Nicola Watts Counselling
Making the first steps to find some help to make changes in your life can be difficult, especially if you've never had counselling before. I hope to make them as easy as possible by providing you with a welcoming, safe and confidential space where you can get the support you need to become your best self.
I’m a qualified counsellor with experience of counselling children, young people and adults. I run a private practice from a comfortable room in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan. I can help with a wide range of difficulties. No problem is too big or trivial.
Please get in touch by phone, text or email if you'd like to arrange a free 15 minute chat to find out if I'm the right counsellor for you or your child. You can then make a decision about whether you'd like to work with me or not.
A Qualified and BACP Registered Counsellor Here to Support You
I have over twenty years of supporting people in health and educational settings and several years of counselling experience. My counselling experience has been as a counsellor in a primary school, a secondary school and with students and staff in a college. I currently counsel adults for a mental health charity.
I am fully committed to the well-being of all my clients so always work to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework and Good Practice Guidelines. This is to provide my clients with safe and effective counselling. I have a current enhanced DBS certificate. I am fully insured, have regular supervision and regularly attend courses to stay up to date and enhance my counselling practice.
Why come to counselling?
When everything in your life is good but something doesn't feel right and you're not sure why.
You've been through a traumatic event.
You're feeling low in confidence or have low self-esteem.
A loved one might have a mental health problem and you need support for yourself.
You have had a bereavement or a loss.
You feel overwhelmed.
You could have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD
You might not know who you are anymore or what your purpose in life is.
You might feel that you can't talk to anyone and feel alone.
You do not need to try to cope alone. I aim to help you find your inner strength to make the changes that you would like and to develop new skills in order to cope better with the difficulties that you are currently struggling with.
How I can help
I provide a safe and confidential space for you to explore your difficulties and help you find your strengths. I listen with warmth and without judgement. I see my clients as whole people, so work with your mind, body, spirit and environment. I can also share some strategies that research has found to be helpful in managing difficulties such as flash backs, self harm and anxiety. However, I won't tell you how to live your life or what to do. I believe that with the right support you will be able to trust yourself to make the decisions and changes that are right for you.
I am a Humanistic Existential counsellor who also uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (this is a cognitive behavioural therapy). I also use elements of Transactional Analysis, a phased approach to trauma, Mindfulness, Attachment theory and Systemic theory. I am trained in the use of art and play techniques which can be useful to help clients to express themselves, get in touch with feelings and process difficult life events. I can tailor my approach according to your needs.
Who I work with
In my private practice I currently work one to one with clients who are aged 8 upwards.
I welcome people of all genders, sexualities faiths and ethnicities.
I have experience of counselling people with mild ASD / Asperger's syndrome and ADHD.
I am trained to assess and treat problems with sleep using CBTi (this is recommended by NICE for the treatment of insomnia)
How do I use your counselling service?
1. Contact me
You do not need a referral from a doctor to have counselling with me. You can simply get in touch using my contact details on the website. You can email, text or phone me. If I am busy with clients I might not be able to answer the phone so please leave a message. I will only phone back if you leave a message asking me to do so.
2. Arrange a free telephone consultation
This will take around 15 minutes. It will be a chance for you to ask any questions and for you to briefly explain what you would like counselling for. This is simply to make sure that I am the right counsellor for you. It isn't a counselling session. There is no pressure to book an appointment.
You might want to chat to a few different counsellors before deciding who to use. If you decide to work with me then we can arrange a first appointment.
If you aren't comfortable using the phone please send me an email or text to arrange an alternative.
3. The first appointment
This will take place in a comfortable room in an office. It is on the first floor and is up a flight of stairs (there is no lift).
In this first counselling session we will establish how we'll work together and discuss in detail what you want to get out of counselling and what you are struggling with. We will also need to complete some paperwork which I will email to you beforehand.
Payment is in cash at the end of the session or you can pay before using BACS.
Please contact me to find out more about the way I work with children, so we can make arrangements depending on the maturity and needs of your child.