Dr Nicole Stokoe, DClinPsy, PhD, BSc [Hons]
Nice to meet you
I understand that looking for a therapist can feel overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information below will help to answer some of your initial questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me and I can discuss therapy with you in more detail over email, on the phone or in person if this would be helpful.
The first thing to say is that I am a Clinical Psychologist. As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence based therapy from a variety of therapeutic models. This allows me to tailor therapy to your individual needs by selecting aspects of therapy models that will be most helpful to you. I have written a little about how a Clinical Psychologist differs from a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist below.
People look into therapy for a wide variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you. I have written more about the psychological models I work with below.
I value the role of the therapeutic relationship in enabling, mobilising and empowering people to move towards their full potential. The therapeutic relationship offers a collaborative space to explore and understand current difficulties from which change and new ways of being can grow. My intention as a therapist is to facilitate understanding and change that will ultimately enable the client to leave the therapeutic relationship and continue on their journey through life in their valued direction
I have worked in psychological services since 2001 supporting adolescents and adults to understand, manage and grow in their mental health and wellbeing. I have experience working with a broad range of personal issues and difficulties, relationship and relational problems, psychological (e.g. anxiety, stress, depression, OCD, psychosis) emotional (e.g. emotion dysregulation and coping with intense emotions) and physical ill health (for example living with chronic enduring physical health difficulties such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, chronic pain and Multiple Sclerosis) and existential challenges (e.g. changes in life roles, new life chapters, thinking about the future, older age and the meaning of life). I currently work in the both the NHS as well as in private practice.
The Psychological Models I work with
I work with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychology, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). I recognise and value that each person is an individual and therefore tailor therapy to each person I work with. I achieve this by using elements of the different therapies that are best placed to support the particular difficulties each person is facing.
What to expect from your therapy sessions
I work to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace you feel comfortable, so we can work together towards understanding and change in the direction of your values.
The first session is the assessment and will be slightly longer than a normal session at 90 minutes. This is to give enough time to explore what you have come to therapy for, what you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help. At the end of this session, I will try and make some recommendations around what may be most helpful for you. Following our meeting, I'll summarise our conversation in a letter which I will email to you.
After the assessment session, the sessions will be 55 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal therapeutic perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.
How is a Clinical Psychologist different?
Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapeutic models which allows them to tailor therapy. Formulation is a particular skill of Clinical Psychologists for making sense of individual difficulties and needs and tailoring therapy from different models to the person. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for people with Trauma 2015
Solution Focused Therapy 2014
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Dr Fiona Kennedy, 2014
Cognitive Analytic Therapy for Entrenched Conditions (CAT), ACAT, 2012
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Russ Harris, 2012
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Systemic Approaches, University of Southampton, 2011-2014
PhD, Acute Mental Health Crisis, University of Hertfordshire, 2012
BSc Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London, 2003
Registration: Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), October 2014, HCPC pin: PYL31272
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
If you are looking to engage in therapy and would like to discuss further what you are looking for, please contact me either by email or call me and I will be happy to talk this through with you. I can't always answer straight away but I will endeavour to return your message within 48 hours. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my number is 07767 140542. You can also view further information at www.avenuetherapies.com.
I look forward to hearing from you. Nicole
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My main therapy sessions are offered on either a Thursday afternoon or a Friday
Types of client