Nicola Stockford MBACP, BSc (Hons) Systemic Counselling, PG Dip Supervision
Pen-y-bont Ar Ogwr
07717 413899 / 07717 413899
I am a caring, encouraging and mindful counsellor and supervisor with experience of working in the voluntary field as well as private practice. I currently work as a counsellor in the NHS, but I also work in private practice with individuals and couples, and also provide supervision for individuals and groups. As a member of BACP I work within a safe ethical framework and offer expert listening and attention in a respectful, non-judgemental and confidential way. It is reassuring when people find hope after being heard, feel understood, and find clarity and confidence in this process.
I work alongside each person to work through issues, notice things they may not have, and help them to recognise their own strengths, seeing problems with new eyes or renewed strength, paving a way for the future.
I look to integrate my approach when counselling which I think gives us more flexibility in where we go with a problem.
If you are interested in further information on my approach: My training from a systemic approach means that I am curious about each person’s story, I understand how complex people’s lives are and I work to remove complicated assumptions that can often hold people back. I aim to help relationships within couples, families and workplaces (but there’s more to it than that). I integrate this with a person-centred focus of being non-judgemental, using natural empathy and authenticity, or ‘keeping it real’.
I keep up to date with clinical supervision, insurance and Continual Professional Development.
Training, qualifications & experience
Most of my experience has been in 1-1 settings where a variety of issues have been brought up such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, (including work stress), bereavement, loss, family issues, marital and relationship issues, ill health, difficult life-transitions, previous abuse, and more. I work in the Primary Care Mental Health Team and previously worked for Mind in Merthyr Tydfil, working in GP surgeries. Previous experience also included Porthcawl Counselling service, and specialist agencies including Cancer Aid and Voices from Care. I also have experience of working for an Employee Assistance Programme.
My training was at the Family Institute at the University of South Wales (I gained a BSc in Systemic Counselling). I have also more recently trained as a supervisor at Post-Graduate level at the University of South Wales.
I keep up to date with Continual Professional Development and supervision. Recent courses include: Safeguarding for Vulnerable Adults, ASIST, Coaching, Reflexivity and Reflective Processes, Family Attachments, Bereavement, Working with Autism, Learning Disability Awareness, Motivational Interviewing, Domestic Abuse Awareness, Training the Trainer.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Supervision - individuals and groups.
45 pounds per hour for individual counselling or supervision. 50 pounds per hour for couples.
Please be reassured if you cannot get through by phone you can leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I can run through with you what to expect over the phone (before we meet).
I am based in Bridgend, Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Monday-Thursday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am available for individual and group supervision for counsellors and other practitioners.