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Nicola Elmes MBACP

London SW4 & Brixton SW2
07900241191 07900241191
London SW4 & Brixton SW2

About me

Before you read on about me, as we are all experiencing, these are very challenging times with the outbreak of the Coronavirus. If you are working in the NHS and feel that you would benefit from some additional support by way of online therapy, please get in touch as I am working to offer some of my services for free of charge for a limited period.

"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change."Jim Rohn

Have you got that niggling feeling that things aren't right? You don't feel happy or you feel stuck in negative behavioural patterns? Or it could be painful unresolved issues from your past, or daily life issues like anxiety that are affecting you in the here and now. Therapy is a great place to start. Through a collaborative process I can work with you to identify what might be holding you back or keeping you stuck and giving you the support you need to move forward. I work integratively which means I use different styles of therapy but tailor it to suit you as every client is an individual and has different needs.
Relationship in trouble? Couples therapy can be invaluable for providing a safe space to work through all the issues that arise between you. In my experience many couples simply lose the ability to communicate effectively and get themselves heard. I can work with you to help get you towards having a healthy relationship. I find that sometimes just a few sessions can be really effective, but of course I offer long term work and support if it is required.

I strive to create a relaxed informal confidential safe space. I am currently based at the Awareness Centre in Clapham, alongside running my private practice in Brixton
I am qualified to work integratively and in CBT. I work with individuals, couples and young people.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a further Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their code of ethics. I am also a member of Cruse, Bereavement Agency.

I have gained experience by working in an NHS environment and privately with issues ranging from:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • relationships
  • family issues and couples work
  • bereavement

Lack of self confidence and low sense of worth and self esteem.

I am also qualified and experienced in working with young people (aged 12-19).

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

If a particular issue is not listed, please feel free to contact me to discuss.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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I believe that therapy is a collaborative process, so initially I would suggest an assessment session to establish why you are considering therapy and what you may hope to get out of the process.This also provides an opportunity to ask any questions and to address any fears or concerns that you may have. I am able to offer some concessions depending on availability.

My fees are:
Individuals £65
Couples £85

The Awareness Centre
41 Abbeville Road


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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


I am available week days and evenings. I can also offer weekend appointments if necessary. Please email or call me to discuss availibilty and we can find a time that suits.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Nicola Elmes MBACP

Nicola Elmes MBACP