Nicola Dunkley

Aberystwyth, SY23 01970 832001 01970 832001 07759 833511 07759 833511 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a BACP accredited counsellor, working with adults and young people. My private practice includes referrals from Employee Assistance programmes and self referrals. I also work in a Welsh-speaking secondary school and on a university campus, seeing students (and staff, when appropriate). My initial training nearly 20 years ago was as a co-counsellor and I then completed a Diploma in Counselling in 2007 at Coleg Sir Gâr, a BACP accredited training in a humanistic, person-centred, integrative approach.

We all of us have problems and difficulties in life. The way these affect us is sometimes to do with how we see ourselves in relation to what is going on, the meaning we take from it. Talking to a neutral person in a safe, confidential space outside of everyday life can be an effective way to see things more clearly, gain a different perspective and work out what options you have. As a counsellor, I try not to give advice, but rather to help you find your own solutions. I am happy to listen to you talk about anything at all that may be troubling you. My expertise is not in knowing the answer to your problem, but in listening, enabling you to understand your situation more clearly, understand the patterns of behaviour or thinking you may be using and see what choices are open to you.

You may talk about anything you wish to. Sometimes people want to talk through a decision they have to make. Sometimes they are worried about their mood, feeling unhappy, angry, low, depressed, anxious, stressed, frightened, stuck, de-motivated, suicidal, lost, bereft, disgusted or ashamed: wanting a way out of these difficult emotions. There may have been a great loss or change that feels hard to cope with. There may be aspects of yourself that you do not understand, wish to change or with which you wish to be at peace.

The list below is not meant to indicate expertise in all of these areas, but rather what people have chosen to talk about with me.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling, Coleg Sir Gâr, EdExel, (BACP accredited training) 2007
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision, KRCS, (NCS accredited) 2016
  • 5 day Group Therapy, Coleg Sir Gâr, 2016
  • 8 day Mindful Practitioner, Lorraine Sherman 2014-16
  • 5 day residential training in Mindful Self Compassion, Bangor University, 2015
  • 7 day Practitioner Certificate in Sand Play Therapy Skills, PTUK, 2013
  • 5 day Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Bangor University 2011
  • ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, 2008

Cruse Bereavement Care, 60 hour volunteer training, 2005 and have volunteered with Cruse ever since as counsellor and supervisor.
Seren: 2 day training and 2 years working as a volunteer counsellor with Adults who were sexually abused as children.

CPD, usually 1-2 day courses on a variety of subjects such as Child Protection, Transactional Analysis, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) Solution Focused Therapy, Therapeutic Writing, Bereavement by
Suicide, Working with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Eating Disorders, Self Harm, Play Therapy Skills, Ethics, Emotional Freedom Technique

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy


I charge £40 per session (50-60 minutes)
Concessions are available.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Welsh


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Tuesdays and it may be possible to arrange an appt for a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I have recently qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision, trained by Kathy Raffles Counselling Services (NCS accredited).

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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