Dr Nicola Diamond Phd BPC Reg
Psychotherapist who focuses on the way childhood and trauma effects emotional development and adult personality, as well as on how ongoing social relationships and circumstances effects our lives. I have specialised in Psychoanalyric Psychotherapy and have a specific interest and focus on attachment and psychotherapy. I have worked in the NHS, Social Services and in private practise for many years.
I have worked with children, couples, families and adults. I now work with adults, individually. In my practice I work with all kinds of emotional issues sexual abuse, gender and sexuality areas, eating disorders, psychosomatic conditions, post-traumatic stress, domestic violence,relationship difficulties, low self esteem, depression and compulsions.
I also have speciality dealing with psycholgically managing illness with a speciality in ear disorders .
I have a friendly and open attitude. In therapy we will focus on behaviour that we repeat that does not help us and how to understand and overcome negative patterns of feeling and acting so that life can be changed and genuinely improved.
Please contact me if you want Individual one to one psychotherapy
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over twenty years of experience, trained with the British Association of Psychotherapists(BAP) now (BPF) and am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). I specialised in child development and attachment which are crucial in helping understand adult experiences, I did two years at the Tavistock Clinic in infant-observation and childhood studies, started off working in the NHS and Social Services working psychodynamically with children and adolescents, then specialised with the BAP to work with adults. I have worked as a staff psychotherapist for years at the Womens Therapy Centre which has given me specialist experience in Women's issues and as a psychotherapist at the Helen Bamber Foundation with people who have suffered trauma and experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I have a First Class Degree in Sociology, a PhD in Psychoanalysis which focused on psychosomatic conditions and body image difficulties.
I also work as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling within the Psychosocial school at the University of East London, and have published books and journal papers on attachment theory /practice and bodily issues, sexual abuse, psychosomatic dysfunction and body image, post traumatic disorder and working with body symptoms in psychotherapy.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Body symptoms that have no clear known organic cause and are rooted in emotional developmental and other related issues. Psychosomatic Hysterical Hypochondriachia Body Dimorphic and other body image disorders
I charge reasonable rates. Individual circumstances are taken into account .
My practice is nr Chislehurst, nr Elmstead Woods station, Kent . Easy walking distance from train station and free parking access outside practice .