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BA (Hons)., PGDip Integrative Psychotherapy,REG MBACP

About me


My name is Nicola Priestman I am a qualified experienced integrative psychotherapist and counsellor.  I am 43 years old and I live in Lancashire. This page is an introduction to self and the services that offer. I hope that it will answer any questions that you may have. However, please contact me should you have any further questions- I will be happy to answer them for you.

I have over 15 years  experience working in the mental health care industry in various roles  both in education, health and charitable settings. Prior to being a therapist I was a residential social worker and a community and family support officer. I initially trained as a counsellor and throughout my journey I became aware of my growing interest in psychoanalysis, I recognised their were limitations that I had with my current level of training as a counsellor, so I decided to return to university to do my clinical training to become  a psychotherapist; which has enabled me to support more clients.

I understand, entering therapy can be a hard decision to make. Equally, it can be an enriching experience that has the capacity to change not just your life but those around you. Please be rest assured, you are not alone in this, I will be with you every step of the way!

Thank you for visiting my page :)

Registration /Membership/Insurance

I have professional indemnity insurance. I am ICO registered. I have an up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate. 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. This means I have met the highest standards required for training as a psychotherapist.  


My experience and success as an integrative psychotherapist comes from many years in practice working in both education, health and charitable settings and within private practice. 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 for example, (up to 6 /12 sessions and beyond if required). I have experience of delivering therapy face to face, online video platforms and via telephone. 

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. 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 supporting and delivering therapy to children and young people with social emotional behavioural difficulties, complex trauma, learning disabilities and neurodiverse disorders and developmental trauma. I have also worked for an international health care company  Teladoc Health Uk delivering therapy to clients across the globe.

I currently work as a guest lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and at Outcomes First Group as a Wellbeing - Co-ordinator and Psychotherapist, along side running my private practice.

How I Work?

I consider that everyone one of us is unique human being. We all have different styles of relating to different type of/or methods of therapy. Therefore by combining an array of techniques within integrative psychotherapy, it can be tailored around an individual client covering a wide spectrum of needs and concerns offering greater, flexibility adaptability and the promotion of wellness. I am not only concerned with how it works, but why it works.  All clients new and all will always be given the upmost respect, be listened to and accepted. I want you to feel valued, understood safe and insecure in a confidential, non-judgemental space from the offset, to promote your personal growth!

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!!.

What  services 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 I can help you  with 

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, intrusive thoughts, self injury.

Please ring me directly to make an appointment on  07541036954 or alternatively  feel free to email me directly on

If you call and it does not go through, please follow up with an email so I can get back to you asap.

Training, qualifications & experience

May 2021 = Remote Suicide Risk Assessment, Teladoc Health= Certificate

May 2021 = Designated Safeguarding Lead, Level 3, High Speed Training = Certificate

May 2021 = Safeguarding Adults, Level 3, High Speed Training = Certificate

May 2021 = Advanced Safeguarding Children, Level 2, High Speed Training = Certificate

May 2021 = Training in Safeguarding Online, Teladoc Health= Certificate

April 2020 = Child Protection Advanced Level 3, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

March 2020 = Raising Awareness of Honor - Based Abuse and Forced Marriage, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

March 2020 = Raising Awareness of Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

November 2019 =  Rewind Trauma Therapy workshop, International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy = Certificate 

November 2019 = Safeguarding Adults, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

October 2019 = The Prevent Duty ,Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

October2019 = Dyslexia Awareness ,Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

October 2019 = Autism Awareness, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

October 2019 = ADHD Awareness, Educare Learning  LTD = Certificate

May 2019 = Equality and Diversity, Educare Learning LTD = Certificate

May 2019 = Health and Safety, Level 2,  Educare Learning LTD. = Certificate

April 2019 = A Practical Guide to the GPDR, Level 2, Educare Learning LTD. = Certificate

April 2019 = Child Protection Advanced Level 3, Educare Learning LTD. = Certificate

February 2018 = Training workshop Compassion Fatigue, Jackie Williams UK representative for CF.

January  2018 = Association of Christian Counselling training workshops, creating streams of hope= Certificate

July 2017 = Specialist Mental Health Mentor Training, Clear Links (CPD Accredited) = Certificate

February 2017 = Training workshop on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Department of Health =Certificate

November 2016 = Guess speaker on the UCLAN, Professional Postgraduate Psychotherapy Diploma 

May 2016 =   Lancashire safeguarding Children’s Board, Safeguarding Children = Certificate

May 2016 =   Lancashire Safeguarding Adults’ board: kwango, Safeguarding Adults at Risk = Certificate

May 2016 =   Lancashire safeguarding Children’s Board, Child Exploitation Awareness = Certificate

March 2016 = Guess speaker on the UCLAN, Professional Postgraduate Psychotherapy Diploma 

September 2015 = Registered Member (MBACP) therapist, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

November 2015 = Contemplative Practices around Domestic Violence Workshop =Certificate

October 2015 =Training workshop on Empathic Anger Management =Certificate

May 2015 = Principles of Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Workshop =Certificate

April 2015 = Working with Eating Disorders =Certificate 

February 2015 = Sex in the Therapy Room Workshop = Certificate

August 2014 = Recognising and Responding to clients with Autism and Asperger´s Syndrome = Certificate

September 2014 =The Impact of Sexual Violence workshop =Certificate

May 2014 = First Aid for Trauma Workshop =Certificate

May 2014 = Psychopharmacology Awareness workshop =Certificate

2016 - 2019 = University of Central Lancashire = Personality Disorders, Practice Development

2013 - 2015 = University of Central Lancashire = Post Graduate Diploma, Integrative Psychotherapy  (BACP Accredited)

2010 - 2013 = University of Central Lancashire = Bachelor of Arts Degree, Honors Counselling and Psychotherapy

2009 - 2010 = Preston Collage, Lancashire, Drug awareness and Counselling = Level 4, Certificate

2008 - 2009 = Children’s Workforce Development Council, Residential Social Care training = Certificate 

2008 - 2009 = Open University Manchester, Counselling and Psychotherapy = Level 5, Certificate

2004 -2006 = University of Central Lancashire, Law, Management, Health Psychology = FHE Certificate

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Initial Consultation -

30 minute telephone consultation - free

Therapy Sessions -

Standard - £50 per session (50 minutes)

Reduced Fee -  £ 40 per session ( 50 minutes)  offered to counsellors or therapists in training, students at collage/ university/ school.

Limited spaces available for concession rate £30 per session - 50 minute appointment please apply within * If in receipt of any state benefits, including work tax credits,  universal tax credits, personal independence payment, disability living allowance, registered disabled, pensioners, unemployed. -  please note* evidence required upon assessment please enquire for fee reduction *

Payment method -  Bank transfer.

When I work

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

If you call and it does not go through, please follow up with an email so I can get back to you asap.

Thank you for your interest.

Preston, Lancashire, PR2

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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