I have been working as a psychotherapist for ten years, and I believe that therapy should be an enriching experience as well as providing a pathway to change.
As a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, my work is underpinned by humanistic values and respect for an individual's choices. I work with a wide range of personal problems such as low self esteem, loss of motivation and relationship breakdown. I specialise in working with depression and anxiety disorders including social anxiety, eating disorders and OCD. I offer longer term therapy when required.
I am also a qualified and experienced cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) practitioner. Research has shown that CBT can provide people with the tools to recover from, or manage, life events. CBT skills can also help to prevent the recurrence of similar problems.
Training, qualifications & experience
Nicola's core training is as a Counselling Psychologist and she is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society.
She is also a fully accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), as well as a registered health professional with the HPC.
Her work has principally been within NHS Primary and Secondary Care Mental Health Services, as well as within further education. She currently works in private practice.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Weekdays and Saturday mornings