Nicola Swales MBACP (Accred)
2-8 Victoria Avenue
Centre Of Wellbeing
39 London Road
Sometimes, life can feel overwhelming and you want to make changes but don’t know where to start. You’re not alone; counselling can give you the time and space to share in a non-judgmental warm environment, helping you to look at your difficulties. I am a humanistic therapist who believes that people are unique and need a space to share to get to know themselves better and make positive changes. I am a warm empathic, down to earth person who is committed and passionate about helping clients reach their goals and find peace of mind.
Humanism encourages individuals and couples to explore themselves using a variety of different approaches such as Gestalt and Person Centered Therapy. I have knowledge and experience of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Brief Solution Focused Approaches. I also draw on the psychodynamic techniques as I believe that a person’s childhood and past can influence the present. Most importantly, I believe people are not only affected from personal experiences, but from the environment in which they live including society. The humanistic approach can assist in helping the individual or couple gain control over their lives and make positive choices about the future, by placing you, the client at the heart of the process, building a therapeutic relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having qualified as a counsellor in 2011 I have a Diploma, Advanced Diploma and BSc in Counselling (Integrative) and am committed to continuing my professional development. I have undetaken further group work training with The Gestalt Centre as well as an introduction to working with couples course at the Tavistock Centre. I work with individuals and couples.
I am currently working for the NHS in a hospital setting, offering support and counselling to a variety of patients and/or their families. This includes patients diagnosed or in remission from cancer, trauma patients and stroke patients. I also facilitate groups in relation to breast cancer, staff support and deliver training to staff around psychological distress.
I currently counselling individuals who suffer from anxiety and depression via the IAPT service who often have complex mental health needs.
I have worked within the Criminal Justice System (in a supportive role) for 13 years mainly drawing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Approaches. This includes facilitating groups to assist individuals to make positive changes in their lives. Specialisms include working with victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse and indivduals who have substance misuse issues.
I have specialised as a counsellor working with victims of domestic violence whilst undertaking a 12 month placement with Woman's Trust.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
£50.00 per Individual session
£65.00 per session for Couples
£80 per Individual Session
£105.00 per Couple Session
It can be daunting making the first step to contact a counsellor. I am happy for a text or email, as well as ringing to arrange an initial assessment.
I am able to offer short term and long term work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
daytime, evenings and weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|