Nicola Meechan DClinPsych, MA (Hons) Clinical Psychologist

Nicola Meechan DClinPsych, MA (Hons) Clinical Psychologist

366 Richmond Road
Twickenham
Middlesex
TW1 2DX

0800 002 9068

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About me

I am a Clinical Psychologist available for face to face appointments in Twickenham as well as Telephone and Online Counselling Sessions. Should you wish to book online with myself or any of my colleagues then please go to http://booking.thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com/ for a Live Online Diary.

I tend to use a number of models to inform my assessment and treatment approach including behavioural and cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focussed work and systemic approaches. The decision about the most appropriate approach is based on the clients’ needs and the presenting issues.

I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families and have experience of working with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. These include panic, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, low mood, trauma and eating difficulties as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders and specific learning difficulties.

I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and as a Chartered Psychologist with The British Psychological Society (BPS).

I am experienced in helping people to resolve the majority of problems that cause emotional distress and discomfort including (but not limited to):

Addiction
Alcohol Problems
Anger Issues
Anxiety
Bereavement
Counselling for Carers
Child & Teenager Counselling
Depression & Low Mood
Eating Disorders
Family Therapy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relationship Problems
Stress

Services Offered

I also offer the following services:

Bereavement Counselling
Child Counselling
Expert Witness
Family Counselling
Marriage Counselling
Medico-Legal Assessment and Treatment
Specialist Eating Disorder Counselling

My Philosophy

Our experiences over the course of our childhood and through our adult lives shape who we are. Our personality/temperament and levels of resilience affect how we approach and respond to events; both positive and stressful. I view the relationship that develops within therapy as the foundation from which we will begin to consider these various factors. The initial sessions will focus on coming to a shared understanding of the difficulties currently encountered and from here we can then set some goals to work towards.

My Approach

I welcome and encourage feedback on the work we do together to make sure it is helpful to you and to check if we are moving in the right direction. As such we regularly review how you feel things are going and make changes as needed. In my work with young people I encourage active participation from parents to better understand the young person within their family and gain parents support and input into the process, as a co- therapist, helping to support the young person progress outside of appointments.

I aim to work alongside you to help make sense of thoughts, feelings and behaviours (particularly those that may unwittingly exacerbate or maintain difficulties). We will consider different ways to manage feelings that may be more adaptive. This process can take time and effort although these new skills will be ones that can be drawn on throughout life.

My Motivation

In my work as a Clinical Psychologist I feel privileged to be able to have the opportunity to work with all different kinds of people, of every age and of varying backgrounds. I aim to support the process of gaining insight and a better understanding of oneself, to enable you to make sense of, and respond to, strong emotions that have perhaps been interfering with your day to day functioning. It is fantastic to witness these changes in thinking and behaviour that often lead to other changes, including the development of greater confidence and self-awareness, and more balanced thinking about ourselves and the world.

A Little More About Me

In my free time I take time to read, to enjoy the outdoors and to cook. I also try to practise what I encourage others to do in terms of really trying to immerse myself in the activity I am involved in.

Training, qualifications & experience

Chartered Clinical Psychologist
DClinPsych, MA (Hons)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

HCPC

Photos & videos

  • The Twickenham Practice

Fees

I offer everyone a Free of Charge Pre-Assessment Telephone Consultation

The fees below are for a 50 minute face to face, telephone or video counselling session.

Self Funded Treatment

Individual Therapy: £140 per session
Couples/Family Therapy: £150 per session
Online/Skype: £105 individuals / £115 couples and families.

Health Insurance

Most national and international Private Healthcare companies are accepted including (but not limited to):

  • Bupa
  • Axa
  • Cigna
  • Pru Health
  • Aviva
  • Simply Health
  • WPA
  • and more…

It may be possible to use your private health insurance to cover the cost or part of the cost of your appointments. Each healthcare provider (Bupa, Axa, Aviva, Cigna etc) have slightly different policies but most of them are happy for you to approach us directly in the first instance.

Axa require a referral from a Psychiatrist in order to access your policy and we are happy to help arrange this with you.

Bupa require a referral from your GP in order to access your policy. GP’s are often happy to provide a referral following a phone consultation instead of a traditional face to face appointment in the surgery as it is more time efficient.

With the above a quick call to your healthcare provider should allow them clarify these details.

It is worth noting that not all policies will cover the full cost of your treatment. We will advise you of the availability of healthcare appointments, and any cost implications in your initial enquiry.

Some healthcare providers have fees which are different to our self funding rates detailed above. If these are less than our own rate we have to ask that the shortfall is made up by the patient. Please just remember to tell us who your provider is as soon as possible to avoid any confusion when booking.

Further information

Recent Testimonials

"I would just like to say a big thank you for everything you have done for me.  When I came into therapy I had no idea in what way it could help, in the past I thought honesty was the answer to all and since I had already achieved that I was unsure how therapy would work for me.  I never thought it would be so, but I honestly believe that having a fuller comprehension of myself has really helped me come to terms, understand and be at peace with myself.  I feel much more grounded and in no way out of control".–

- Philippa (Marylebone)

"My husband and I tried a number of counsellors in Fulham before we found The British CBT & Counselling Service. It was such a different experience to the ones we had had before and this time it actually seems to have worked! I would recommend that if you are struggling in your relationship you should try them”.

– Polly (Fulham)

“I have been having Online CBT Counselling with The British CBT & Counselling Service for about 9 months and it has made such a difference. I struggled for years with an eating disorder and depression and I really feel like I’ve got my life back. The online CBT Counselling programme fitted in with the long hours I work and it actually felt more supportive that other types of counselling I have tried because I had contact with my psychologist up to 3 times a week. I am so glad that I tried this approach and would recommend it to anyone who needs help sorting out a problem”.

– Lizzie (Richmond)

Maps & Directions

Twickenham, TW1 2DX

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Counselling available in English, Portuguese, Italian, French, Polish & Spanish

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

Availability

Appointments available throughout the week, both daytime and evenings including Saturdays. Please call or e-mail to confirm my latest availability.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme