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About me

*Please note I am currently full to capacity and will be unable to take on any new clients for at least 4-6 weeks*

I am a Drama Psychotherapist and EMDR Therapist specialising in work with trauma, attachment difficulties and dissociation.

I work in a way that combines different therapeutic approaches and models so that I can tailor our work to suit your needs. The different types of therapy I integrate into my practice include the creative arts therapies, cognitive and talking therapies, mindfulness, sensorimotor psychotherapy and EMDR.

Our first session will be an assessment of your therapeutic needs, strengths and difficulties and how your early attachment relationships and past experiences are impacting your current functioning.

Following a period of trust building, reflection and learning around current and past difficulties/coping strategies and the purpose they serve, I often encourage clients to spend time with me building their internal resources, support network and strategies for managing stress and conflict. I offer psychoeducation to help clients better understand the impact of chronic stress and trauma on the brain, body, behaviour and relationships. This learning will enable you to better understand the origins of your difficulties and recognise and manage stress responses in a healthy and constructive way.

I will often then use EMDR to help alleviate the behavioural, emotional and physical impact of trauma, both significant one-off events (such as a car accident or medical procedure) or repeated experiences of work-related stress, relational difficulties or bullying experiences during childhood.

I am happy to offer a free 30-minute telephone consultation so you have the opportunity to ask me questions and decide whether I may be the best practitioner to help you.

I currently practice online and in person and offer the following sessions for adults:

1.5 hours (£70)
1 hour (£45)

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters in Dramatherapy and am trained to use attachment focussed EMDR in my practice.

I have also undertaken specialist training and workshops in the following areas:

  • EMDR
  • Attachment
  • Trauma
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Dissociation
  • Body Orientated Trauma Work & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Ego states

I have worked with children, adults and families for over 6 years in educational, private settings and within the voluntary sector.

The clients I work with have often experienced childhood trauma, attachment disruption and have dissociative symptoms.

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Health and Care Professions Council

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Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Therapies offered

  • Arts therapies
  • Dramatherapy
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

£70 per session (1.5 hours)

£45 per session (1 hour)


I currently only have online therapy slots available

Further information

I am fully insured and am registered with the HCPC, EMDR Association UK & Ireland and ESTD UK.

West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Nicola Emsley EMDR & Creative Arts Psychotherapist

Nicola Emsley EMDR & Creative Arts Psychotherapist