Prior to entering the world of therapy, I had over 20 years in the corporate world and understand ’real world’ pressure, office politics, aggressive targets, presentation anxiety and the other varied challenges of that arena. I still provide training to corporates around stress, mindfulness and resilience.

Finding the right person to journey with is half the battle. Therefore, I am happy to speak to anyone via telephone for a free of charge and confidential call about working with me and to answer any questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified psychotherapist and accredited member of the UKCP. For those who are not aware - and most members of the public have no need to be - the UKCP requires a postgraduate level of professional training lasting about 4-5 years.

The BACP, however is the most popular accrediting body and requires a minimum diploma level of education and training - usually 2 - 3 years.

I have recognised qualifications in hypnotherapy, NLP and coaching which I can draw upon if it supports and/or facilitates the therapeutic work. In addition I am trained in EMDR and BLAST - two forms of eye movement therapy for the rapid reduction of traumatic symptoms. I am a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).

  • Doctorate (DProf) in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling (from the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling)
  • Diploma in Gestalt Counselling (from The Gestalt Centre)
  • Diploma in Organisational Gestalt (from Metanoia)
  • NLP Practitioner Certificate
  • Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (Foundation)

My first degree was in Mathematics and Computer Science from Brunel University.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My modality is Gestalt-Existential a philosophical approach that acknowledges our freedom to choose how we live and the challenge to live it authentically in a world where the opinion of others matter so much too. It is also creative and experimental, optimistic and relational.


£65 - per 50 minute session.

Maps & Directions

Reading, RG1 7EB
High Wycombe, HP11 2QR

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

In Reading only, I am afraid.


Mondays Tuesdays in High Wycombe, Thurs-Fri in Reading.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Hi - I am a practising therapist/supervisor and registered member of the UKCP. .

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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