Counselling & Psychotherapy in the Huddersfield area

A confidential space for you to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life.

How can counselling help you?

Do you feel you could be happier or getting more out of your life?

Perhaps you are suffering with anxiety, depression or low self esteem?

If you are looking at this page you likely feel you could be living life better. The first part of this process is your acknowledgement that you need support to move forward. So well done! It takes courage to reach out for help and by you being here, you are doing just that.

When we don’t feel as happy or contented as we could, it might be due to a specific issue such as bereavement, or perhaps work-related or relationship stress. It might be something that we can’t quite put our finger on, or something deep-rooted from our past. There are many reasons why you might not be feeling satisfied with life. Talking about this helps. I will work with you without judgement, at your pace. I can provide you with an amazing, safe space to talk and help you to find understanding towards resolution, allowing you to take control of your life.

Areas I can work on with you include; stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship issues, stuck-ness, loneliness, trauma-related issues, sexual abuse, self-esteem and confidence, assertiveness, anger management, domestic violence related issues, and many other issues and problem areas.

Relevant Qualifications

MSc Developmental Psychology

L4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling

L3 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling

L2 Counselling children and Adolescent

     Mindfulness Diploma

BACP Registered Member

Mindfulness Teacher Diploma

Mental Health First Aider

Walk and Talk Trained Therapist

Enhanced DBS

Welcome to New Leaf Counselling and Psychotherapy

in the Huddersfield area.

My name is Nicky Thompson and I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

I offer counselling and psychotherapy in the Huddersfield, Colne Valley, Saddleworth, Oldham, Halifax, Holmfirth, Brighouse and surrounding areas for adults and young people. My therapy room is a 2-minute walk from the train station and bus route in Marsden. There is easy on-road parking available if you are driving. I work from a comfortable, calm and private garden room at my home.

I am an integrated counsellor, which means that I use various counselling theories to help each client, depending on their specific needs. My practice is based on Person Centred Therapy, I may also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Transactional Analysis (TA) depending upon  the issues brought to counselling, be it relationship issues, low mood, anxiety or self esteem issues.

About Me

I came to counselling relatively late in my working life, having worked in the business world for many years - including forming, running and finally selling my own company. I guess in the end though, I didn’t feel any joy in business. I wanted to help people, I wanted to wake up every day feeling that what I did was worthwhile.

After retraining as a counsellor I can honestly say, even when it is challenging, that I do wake up every morning looking forward to the day ahead. I get to help people take control of their lives and I feel tremendous personal reward in doing that. I am very lucky.

I have always been a glass-half-full person and I feel that the key to a happy life is always moving forwards. Achieving something every day no matter how small. Counselling and therapy can help with this.

I offer therapy for adults and young people. I have an enhanced DBS and I am fully insured.

My location

I work from a quiet therapy room located at Rough Lea Farm, Reddisher Road, Marsden HD7 6NF. It is a 2 minute walk from Marsden Train station or there is easy parking on Reddisher Road.

My clients are generally from the Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Colne Valley, Oldham, Mirfield, Halifax, Saddleworth, Brighouse areas.

Fees & Availability

Sessions are usually 50 minutes long and ideally are taken weekly on the same day and at the same time. There is some flexibility in this. I offer short term and open ended counselling & psychotherapy, depending on your requirements.

Appointments are available during the day 9-5, or in the evenings up to 8pm.

I can work with you in person from my therapy room, or with you online if you would prefer, via Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp Or we can mix it up if you like.

£40 for daytime Mon - Fri 9-5pm

£45 for evenings 6-8pm and weekend sessions.

Payment to be made by bank transfer prior to session.

Initial Session

After you have made contact, I will invite you for an initial 15 minute meeting either by telephone or on Zoom. This is free of charge.

It gives you an idea of whether you feel that you can work with me. It also enables me to decide if I feel that I am the right counsellor for you to work with, or whether I feel another therapist might be more suitable for your needs.

Get in touch

You can call or text me on 07800633918 or email me directly

alternatively you can fill out the contact form below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks, Nicky.

Walk and Talk Ecotherapy

If you would like to take advantage of the beautiful local countryside, I offer Walk & Talk Therapy. This may suit you, as it may be easier to open up when walking side by side without direct eye contact.

It is also good exercise! If you are interested in Walk & Talk please inform me in our initial session.


I find that many issues can be relieved by bringing a little mindfulness into your life. When we can stop our minds from being bombarded by worries, we can often gain a little perspective.

I am a trained mindfulness teacher and I often use mindfulness therapy in my sessions. I can also offer pure mindfulness sessions if you prefer.

Some frequently asked questions

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

After our initial assessment appointment, I would hope that a regular counselling slot can be found within a couple of weeks. However, this will depend on your flexibility and my availability at times that are convenient to you.

How long will I need to have counselling?

This varies from person to person. Therapy could be a few weeks or it could be considerably longer-term, it depends on the depth of the issues you are facing. For some people, a couple of sessions helps to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require a more open-ended approach.

Before beginning our work, we will agree on an initial number of sessions, after which we will review our progress and if we both agree that further therapy will be of benefit, sessions can continue.

Can I bring a friend or relative with me?

It is a big step entering counselling for the first time. But you can do it! It is not usually a good idea to bring someone along however daunting counselling may seem at first. It is generally easier to open up without someone connected to your life who knows your circumstances there in the room with you. If you feel you need to bring someone with you leave them in the car with a crossword. That way you can get the most out of your counselling session and have them there for support afterwards.

Will everything I say be kept confidential?

Everything said in the counselling room is confidential. Once you are comfortable with your therapy sessions, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.

There are some situations where you may be at risk to yourself or others, or where the law requires it, that I might need to notify an authority; however, in this rare case when I may need to break confidentiality, I would discuss this with you first.

You will be given more details about this in our working contract at the beginning of our work.

I hear that I might feel worse before I feel better is this true?

This is sometimes the case but everybody is different. Sometimes counselling can bring up difficult memories or issues for you that take some time to resolve. As you work through your difficulties you may feel that a weight is being lifted. But this is not always an immediate effect and for some alas it takes a considerable time.