Nichola Gascoigne

MBACP, DPS Counselling

Counselling in Bristol

This is your space. There is no limit to what you may bring.

Whatever brings you to counselling, I can offer you an opportunity to be in a confidential, safe relationship with a non-judgmental, supportive and objective other who will have no agenda but to listen to you, and to be with you in your process.

  • Attachment disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Domestic violence
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety

Contact Nichola:

Tel: 07913 649 850



Appointments are in Central Bristol.

We can discuss details of location via email or on the phone.


Sessions last for 50 minutes and are charged at £45

Initial assessment sessions are charged at £25

Background and practice

​I am a qualified counsellor and a registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling.  This includes a requirement to receive regular and thorough supervision of my practice, and also to undertake regular continuing professional development (CPD). 

I am an integrative counsellor and offer a warmly relational stance, allowing the relationship between us to guide our work together.  My approach is informed by psychoanalytic and attachment theory as well as by current neuroscience, and I have a wide scope of study and integration of practice and techniques including Somatic Trauma Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt therapy, Mindfulness practice and the Human Givens approach.  

I have over 20 years professional experience of working one-to-one with people from all walks of life.  This has included massage therapy, NHS maternity care, and counselling; both privately and within a registered charity. 

As well as my general counselling practice, I am a Founding Director of a Social Enterprise, The Birth & Wellbeing Partnership, and its counterpart Charity, The Birth & Wellbeing Fund, offering specialist support to women, partners and maternity staff who are struggling with issues around pregnancy, birth, pregnancy loss and stillbirth, and early parenthood.  Please email us at for more details.

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The WordPress community

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