Nick Downing, PgDip, MBACP

Nick Downing, PgDip, MBACP



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About me

Modern life can be extremely challenging, and sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone who is not involved in our everyday life.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, with a postgraduate qualification from the University of Hertfordshire and considerable experience of working with young people and adults from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.

My main training is as a psychodynamic counsellor, so we will work together on you how the past has shaped who you are, and on how you can now begin to shape your present and your future. This understanding can then allow greater freedom of thought and action, so that old patterns can begin to change, and a different view of oneself in the world begins to emerge. However, I draw upon techniques and practices from various different models of psychotherapy, so that the approach, and the pace at which we work together, can be tailored to your individual issues and needs.

I believe that the integration of my life experience, my various trainings, and my experience as a counsellor enables me to create a secure and welcoming space where counselling can take place in confidence and with respect.

I see individuals of all ages, and at various stages in their lives, and I believe that we are never too young, or too old, to look at the choices we make, to discover new things about ourselves, to come to understand our feelings, and to bring about change, so that we can feel more fulfilled and have more control in our lives.

I offer short-term and open-ended therapy and am available for daytime or evening sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the University of Hertfordshire and have a BACP accredited postgraduate diploma in contemporary therapeutic counselling.

I have worked with clients on a variety of issues affecting their lives; including anxiety and depression; stress; trauma; self-esteem; self-confidence; bereavement and loss; creative blocks and procrastination; masculinity and men’s issues; and sexual orientation and identity issues.

I also work as a counsellor for MIND.

In accordance with the BACP's ethical framework, I undergo regular training to develop and enhance my practice. Recent training includes working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£45-55 for a 50-minute session.

Maps & Directions

Hitchin, SG4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am available during the day and in the evenings from Monday to Friday.

Types of client

Older adults