Space to Talk

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling gives you a chance to explore your feelings in a confidential space. Counselling is often described as the talking therapy; it is a safe way to discuss your thoughts and issues. I am able to provide a friendly and non-judgmental space to talk through any issues you are currently facing.

Psychotherapy works to help you have a deeper understanding of your emotions by looking at your past. It questions how what you experienced in earlier life affects you in ways that might still be causing you issues now.

Psychotherapy aims to find the very origins of your issues and challenges and enables you to make positive changes.

My previous experience includes counselling adults in a charitable setting dealing with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and abuse. In addition, I am experienced in working with teenage students and adults in bereavement, having been a therapist for a college and a bereavement support organisation.

Before becoming a therapist I worked in adoption for over 10 years helping to find families for children and providing support to adopters going through their adoption journey.

I therefore have a range of experience in supporting people and helping them through challenges in their life.

I offer a free initial telephone consultation for new clients. I also provide an introductory session at £40 for 50 minutes, it is important we both feel we can work together, the session allows you to ask any questions you have and I can talk you through the therapy that I offer.

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Ongoing sessions are booked for 50 minutes at £50 and are usually scheduled once per week. There is no fixed number of sessions, I am very flexible and this can to be discussed in your introductory session.

I offer daytime and evening appointments in Harrogate and Leeds LS7.

My Approach

Hi, I'm Nicola Smith and I am a qualified therapist with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am experienced in helping clients with anxiety, stress, depression, grief and many other issues.

I'm a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work to their ethical framework.  

Working together, I aim to help clients gain personal awareness and to process difficulties by offering an empathetic and supportive space for them to explore their experience and feelings. For me, the relationship between client and therapist is central to my practice.

Whatever the issue, counselling gives you a space to explore where you are in your life, how you got there and how you can move forward.

As a trained relational counsellor and psychotherapist I tailor the work to the client depending on what you wish to explore and how many sessions you require.



"I have a better understanding of how I relate to others and how I react to people. I have grown in confidence."



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Wellspring House, 78 High St, Starbeck, HG2 7LW


Oakdale Centre, 49 Valley Drive, Harrogate, HG2 0JH

I work at two locations in easy access for Harrogate, Knaresborough and surrounding areas. Both locations offer ample on street parking, are within walking distance of Harrogate or Starbeck train station and have a welcoming reception and waiting area.


Healthwise, 562A Scott Hall Rd, Leeds LS7 3RD

In Leeds I practice at Healthwise in Chapel Allerton, easily accessible on public transport or by car and free onsite parking is available.