Dr Nicola Smith, Clinical Psychologist
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist providing high quality, professional, caring psychological assessment and therapy for children, young people and families as well as individual adults or couples. I have worked as a psychologist in the NHS, private sector organisations and charitable organisations for many years and also supervise fellow psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists.
I am committed to first understanding the difficulties you are experiencing and then working together to identify goals and the most appropriate and helpful way to reach those. The key to successful therapy is a comfortable and trusting relationship and I would encourage you to use the assessment session to get a feel of how it would be to work together.
Clinical Psychology training equips practitioners to work from a range of approaches. This means that we can think together about which approach might most suit you, as well as which approach is most well evidenced for the difficulties you are experiencing. I therefore would draw on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), systemic approaches and more longer term approaches. I am also interested in using techniques from more recent approaches to therapy such as Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
I realise that the decision to seek help and embark on therapy is not one taken lightly, and I would work with you to ensure that there is a clear plan to help you attain your goals.
Training, qualifications & experience
Key Qualifications and Accreditation
- Doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Exeter
- BSc (hons) Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire.
I am registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and am a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society.
I worked in the NHS for over 10 years in a range of services for people with mental and physical health problems. I have worked in a number of schools, and charitable sector services supporting children, young people and families with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. More recently I have worked as psychology lead for a public health commissioned service to tackle obesity.
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.
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
My fees are £90 per session for people self funding, and I am also registered with the major health insurers. Please do contact me for further details.