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About me


My name is Nicola Priestman, I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor. I run a private practice in Preston, Lancashire.  My experience and success as a psychotherapist comes from several years in practice working in both education, health and charitable settings. I have worked with both private clients and for a number of national EAPs (professional assessment and referral and/or short-term counselling services) who contract with organisations and refer employees to me. I work with both long term clients and short term (up to 6 /12 sessions and beyond if required). I have experience of delivering therapy face to face and online.


I have worked for 1 Point Northwest in Bolton, delivering psychotherapy on a 1:1 basis to adults with a wide range of mental health difficulties. I have also worked at Lancaster University providing therapy to students and for N-Compass in high schools across the North West. In addition, I have worked for HMP Prison Service as a therapeutic community worker with the substance misuse team facilitating group workshops. I also have experience of working online at Kooth delivering therapy to adults, children and young people. I have worked in residential child care services specialising in developmental trauma, supporting and delivering therapy to children and young people with social emotional behavioural difficulties, complex trauma, learning disabilities and neurodiverse disorders.

Registration /Membership

I am  professionally registered as a therapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy  (BACP) and I am on the Counsellors Directory. They are both  public records of psychotherapists and counsellors who have met the standards for professional registration. The standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to the (BACP) Ethical Framework. Which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

What I offer

Initial  telephone consultation -  this provides an opportunity to establish what the  problem/s may be, what we can do about this and to see whether we can work together.

Individual therapy:  online video platform/ telephone delivery - this is a form of therapy in which a client is treated on a one-on-one basis with a therapist, which may encompass various treatment styles including psychoanalysis and cognitive-behavioural therapy.

Areas of experience

Anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, marital discord, separation & divorce, psychological, family issues, affairs and betrayals, sexual and emotional abuse, post traumatic stress, (PTSD) , bereavement & loss,  seasonal affective disorder. School or workplace bullying, substance misuse/abuse, body image issues,  miscarriage, death of a child, low self-esteem and disability, professional/career related issues.

How can therapy  help?

Psychotherapy can liberate you from the isolation and loneliness of living with what can often seem unbearable. How? - by providing you with an opportunity  to explore those feelings with someone, who is completely on the outside looking in, rather than with a friend, family, work colleague or other. It also offers you  a safe, non judgemental and confidential space.

As a result of therapy, you may find that you can now deal with the things that once seemed impossible and face challenges, take risks and even gain a higher sense of purpose /self awareness. Remember when your body and mind work the way nature intended, your spirit soars and so do you!!.

Training, qualifications & experience

Child Protection Advanced Level 3, Educare Learning LTD. = Certificate

Raising Awareness of Honor - Based Abuse and Forced Marriage, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

Raising Awareness of Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

  Rewind Trauma Therapy workshop, International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy = Certificate

Safeguarding Adults, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

The Prevent Duty ,Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

Dyslexia Awareness ,Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

Autism Awareness, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

ADHD Awareness, Educare Learning  LTD = Certificate

Equality and Diversity, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

Health and Safety, Level 2,  Educare Learning LTD. = Certificate

A Practical Guide to the GPDR, Level 2, Educare Learning LTD. = Certificate

Child Protection Advanced Level 3, Educare Learning LTD. = Certificate

Training workshop Compassion Fatigue, Jackie Williams UK representative for CF.

Association of Christian Counselling training workshops, creating streams of hope= Certificate

Specialist Mental Health Mentor Training, Clear Links (CPD Accredited) = Certificate

Training workshop on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Department of Health =Certificate

Guess speaker on the UCLAN, Professional Postgraduate Psychotherapy Diploma

  Lancashire safeguarding Children’s Board, Safeguarding Children = Certificate

  Lancashire Safeguarding Adults’ board: kwango, Safeguarding Adults at Risk = Certificate

  Lancashire safeguarding Children’s Board, Child Exploitation Awareness = Certificate

Guess speaker on the UCLAN, Professional Postgraduate Psychotherapy Diploma

Registered Member (MBACP) therapist, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Contemplative Practices around Domestic Violence Workshop =Certificate

Training workshop on Empathic Anger Management =Certificate

Principles of Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Workshop =Certificate

Working with Eating Disorders =Certificate

Sex in the Therapy Room Workshop = Certificate

Recognising and Responding to clients with Autism and Asperger´s Syndrome = Certificate

The Impact of Sexual Violence workshop =Certificate

First Aid for Trauma Workshop =Certificate

Psychopharmacology Awareness workshop =Certificate

University of Central Lancashire = Post Graduate Diploma, Integrative Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited)

University of Central Lancashire = Bachelor of Arts Degree, Honours Counselling and Psychotherapy

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial telephone consultation -

FREE and will last approximately 30 - 60 minutes

1:1 therapy sessions -

£40 per session (50 minutes)

*A reduced rate is offered to counsellors or therapists in training -

£35 per session (50 minutes) - evidence required upon assessment

*A reduced rate is offered for students at collage/ university/ school

£35 per session (50 minutes) - evidence required upon assessment

*A reduced rate is offered if you are in receipt of state benefits  (including work tax credits, registered disabled, pensioners) - evidence required upon assessment

£35 per session (50 minutes)

Payment method -  Bank transfer.


Appointments available on request

Further information

Please ring me directly to make an appointment on  07541036954 or alternatively  feel free to email me directly on info@emotionalwellnesspsychotherapy.co.uk

Thank you for your interest.


Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Nicola Priestman

Nicola Priestman