Nick Tuftnell, MBACP, FdSc Counselling
Do you feel stuck, distressed, isolated or low?
Then I can help. Get in touch today to find out how.
How counselling can help.
Counselling is an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself and feel better about life's challenges. This might include overwhelming life changes or an accumulation of smaller factors that are holding you back. Regardless, great benefit can be gained from discussing them with a qualified counsellor. I can offer that opportunity whether you have, for example, low self-esteem, been traumatised, feel socially anxious or suffer from depression. I have experience helping people manage bereavement, relationship difficulties, general sadness, addictions and family issues, amongst many others. I provide safe, confidential and supportive counselling sessions.
What you can expect from me.
I aim to approach and carefully challenge your concerns together. This 'person-centred' mindset will form the basis of the work we do together. I also incorporate other techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), creative approaches or transactional analysis, if they feel appropriate. For example, if spoken words are failing you or you are a visual person we can work with a sand tray or writing exercises. Please have a look at this page on my website for more information:
What to expect in your first session.
During this session I will find out about you and what it is that has brought you to me. We will also talk about objectives for counselling, one of which will be to agree on a contract and relevant boundaries.
Please see below for photos and information about both the rooms (BS16 and BS2) in which I work. There is also some information about how to travel to the locations.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications and experience.
I am a fully qualified counsellor, holding an FdSc in Counselling with Distinction. I am registered with the BACP and hold a full DBS certificate. I have years of relevant experience, both professionally and personally. My style of counselling suits a wide range of clients but I have a particular interest in working with social anxiety, trauma, addictions and low self-esteem.
A little about me.
My background and life experiences are highly varied. I was born in Wellington, New Zealand. As such, my logo and business name were inspired by the MÄori people. More presently I am a husband, father and step father. As such, I am well acquainted with the challenges of a busy family and also single-parenting.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
Photos & videos
I charge a reduced rate of £25 for first sessions. Further sessions are £40 for 50 minutes.
I am able to provide counselling from two locations in Bristol. You can see pictures of both rooms elsewhere in my profile.
This is my main address, not far from the Fishponds Road end of Lodge Causeway. It is a residential area with no parking restrictions. During the daytime there is normally plenty of roadside parking. In the evening, there are still plenty of spaces but you may not be able to park as close.
There are many buses serving Fishponds Road, of which the 48, 48A and 49 are especially frequent. This makes access from almost any part of Bristol relatively easy. The bus stops are a few minutes walk from my address.
The room itself is well lit, cosy and very private. I aim to make you feel at home and relaxed. You are welcome you to make yourself comfortable and let me know what you need in order for this to happen.
This is a shared space in which I rent a room. I will try to arrange appointments with you such that we will not hear others coming and going, however this may not always be possible. It is almost directly opposite the Bristol Royal Infirmary and within easy reach of the city centre so bus or foot access is normally easier.
Bristol Bus Station is a few minutes walk away, which once again makes straightforward access from any part of Bristol. There is also an NCP car park nearby.
Here we can be in privacy, whilst also feeling safe and comfortable. This well cared for room has comfortable furniture and lighting. Once again I welcome you to relax and be at ease.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My room in BS2 is wheelchair accessible but unfortunately the BS16 room is up 2 flights of stairs.
I offer sessions on most weekdays and also Thursday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|