Nicky Willis

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Bangor, County Down, BT19 7QZ
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I previously worked as a Health Care Assistant for the elderly. Whilst being on maternity leave with my children, I decided to go back to education and do a Level 2 in counselling skills to help improve my empathic understanding with my patients and their family, especially in times of coping with the transition from home to care home and in times of grief.  Understanding the positive impact of 'just listening' to a person, I decided to carry on with my education, eventually completing a Foundation Degree in Counselling through the University of Ulster.

Throughout training, I had to engage in my own personal counselling therapy. My experience of this was very positive. I was able to gain a different perspective of my issue, address my own thoughts and feelings, the ability to be open and honest, whilst being heard and getting conformation that my own feelings are valid, without fear of being judged.  This lead to a better understanding of myself, challenging my thoughts, better ways of coping, but ultimately giving me the support to make changes in my life. Based on my positive experience, I endeavour to help my client in the same way.

Our initial meeting will offer an opportunity to discuss your issues and what you hope to achieve from counselling. If this is your first experience with counselling, I hope you will feel better informed about what entails and whether or not you feel that this is something that may benefit you. The initial session also provides an indication as to whether or not my counselling approach meets your needs and expectations.

I offer a safe, non-judgemental and empathic environment, which allows you to be open and honest about your thoughts and feelings. 

I use the three Core theories, Person Centred, Psychodynamic and CBT. This approach means that you the client leads the therapy session, meaning being able to talk about a variety of issues, past and present as they arise, instead of being focused on one main issue. It also allows us to work in a collaborative way to help you reduce any anxiety, have a greater understanding of yourself and ultimately reach your desired outcomes while feeling supported. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of the BACP, which means I follow their Ethical Framework for good counselling practice.

My qualifications include:

University of Ulster - Foundation Degree in Science/Counselling
Queens University - Foundation Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Ulster - Certificate in Counselling Studies   
CPCAB - Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
NVQ Level 2 - Essential Skills in Communication
NVQ Level 3 - Health and Social Care - Adults    

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.


£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

Each session lasts between 45-50 minutes and is charged at £40.  Long term and short term sessions are available.   The first initial assessment session is charged at £30. 

Concession rates for trainee counsellors £30 

Payment can be made via bank transfer or cash.

24Hrs notice of cancellation to be given. If less than 24hrs is given, 50% of that session will be charged at the next session, unless there are extenuating circumstances.        

When I work

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1B Balloo Way, Bangor, County Down, BT19 7QZ

Type of session

In person
Nicky Willis
Nicky Willis