Dr. Nigel Smaller DProf UKCP (Reg) MBACP (Accred)

Dr. Nigel Smaller DProf UKCP (Reg) MBACP (Accred)

Wycombe Counselling Service
260 Desborough Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2QR

40 Caversham Road

07802 433064

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Wycombe Counselling Service
260 Desborough Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2QR

40 Caversham Road

07802 433064

About me

Hello, I am Nigel, a therapist, counsellor and coach.

I offer my clients a safe, non-judgemental space using a style of therapy that feels supportive whilst promoting awareness and growth.

As a gestalt and existential therapist, my approach has an eastern philosophical feel whilst being grounded and practical too. 'Experienced' clients often tell me that they want more than someone who nods and smiles at them - they want to be heard but they also want to be challenged (in a supportive way). 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 both UKCP and BACP. 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. In both cases, over 450 supervised practice hours are required before becoming accredited. I have attained accreditation with both organisations after many years of personal development and training.

I also 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.


£60 per 50 minute individual counselling session

Further information


I am very grateful to those generous clients who have shared their experience of working with me as it sheds some light on the many questions and uncertainties that we face when seeking this kind of help. I hope their words are helpful to you too.

Hi Nigel,

I feel as a client of yours it's my duty to tell you that what you are doing is truly worthwhile. You have facilitated change in me that I never thought possible and although I have told you this in our sessions I want you to know that I truly mean it. I'm sure there are many clients you see who feel this but might not communicate it for various reasons and I know if I did your work I would want to know I was making the difference that you are!
Thanks again S (Male, 20s, Bucks, 2015)


Hello Nigel,


I just wanted to thank you for how much you helped me, I didn't know at the time how counselling would help me and it's only in the past year ... that I realised how much of a difference it has made to my life...

I know this is rather late with it being two years down the line but thank you for all your help, it really did make a difference.

Female Client (20s) Bucks


I found Nigel when I had burnt out due to a very high stressed corporate environment. I wasn't sleeping and had quit my job where I was managing a team of 50 and working 12-16hr days 7 days a week with a family of three, who I never saw and even when I did I was living my work nightmare.

I never thought I could get to such a point or such a state and certainly never though I would need counselling. So it was a quite difficult choice to get help, made more difficult by the sheer number of counsellors there are out there.

What stood out for me with Nigel was his corporate background. He has lived the life and understands the pressures that it brings. I immediately felt at ease with Nigel, he is able to cut through the noise in your head and bring clarity to where the root causes sit, why they have come about, the effect they have and against it not happening again.

Our sessions were part personal counselling, relationship counselling, business performance and techniques to better approach the stresses of the modern day corporate world.

I have found our sessions to be life changing, both at work and at home. I now approach my life in a very different way. Working hard every day to balance my work and home life and being very aware of warning signs that I might be slipping back to old ways.

I would highly recommend Nigel and find great comfort knowing he is there if ever the need arises in the future.Male client (30s) in Bucks 2015


He is an exceptional counsellor who makes you feel at ease and unjudged and just allows you to talk, cry, scream whatever you feel you need to do. This was not my first experience of counselling, but by far the best and most enlightening. Without Nigel I can honestly say I would possibly not be here today.

Male Emergency Services' Client (40s), Bucks, 2012


Dear Nigel,

I just want to say thank you for your skillful help when I found myself at a crossroad and was feeling confused as to which path to pursue to further myself.

You helped me see myself clearly and your ability to be present in the moment encouraged me to look ahead without letting those niggling "but what if" take over.

I feel that the counselling/coaching I had with you made a real difference to my life and I will always think of you with deep gratitude.

With very best wishes L, (Female) Therapist and Charity Director


Nigel has a sense of calm about him.  Being with him in a therapeutic environment feels safe and supported.  He helped me make great strides in understanding myself; shone a light onto areas that had been hidden to me, so that I developed a greater understanding of why I was feeling the things I was, and how these feeling were limiting my capacity to live my life fully and be happy.  I learned that it is OK to acknowledge my own vulnerability, to be open with others and to trust myself.  I will be eternally grateful.

Female Client - 50s Essex


I want to express my thanks for the support, prompting and guidance you have given me. Without this I would not have achieved what I have. Thank you. S

Male 50s Reading


Thank you for your patient support in helping me understand myself more clearly. I can't overstate what a profound impact it has made on my life.

Male (30s) Reading


Working with Nigel helped me to identify areas in my life where I was unaware, or more accurately in denial that, I had problems.  The gestalt work we did together helped me greatly with getting out of my thoughts and reconnecting with my body.  I learnt that although I thought I had gotten rid of some of my issues in reality they had just changed form which was why I was still getting unhelpful results in my life.  Gestalt helped me to get out of my left brained purely logical self and into my emotions.  It taught me to listen to my body and I began to understand some of the sensations.  It was a challenge for me and Nigel was supportive, caring and helped me to feel safe whilst maintaining a professional boundary.  I wasn’t judged and I felt that Nigel really cared about my situation and helping me to resolve it.  I would recommend Nigel to anyone who feels stuck, particularly in their thinking, and would like a holistic change experience that lasts. Female (30s), Reading

Maps & Directions

High Wycombe, HP11 2QR
Reading, RG1 7EB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


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, registered member of UKCP and accredited with BACP.

Online supervision:No
Telephone supervision:Yes
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