About me


You are taking a brave step when you make the decision to come for counselling and decide to do something proactive towards changing aspects of your life which you feel you can no longer deal with alone.

I recognise the need to be able to build up a trusting relationship with you and I believe I have the personal qualities required to allow this to take place. I possess a natural warmth and acceptance towards each person I meet, which will allow you to feel safe and ensure you feel as comfortable and safe as possible to be able to share the issues which have led you to seek counselling.

Normally I operate from a conveniently situated office in Newport. However, at present, due to the Coronavirus, I am offering sessions by Skype and telephone.

It may be that you will only need to have a short number of sessions and this does work well for many people, in my experience. Alternatively, it may be evident that a longer period of counselling is required, in order to reach your desired goals.

Often, the ability to be able to express emotions and talk through your issues in a safe, confidential space will be all that is needed.

However, I am also able to help you develop the tools and techniques needed to be able to better cope and help yourself when the need arises. Often, it is true that we have these resources within ourselves , but just need a little help to be able to discover them for ourselves.

I am here to support you at this difficult and often vulnerable stage in your life. I cannot change your life for you. However, I will strive to enable you to find new and more helpful perspectives, which will enable you to move forward more hopefully in your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified counsellor, having gained both my Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling and in addition to this, I have achieved my Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I am also a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and endeavour to abide by their ethical framework and moral principles.

Member organisations


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.


Additional information

Free initial half an hour consultation/assessment.

Subsequent sessions will last for 50 to 60 minutes and cost £35.


You can contact me at any time. However my counselling hours are as follows:- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Sessions at 9 a.m. (first session) to 4 p.m. (last session).

Acorn Counselling
18 Gold Tops
NP20 5WJ


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Heather Ryan

Heather Ryan