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Nicki Raffo MBACP - Young People, Adults and Couples Counsellor

St Albans AL1 & Kings Langley WD4
+447977465661 +447977465661

About me

Counselling can help when we feel stuck, lost and overwhelmed and can’t find a way to make sense of those difficult feelings on our own. I provide one-to-one counselling to both adults and young people who may be struggling with all sorts of issues. I am also a Relate-trained therapist working with couples of all ages and stages of life.

Teenagers  - this time of life brings so many challenges: academic stress, friendship issues and peer pressure, self esteem and body image... speaking to someone who isn’t a friend or family member can help you to see a problem from a different perspective, without judgement or bias. We can find the tools to strengthen your resilience and confidence.

Adults - I work with people who bring issues of stress, anxiety, sadness, anger and loss. I will provide a safe, confidential space and work with you to help you make sense of what’s going on in your life. We can unravel experiences and relationships from the past that have impacted you and help you untap resources within yourself to enable you to move forward.

Couples - if you are experiencing difficulties in your relationship or wider family, I can support you to look at fresh ways to improve communication and manage conflict.

Therapy should be tailored to the specific needs of each person - as an integrative counsellor I draw on different skills and approaches which best suit each of my clients, and I offer both long or short term work. An initial meeting can help us establish how best we could work together. If this is your first experience of counselling you may be feeling apprehensive: feel free to contact me with any questions, whether or not I am the right counsellor for you I can help you to understand how therapy works and what you can expect.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 6 Certificate Couples and Family Therapy - Institute of Family Therapy
  • Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling (integrative) - CPCAB
  • Level 3 Certificate Counselling Studies - CPCAB
  • Level 2 Certificate Counselling Skills - CPCAB
  • Working with secondary aged children - Place2Be
  • Regular CPD for risk assessment, safeguarding

Alongside private work, I have experience working in the charity sector - within schools for Place2be, in a local bereavement counselling service, for Mind, and as a couples therapist for Relate.

I am also part of a team of counsellors at a charity in north London which offers affordable counselling for local adults and young people.

I work for an outreach service providing short term counselling for 13-19 year olds.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Individual counselling - £45

Couples counselling - £70 (negotiable)

I will consider concessions if space is available.

St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1

Kings Langley
Hertfordshire
WD4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Video (Zoom) sessions available.

Availability

Weekdays 9am - 6pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Nicki Raffo MBACP - Young People, Adults and Couples Counsellor

Nicki Raffo MBACP - Young People, Adults and Couples Counsellor