Nicola Branson, MBACP, Dip Couns, BA (hons), MA
Hi, I'm Nicola, I am a self-employed counsellor in private practice.
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 professional counsellor can help, sharing an external perspective can provide the tools needed to make changes to allow you to live your life based on what you value.
I work with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, bereavement, addiction and anger, and my aim is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where trust can be established. I want to help each client to feel less overwhelmed and more supported, meeting external and internal challenges and to work flexibly, taking into account individual needs.
Working in a collaborative way with clients to view problems and issues that they are facing, helps 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.
This allows us 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.
If you would like to find out more about how I can help, please do get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work for Cardiff University as a counsellor in student support and deliver workshops, courses and group work in mental health and wellbeing. I also have experience working for Barnardo's and Place2Be as a schools' based counsellor, and I have worked for New Pathways counselling victims of rape and sexual abuse.
My approach is Humanistic Existential, which is person-centred combined with Acceptance Commitment Therapy, which works with behavioural change based on client values and using mindful practice.
- Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- 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
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- £45 for an hourly counselling session.
Concessions are available to students and individuals on a low income, please contact me for details.
My working hours are Monday - Friday and I am able to be flexible to accommodate evenings.