About me

Registered MBACP (accredited)
Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Play therapy practitioner & qualified Supervisor

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive.”  ―    Brené Brown

At some point in our lives most of us will experience difficulties or events affecting our emotional wellness and there are times when it is more appropriate to find help outside of our usual support networks of loved ones, friends or collegues. Counselling provides a confidential, supportive space to use at such times.

I am an experienced, accredited, integrative therapist and play therapy practitioner. I am committed to working with my clients to find the most appropriate way to support them; building a relationship of trust and safety they can use to explore their issues, resolve the past, deal with the present, consider the future - their needs and process are met with acceptance and warmth. 

I have experience in a variety of other professional roles at all levels of business and in the voluntary sector and in many personal roles including a carer, partner and parent.  Essentially I am simply another human being with a range of life experiences and some specific expertise.

I work with adults and children, with most issues including:-  anxiety; depression; all types of abuse; addiction; phobias; trauma; self harm; major life changes; bereavement, grief, loss and attachment issues. I also have experience with agoraphobia and hoarding.

In addition I work in schools offering counselling, psycho educational groupwork and emotional wellness support to the entire school community - pupils, parents and staff. I offer inset training for staff and supervision to support staff and Headteachers with the mental and emotional health issues they increasingly manage in their work with young people.  I support many business leaders and professionals to manage stress and interpersonal relationships at work and home.

As a Thrive Practitioner I am able to provide guidance and strategies to support children at home and at school and often work with parents and carers in this way.

I am a qualified therapeutic supervisor, Protective Behaviours Trainer and Mindfulness Teacher.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Certificate in Initial Counselling Skills (2004)
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills (2005)
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies (2006)
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2006-2008)
  • Rape Crisis Sexual Violence Training Course (2007)
  • Peace Hospice Bereavement Training (2007)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (2008)
  • Creative Arts in Therapy (2009)
  • Counselling Children and Young People (2009)
  • nocn Children Matter: Training for Professionals working with Children and Young People L3 (2010)
  • Attachment Theory and it’s applications (2011)
  • Ascentis Award in Clinical Supervision (2013)
  • Safeguarding - Child Protection trained (annual)
  • Protective Behaviours Facilitator (2016-18)
  • Mindfulness Teacher Training (2018)
  • Youth Mindfulness Teacher Training (2019)
  • Mindfulness in Schools .b Training (2019)
  • Thrive Approach Licensed Practitioner Training (2019-20)

Examples of other relevant CPD - Substance Misuse Training - Working with the suicidal client - Anger Therapy - Working with the grieving adolescent - Attachment Theory in relation to separation, loss and grief - Essential brief therapy strategies - Guided imagery and visualisation for therapeutic change - Working with clients who self harm - Understanding Cannabis – Death and Dying - Introduction to Sand Tray Studies - Sand Play Therapy – E-Safety - Loss & Love - Working with awareness and with the impact of the Practitioner’s  own attachment narrative – Self-care - Further Sand Tray studies – Understanding Dreams – Spontaneous Drawing for Client work and Supervision - Further Guided Visualisation training – Traumatic Bereavement workshop – Using knowledge of Neuroscience and Mindfulness – Awakening attachment needs in troubled children and teenagers – Child Protection - Creative Arts/play skills training – Working with Adolescents - Therapeutic Story Writing - Running groups - Cruse Bereavement for children and young people - Protective Behaviours trainer - mindfulness teacher for parents, adults and children.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sibling issues
Creative therapy


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I charge £50-£70 for individuals and £90-£140 for couples per session on a sliding scale.

Fees are payable at the start of each session by direct transfer, cash or cheque only.

Some concessions available, including student rates.

Further information

Sessions are delivered in my discrete, dedicated counselling room. I can offer home visits where appropriate.  Video calls are available and Telephone sessions can be discussed.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Nicola (Niki) Lewarne

Nicola (Niki) Lewarne