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Nicholas Ferguson BSc (Hons). Dip.Couns. MBACP.

About me

Why I offer counselling

I believe authentic relationships where people feel safe and experience being heard and valued, have the power to transform lives. I also believe the most effective counselling relationship is one where you feel able to explore your thoughts and emotions free from judgement.

To talk through what it might look like if we worked together, book a free 20-minute Exploration Call, here.

A bit about me

My own experience has been one where the support of a counsellor has helped me to make sense of life's challenges. This valuable input has also helped me to become more self-aware and recognise where I can make helpful changes.

I hold professional qualifications in Personal Performance Coaching, Person-Centred Counselling, Leadership and Management, and have gained a first degree honours in Applied Social Sciences from the University of Gloucestershire.

Also, as a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their code of ethics. This includes a commitment to continuous professional development (CPD) and the input and support of a qualified supervisor.

Working with me

Working at your pace and to your agenda, I will assist you in making sense of problematic thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Where helpful, I will also introduce you to ideas and practical strategies that could empower you to address the issues you want to resolve.

Some of the issues I have worked with people to address include:

  • Addictive behaviour(s)
  • Anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Stress

I offer face to face sessions from an office in close proximity to Gloucester town centre, and also provide sessions remotely via ZOOM.

Next steps

If you want to improve your wellbeing, explore an issue, or make sense of problematic emotions, thoughts or behaviours, get in touch with me for a chat about what working together might look like. I will aim to get back to you within 2 working days.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Social Sciences (1st)
  • ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership & Management
  • Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching (Coaching Academy)
  • MBACP Registered Counsellor (095486)
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Therapy Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling

Other:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Training
  • GSCB Inter-Agency Child Protection Course

My experience has given me opportunities to work with individuals, couples, and young people from various backgrounds. I have helped my clients to talk through and address a range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, addiction(s), relationship and family issues, bereavement, self-harm and cultural identity.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

I offer a 20 minute exploration call (via Zoom or phone) for you to ask any questions and talk through what it might look like if we worked together.

You can book a good time for us to talk, here.

Counselling options

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes and can be either short-term or open-ended at the following rates:

  • Individuals: from £45.00
  • Couples: from £60.00

Concessions available. Please ask for details.
Payments can be made by cash or bank transfer (BACS).

Further information

TESTIMONIALS

Example testimonials below. To see more, visit my website, here.

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"Nic created highly professional and focused sessions within which I could challenge my addiction. I found him non-judgmental, attentive and calming.

He gave me some great suggestions of how to think about things which remain a valuable resource for me to call upon."

Amy

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“Nic has been a genuine lifesaver for me. When I initially started my sessions with him, I was in one of the worst spots I had ever been in, mentally.

However, through the weekly sessions he helped me change my outlook on things and was incredibly accepting of my quirks.”

Adam

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“Nic was non-judgemental and quickly understood the difficulties I was facing. He provided thought provoking ideas and challenged me to think deeply about what I wanted.

This helped me to make sustainable changes, both personally and professionally, to achieve a much more contented life.

I enjoyed working with Nic and have taken a huge amount away from the sessions.”

Dan

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“Nic helped me to focus and deal with the issues that needed attention – the things I had been disregarding to cope with my pain in recent years.

Although the experience was hard, touching on very sensitive topics, Nic challenged me gently to really consider much better coping and management techniques – which are proving to be really successful.

Many thanks.”

Anon

Also registered with Life Coach Directory.

Gloucester
GL1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Availability

Please contact to discuss availability.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

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Nicholas Ferguson BSc (Hons). Dip.Couns. MBACP.

Nicholas Ferguson BSc (Hons). Dip.Couns. MBACP.