Nikki Shephard |FdSc, MBACP




I am a qualified Humanistic Counsellor working with indivduals aged 18 and over, and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). 

I believe that as individuals we are complex: a combination of biology; thoughts; feelings; experiences; social and cultural influences- life experiences may inhibit us sometimes. 

A therapeutic relationship such as counselling enables clients to move towards self-acceptance, change, and growth. 
My ability to establish relationships and maintain trust led me to pursue my studies as a Humanistic Counsellor.

It was an enlightening and challenging journey, which enabled me to develop my communication and listening skills, and an understanding of the therapeutic relationship and its positive effects on clients.

Since qualifying as a Humanistic Counsellor, I set up a private practice in Weston-super-Mare.
My professional background comes from twenty-eight years in the NHS - working in administration and for the latter fifteen years in Service Improvement, working with teams to improve the quality of service for patients and staff alike.

Prior to my private practice,  I was a volunteer with Samaritans and SANEline for a number of years. I have also worked as a volunteer counsellor in a local addiction service and a local counselling agency.



  • BACP certificate of proficiency (2015)
  • Foundation degree Counselling FdSc (2015)
  • Diploma in Counselling (2013)
  • Level 2 Counselling (2012)
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP Introduction (2014)
  • Facilitator Skills Programme (2001)
  • Samaritans Training Programme (2011)
  • SANELine Training Programme (2000) 


Ongoing Professional Development & Training

  • Volunteer Counsellor for New Dawn Counselling Agency, Weston-super-Mare
  • Volunteer Counsellor for Addaction (drug, alcohol and mental health charity), Weston-super-Mare
  • Listening Volunteer for Samaritans, Nationwide
  • Listening Volunteer for SANE, Nationwide
  • Drug and Alcohol awareness
  • Understanding Sexual Violence
  • Mindfulness
  • The Power of being present
  • Step into Health with Loughborough College
Cowan House
You can find out more about Cowan House and the services they offer on their website.
I work from comfortable consulting rooms at Cowan House, in the centre of Weston-super-Mare. 
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There is parking on the premises and disabled access into the building.