Nicci AlderCounselling in West Berkshire

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My counselling approach
Counselling is a collaborative process where I take my lead from you so we can together agree on an initial timescale and direction, and I then work to support you towards that focus. Your first brave step is to contact me to have an informal chat about this, and we go from there. Contact me

As a fully qualified Humanistic counsellor, I work empathically to offer you a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space where I will explore with you to find the answers that you are looking for. Through our relationship, built on respect, trust and open dialogue, I will work at your pace and readiness to explore your relevant experiences.

Focusing on your unique patterns of thoughts, feelings and coping behaviours, I will support you to challenge any self-limiting beliefs and behaviours that keep you stuck. Sometimes these patterns limit our resilience, reduce our choices and negatively impact our relationships, which result in feeling increasingly stuck, exhausted and hopeless.

My Humanistic philosophy and Transactional Analysis modality guide my approach. I also work creatively in whatever way seems appropriate to facilitate your engagement, again taking my lead from you. As a full member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I abide by their Ethical Framework. My work is ethically supervised.

I have worked with a wide diversity of clients and presenting issues, and I'm increasingly humbled by how our work together can facilitate many to take courageous steps towards their self-development and empowerment. Click here to view Issues I have worked with clients on.

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What benefits can be expected?
I passionately believe that you have the answers within you and that a counselling relationship and process respectfully enable you to gain fresh insights into who you are and how you present to, and engage with, the world.

When we are sufficiently aware of who we really are, we can work to be at peace with ourselves. This self-acceptance, or confidence, liberates our naturally self-caring, spontaneous, creative and loving self to respond more openly and resourcefully to situations and others, and so we live more fully.

I will support you to identify and challenge your self-limiting beliefs and behaviours and consider options so that you are freer to make autonomous choices, maintain healthy boundaries for your self-care, and enjoy close, positive relationships with yourself and others.

'We cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed.' (Carl Rogers)


  • Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis (Distinction)
  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101: ITA
  • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills: ABC Award
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills: ABC Award
  • Group Facilitator Trained for BEAT (Beating Eating Disorders) charity
  • Universal Safeguarding Children V4
  • DBS Enhanced Certificate
  • MBACP No: 366517

    Previous Qualifications
  • BA (Hons)
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education

    CPD and Training
    Babies in mind: why the parent's mind matters
    Compassion Focussed Therapy
    Controlling personalities
    Eating disorders
    Equine assisted therapy
    Family Constellation Therapy
    Peer Mediation Trainer
    Psychosexual therapy
    Systemic Psychotherapy
    Transactional Analysis and Attachment
    Working with young people: anxiety and OCD
    Young people's mental health and cultural impacts

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