Nicola Blunden BD (Hons), MA (Couns), PgDip Supervision, MBACP (Accred)
I am a highly experienced and qualified counsellor, psychotherapist, and supervisor of therapists. My style is warm, light, and positive. Clients evaluate my work highly, and I enjoy working with them on a wide range of issues and concerns. I care deeply about my working relationships with clients, and I am a trustworthy practitioner. I take ethics very seriously, and I offer a confidential, safe, and practical service.
I also teach on counselling and psychotherapy course at the University of South Wales, Newport, where I am a senior lecturer and course leader on two programmes (Masters Degree Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the Post-Graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision).
How Counselling and Psychotherapy Work
Counselling and psychotherapy can help you make sense of your past, and your present, so that you can flourish in ways that are natural and best for you. In your discussions with me you can explore your life experiences in a setting where you will be respected and heard. Deep listening, and the right type of curious exploration, can make connections between your history and the issues that trouble you now. Then you can make clearer choices about your future. This exploration happens in a warm and unconditional relationship, where you can experience the best conditions to grow and develop. I bring a balance of honesty and kindness, to help you experience self-compassion and acceptance of all the aspects of yourself.
What Type of Counselling?
I am a person-centred therapist offering integrative psychotherapy, and counselling which means that I am trained in a variety of methods (including humanistic, CBT and psychodynamic models) and I am skilled in matching that knowledge to your individual situation and goals.
Who Do I Work With?
I see adults and groups from a wide range of backgrounds.
As a matter of social ethics, I see some clients at a rate of £40 per session, for a maximum of eight sessions. I usually ask for evidence that you are in receipt of means-tested benefit, or in some other form of economic hardship.
Please note that I do not work with couples, which is a specialised area of counselling, for which your chosen therapist should be specifically trained and supervised. Do ask your couples therapist for examples of their training and experience in that field.
(A brief selection gathered from evaluation sheets)
"I feel like you have been a part of my journey and have been the one person that remained consistent throughout! You have helped me discover myself - the different parts of my being & for that I am grateful. I never imagined coming this far & it has been a pleasure coming to see you as part of it."
"Thank you so much for your genuineness, kindness and warmth."
"Having the space to talk, knowing that I was listened to, enabled me to begin dealing with issues that prior I could not even face. I have begun to feel more positive and confident. I feel I can have a life too."
"Nicola gave me a whole new perspective on dealing with my concerns and problems. I've tried to 'let go' more and accept others' help in the way it is intended. I've stopped trying to control everything. I would definitely recommend the sessions."
"I really appreciate the help and support you have given me. You always made me feel heard when I spoke, which is a big thing for me."
Training, qualifications & experience
Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling (2001)
Masters' Degree in Counselling (2010)
Post-graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision (2013)
I have eighteen years post-qualifying experience working as a private practitioner, and in a range of third sector settings.
In particular I specialise in helping clients with relationship issues, anxiety, childhood trauma, and bereavement.
I am a fully accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I am also senior lecturer at the University of South Wales, where I lead two courses, training Masters' students in counselling and psychotherapy, and supervision.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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Individual clients £50 per session
Student Counsellors £45 per session
Supervision of therapists and front-line workers £75 per 90 minute session.
Group Supervision by arrangement, £30 per two hour session.
Reduced Fee counselling 8 sessions at £40 per session. You will need to be in receipt of a means-tested benefit, or in some other form of economic hardship. There may be a waiting list for this provision.
Corporate Fee: £65 per hour. Reports: £50
I also provide training to individuals and groups in dealing with depression, restoring self-esteem, tackling grief and other subjects.
I provide training in stress management for organisations, relaxation methods for individuals, mindfulness and dealing with anxiety for therapists. Please contact me for further information.
In addition, I provide non-managerial, clinical supervision to front-line workers such as social workers, health professionals, youth workers, charity personnal and community development workers.
I have research interests in childhood trauma, therapeutic presence, supervisor ethics, and relational depth.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Limited availability at present.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified and highly experienced supervisor, offering expert and collaborative supervision to support you and deepen your practice with clients.