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

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

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  • £40 for an hourly counselling session.

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

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


Accessibility information
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