What to expect

I offer both long and short term counselling, which is mutually agreed and reviewed as necessary.  Together, we will develop the most useful way of  working together, and will remain mindful of experience in the here and now to guide us.  We could consider how your past experiences have shaped the way you relate to others today - the relationships you choose, the choices that you make, and the ways in which you respond to challenges. We could think together about the changes you want to make, and work on practicing new ways of being that will help you develop towards a more satisfying way of life.  Becoming aware of influences, assumptions and habits;  finding compassion for yourself, and exploring new perspectives with a non-judgmental, supportive counsellor, can promote positive change by helping you to identify and foster your inner resources and to build resilience. The pace at which we work will be up to you, and how we work together can be decided between the two of us as an ongoing process. 

I hope to create with you an environment where you can feel at ease, and where you can bring whatever you need to. The emotional labour of counselling can sometimes be challenging, therefore I will provide you with a well-boundaried, safe environment throughout your process. I aim to offer you a space where your unique experience is truly respected, and where all of you is entirely welcome.


Issues I work with include, but are not limited to:

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

Nichola Gascgoine

Contact Nichola:

Tel: 07913 649 850

Email:  nichola.gascoigne@bristolcounselling.net


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 contact@birthandwellbeing.co.uk for more details.

Professional Qualifications and training:

Diploma in Professional Studies, Counselling, UWE (2015)

Certificate in Counselling Skills, UWE (2013)

SANDS - bereavement training (2016)

Somatic Trauma Therapy, with Babette Rothschild (2016)

Certificate in Health & Social Care (Midwifery) UWE (2011)

Diploma in Acupressure, Berkely CA (1998)

Certified Massage Therapist (1995)

  • Depression
  • Childbirth trauma
  • Antenatal depression/anxiety
  • Postnatal depression/anxiety
  • Miscarriage
  • Neonatal loss
  • Parenting