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MBACP (Accred)

About me

Hi, I'm Nicola, I am a fully qualified and Accredited person-centred counsellor.

I have a great deal of experience in supporting and counselling adults and teenagers. Through my client work, I have seen how powerful and effective counselling can be. I am passionate about the work that I do.

As a private counselling practice working one to one with both adults and young people, I offer you a welcoming and calm space where you can share your thoughts, feelings and difficulties confidentially. I will not judge or criticise you.

I will take time to get to know you so that I can understand and empathise with what you are going through. We work at whatever pace you choose so that you are able to find your own way forward. I offer both short term and long term work.

So... why counselling?

Everybody faces difficult, stressful or sad situations at some point in their lives. While reading this you may be experiencing feelings of distress, anger, anxiety, depression, low mood, low self-confidence or confusion.

Counselling is one of the ways in which you can take care of yourself through these challenging times. Counselling will give you the chance to process these feelings so that you can choose to accept or change things in order to find happiness in your life. Talking to someone confidentially outside of your friends and family network can be very helpful. Being 'truly heard' is a powerful gift. In being offered this through counselling you will find very distressing situations more bearable, you will be able to understand yourself and your situation more fully, and you will find ways to change things for the better.

What can you expect from our counselling sessions?

Your counselling session will be for 50 minutes - we will sit together and you will be given the space to discuss and explore what is going on for you. Each client is unique and therefore, each client therapy is different. It's important to me that I get to know you so that I fully understand what is going on in your life. In doing this, I can fully tailor your sessions to meet the needs that you have.

Sometimes you may simply need time and space to talk about your thoughts and feelings away from judgment present in the outside world. Therapy will enable you to understand yourself and develop your own solutions to problems being faced. Sometimes you may want a more practical, or solution focused approach where we can work together to set goals and work out coping strategies and the means to achieve these goals. We can work together each week using the most appropriate approach and technique for you.

I really look forward to hearing from you.

Please call or email, even if you are not sure if counselling is for you, and we can talk things through, free of charge and without obligation.

For the safety of my clients, I am currently offering remote counselling using telephone or Zoom/FaceTime/Whatsapp video. Please call me to talk this through so that we can work out the best solution for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hons) Social Psychology
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate of Proficiency BACP
  • Accredited member of BACP
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate

My Accreditation status with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (BACP) demonstrates that my practice has met the higher BACP standards as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.

In addition to my private work, I have been counselling and supporting others in the voluntary sector for nine years. I have been fully trained by the Samaritans to work as a Samaritans listener and I currently work as a volunteer counsellor in a Maidenhead agency. Further to this I have worked with young people as a counsellor in secondary schools in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

I undertake many hours of courses and conferences each year to ensure that I am up to date with the latest knowledge and developments in counselling. I have a wealth of experience working with adults and young people using both person centred and solution focused techniques. I have worked with clients struggling with a variety of issues outlined below, and I feel that my greatest learning comes from each client that I am very privileged to work with.

My interest in understanding and helping people began with getting my degree in Social Psychology over 20 years ago. Since then, I have taken on roles supporting and coaching others.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Additional information

  • £60 for each 50 minute daytime session.
  • £65 for each 50 minute evening (from 5pm) or weekend session.

When I work

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I am available to see clients in Beaconsfield and Chalfont St Peter.
Some limited availability in Maidenhead, please get in touch to discuss.

Further information

I base myself in a small multi therapy clinic in Chalfont St Peter. I also have access to counselling rooms in Maidenhead and Beaconsfield and can meet with you in these locations if this is more convenient.

The Fitzwilliams Centre, Windsor End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JW

Bodyworks Clinic, 15 High Street, Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, SL9 9QE

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults