The Bristol Counsellor - Zofia Nowak (MBACP)

After completing a degree, which I hadn't enjoyed, I felt at a loss as to what to do next with my life.

I moved back to Devon to work with my step-dad. During our time together he happened to tell me about a course he had just started. It was an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling.  I'd suffered with chronic anxiety since my teens and the idea of being able to work on myself, as well as being able to help others totally captured me. As a result of this, I began my own journey to become a counsellor. 

I'm a humanistic, integrative counsellor and Internal Family Systems therapist. What, you may very rightfully ask, does that actually mean? So, my original training focused on several different counselling approaches, mainly person centred, Gestalt and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). In October 2019 I completed my level 1 in Internal Family Systems therapy. It is a fascinating model which is now my main therapeutic approach. As a result of my training, I can tailor the therapy to best fit you and your preferred way of working. This will become clear, organically during our sessions.

I enjoy bringing creativity into the counselling process. I feel that often, as adults we can become cut off from our creative sides. Reconnecting with our creativity can be an important step on the therapeutic journey.

I engage in continuing professional development so that I can continue to learn and grow as a therapist. 


  • A-Level Psychology
  • BA Hons Cultural and Media Studies
  • First Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (Accredited by the National Counselling Society)
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency 
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy – Level 1
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

Relevant Work Experience

I have worked as a counsellor at New Dawn Counselling Service in Weston-Super-Mare and at Affordable Talk in Bristol.

I currently see clients in my private practice, which is based in Bishopston, Bristol and also online.


Extra Information

I’m fully insured and a registered member of the BACP. I therefore abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I receive supervision in line with this. You can view the framework at My BACP registration number is 374450.