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Nine Wellbeing About


Welcome to Nine Wellbeing.


During 2005, following my own experience of traumatic bereavement, I took the first tentative step towards training to become a counsellor. 

In the subsequent 19 years, I have been privileged to have spent many hours as an accredited Cruse volunteer bereavement counsellor, followed by 11 years working in NHS services, initially as a primary care counsellor and then delivering psychotherapy in specialist eating & personality disorder services.

I have enjoyed an academic career lecturing in Counselling & Psychotherapy on the master’s programmes at the Universities of Keele and Chester.  I have also held a strategic role with the British Association of Counselling Psychotherapy (BACP) working in Professional Standards and leading on the development of national competencies within counselling, psychotherapy & coaching.

Throughout this time, my academic interest and individual therapy practice has focused upon seeking to understand resilience and the potential for post traumatic growth arising from adverse experiences, and in particular grief and traumatic bereavement.

The story of ‘Nine’

During 2013 I proudly established my first independent counselling practice 'Rooms @ No.9' in Greasby, a tiny little space which which grew and evolved into a larger psychotherapy and coaching practice in West Kirby. Although no longer residing at number 9, that tiny space had such a positive impact that ‘Nine’ Wellbeing emerged as the name of the new practice.

Based on my personal, academic and therapeutic philosophy Nine Wellbeing is founded upon the values of promoting sustainable resilience.  I strongly believe that sustainable resilience is rooted in understanding and providing the conditions to help individuals to learn about their reactions to adversity. For that reason, gentle, research-informed education is a key principle that is embedded throughout the therapy that I offer. 

In early 2023, Nine Wellbeing combined with her sister Nine Teaching to form Nine Teaching Wellbeing Consultancy, and has a new home in a beautiful, dedicated therapy, coaching and education space in Greasby, Wirral. Nine Teaching Wellbeing Consultancy is directed by me, and I work with a number of associates to offer therapy, supervision, coaching and education, to individuals and businesses alike.

If you are someone who is struggling with your life in terms of grief and loss, or considering counselling to help you to work through difficult, potentially traumatic experiences, I have curated pages about trauma, grief and relationships in the hope that they may help you to reach some understanding, and help you to move forward.

Finally, if you are seeking individual counselling or psychotherapy with me here at Nine Wellbeing, you can be assured that you will be treated with compassion and respect and that your therapy will be informed by the highest quality and ethical standards.

Nicola Forshaw, Director, MA, Bacp Reg. (Accred.)

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