Nicola Branson, MBACP, Dip Couns, BA (hons), MA

Nicola Branson, MBACP, Dip Couns, BA (hons), MA

Barry Island
Vale Of Glamorgan

07779 638017

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About me

How Counselling can help

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming with Issues such as anxiety, stress, depression or bereavement an unbearable burden. It may be too much to deal with and talking to a counsellor can help.

Working with a professional; sharing an external perspective can provide the tools needed to make changes to allow you to live your life based on what you value.

My Approach

I work with an integration of the Humanistic Existential approach which is person-centred combined with Acceptance Commitment Therapy, which works with behavioural change based on client values and using mindful practice.

I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where trust can be established. I work in a collaborative way with clients to view problems and issues that they are facing to help them in gaining new perspective and building skills to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings, so that they have less influence and impact on daily life.

I work with clients to focus on choices based on core values and to help identify and work with emotional intelligence in a creative way which can unlock self-awareness and understanding, allowing observation of problems and clarity for greater coping mechanisms. My aim to help each client to feel less overwhelmed and supported to meet external and internal challenges and to work flexibly; taking into account individual needs.

My Current work and Experience

I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their code of ethics and principles.

I am a self-employed counsellor in private practice.

I work for Cardiff University as a counsellor in student support and deliver workshops, courses and group work in mental health and wellbeing.

I worked for Barnardo's and Place2Be as a schools' based counsellor.

I worked for New Pathways counselling victims of rape and sexual abuse.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Cardiff and Vale College

BA (Hons)

MA (University of Bristol)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)1,2 and 3 Cardiff University

ASIST suicide first aid Certificate

Brief Therapy training - New Pathways

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Training

Training in Mindfulness - Alan Armstrong

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate - Counselling Skills for Working with Children

Genogram Training - New Pathways

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£40 for an hourly counselling session.

Concessions are available to students and individuals on a low income. Please contact me for details.

Further information


I work with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, bereavement, addiction and anger.

Maps & Directions

Barry, CF62

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Welsh speaker


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


My working hours are Monday - Friday and I am able to be flexible to accommodate evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults