Counselling and Psychotherapy

Space to Talk


What is 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.


About Me

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.


Booking and Fees

I offer a free initial telephone consultation for new clients, the session allows you to ask any questions you have and I can talk you through the therapy that I offer, it is important we both feel we can work together.

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

I am currently offering both in person sessions in Leeds and Harrogate and remote sessions via Zoom.

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 am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work to their ethical framework.  In order to gain my ‘Accredited’ status from the BACP, I have had to demonstrate through extensive client hours, essays and ongoing professional learning that I have high standards of knowledge, experience and development.

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."