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 the senior lecturer and course leader on two programmes (Masters Degree Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the Post-Graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision).
Some Reasons People Attend Counselling
You may be looking for ways to manage depression or gain relief from anxiety or panic.
There may be a dilemma in your life, a significant issue from your childhood to resolve, or some other change you hope to make in the present.
Perhaps you want to talk about your relationship, your work, or your family. You may have worries about your partner, parent or child.
Or you could be struggling with a very difficult situation currently, or affected by the loss of someone or something dear. Sometimes other losses happen in life and you may be struggling with an illness, or a disability, or you may be caring for someone in ill health.
You may want to talk through sexuality or gender issues, or about your intimate relationships.
There may be stress in your life, at work, or in some other area.
What Type of Counselling?
I offer integrative therapy, which means that I am trained in a variety of methods (including humanistic, CBT and psychodynamic models) and 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 £30 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 fifteen years post-qualifying experience working as a private practitioner, in industry, for various charities and in education and training.
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
- 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
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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Individual clients £55 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 £30 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: £70 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|
Available for evening and daytime appointments, usually within two weeks. I will always try to return your enquiry within three working days.
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.