Nicola Griffiths - Counsellor

Nicola Griffiths - Counsellor


07885 281893

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About me

Experienced BACP counsellor and psychotherapist working in private practice. I offer daytime and evening appointments to individuals aged 16yrs and above.

In private practice for 5 years. I have a particular interest in working with clients with anxiety, trauma, historical child abuse, sexual abuse, boarding school experienced, relationship issues, self esteem issues, health anxiety, Aspergers and business professionals presenting with stress.

Formally a social worker with care leavers, good understanding of social services, stress of being a social worker, impact of being a child in care.

I offer good quality, professional counselling. You will be in a safe space where confidentiality is integral to your session. Build a relationship which is supportive and compassionate. You will be empowered, enabled and be able to regain control over your life.

You can be assured of a commitment from me within our working relationship. We will arrange appointments at a time to suit you. You will be in a safe, warm, confidential space which you can talk.

Getting Started

Feel free to give me a call or email to arrange a free initial conversation to discuss how I can help you.

Call Nicola on 07885281893

Email Nicola.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Are counsellors the antidote to toxic workplaces? by Helen Jones BACP CPD Hub vídeo presentation - 10th February 2020
  • Couples Counselling by Human Givens 5th February 2020
  • Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm Online Training by Carolyn Spring - 22nd January 2020.
  • Family Law - Divorce & Financial Implications, Children Law update, Domestic violence law update, Alternative dispute resolution by The Eaves and Pennington Manches Cooper Family Team - 24th October 2019.
  • Mental Health and the body: Treating Trauma PODS training 12th October 2019
  • An Introduction to Working with Eating Disorders by Dr Lucy Hale - 21st September 2019
  • Food – More than just a fuel for the brain! Presented by Orla Stone Dietician - 8th June 2019
  • Evidence-based psychological treatments for trauma - a cognitive approach to PTSD and complex grief Trauma Michael Duffy examines PTSD with a special emphasis on trauma linked to conflict and terrorism and current recommendations for the treatment of PTSD -12th March 2019 - BACP Webinar
  • Loss: What does life mean for me now? - October 2018 - BACP Webinar
  • Post natal mental illness - Dr Jo Gee 29th September 2018 - The Eaves
  • Focus on Survivors Conference 24th July 2018 - University of Suffolk
  • BACP Research conference - Counselling changes lives: research that impacts practice 11th 12th May 2018
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder: The Fundamentals - 13th October 2017 - PODS
  • Identity: can you tell me who I am - 23rd September 2017 - BACP webinar
  • Working with Relational Trauma - 24th March 2017 - PODS
  • Supporting Refugee Survivors - 6th March 2017 - SARSAS
  • Vicarious Trauma - 17th October 2016 - SARSAS
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - 2nd 3rd March 2016 - Living Works
  • Autism Awareness Course - Somerset skills and Learning Programme 2016
  • Trauma , Dissociation and Recovery - 27th November 2015 - PODS
  • Working with Sexualised Trauma - 7th February 2015 - Zoe Lodrick
  • Adolescent Development & Substance Misuse - 16th January 2013 - Freespace
  • Safeguarding Adolescents - 21st 22nd June 2010


  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling level 4 2016
  • Certificate in Counselling level 2 2014
  • Art Therapy Foundation Course 2006
  • BA Hons in Applied Social Studies 1998
  • Diploma in Social Work 1997
  • Diploma in Nursery Nursing 1988

Work Experience

  • Private practice
  • PAM ASSIST EAP Organisation - Glastonbury / Wells
  • Private practice - Glastonbury /Wells
  • Support worker with people who have experienced rape and sexual abuse
  • Counsellor at Elim Connect - Wells
  • Counsellor at Truro Young Womens Centre -Truro
  • Social Worker at 16 + Team - Bodmin
  • Counsellor at Jigsaw Project - Truro
  • Social Worker at Children and families Team - Plymouth
  • Social Worker at Children with Disabilities Team - Wandsworth
  • Project Worker at Barnardos with Families in Temporary Accommodation - London Bridge
  • Social Work Assistant at Children and Families Team - Kingston
  • Family Support Worker at Alpha Road Family Centre - Surbiton

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Women
  • Young people 16 years upwards
  • Men
  • Childhood abuse
  • Care leavers

Photos & videos

  • Counselling Room
  • Nicola Griffiths
  • A satisfied client
  • A Thank You card - with permission
  • Amsterdam Trip
  • Book The Courage To Be Me
  • Book - Recovery is my best revenge
  • The Beck Diet Solution
  • Book - Mind over Mood
  • Motivation needs renewing regularly to achieve goals
  • Sharing your story eases the pain
  • Domestic Violence
  • Which step have you reached today?
  • Dissociation means your brain is protecting you from the trauma
  • '2 heads are better than 1'
  • Find your safe place
  • It's all in your head -stories of psychosomatic illness


Free 20 minute phone consultation.

£50 per individual counselling session

£40 for student individual counselling

£45 for COVID-19 key workers

  • Free / low-cost sessions for Keyworkers

Further information


“Nicola was very supportive from having my 1st session. She made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. In order that I could speak freely about the trauma I experienced. There was a lot I needed to talk about (including tears).  Nicola was kind, understanding and helped me deal with my irrational thoughts and emotions and helped me put things into perspective. She also helped me with my career. Anon

"I felt at ease, gave me things to think about before the next session and work on, motivated me to get things done which may be causing me stress, helped with confidence. An hour seems to go so quick which is a good thing because I am encouraged to talk and I am getting my feelings out" Anon

"Being able to tell you things that have bothered me for many years, the difference it's made is unbelievable. Also being told certain things are not my fault, family and friends always say that but to hear it from Nicola was more helpful than I could ever of imagined. Nicola is so easy to talk to doesn't judge. For the first time in years my head isn't full of negative thoughts. Thank you" TH

'These sessions have been so helpful and I have begun to understand why I still felt guilty when logically I knew it was not my fault' NM

Maps & Directions

Leatherhead, KT22

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I offer appointments in the evenings and day times.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme