Nicola Williams Chartered Psychologist MSc, BSc (Hons), RN.
During these unusual times, looking after your mental health is hugely important especially when isolating either alone or with family. I can offer four to five sessions for stabilisation for clients who have anxieties re COVID-19 plus my usual therapeutic sessions. I can offer online via Zoom, Skype or telephone whilst unable to meet F2F.
It's sometimes difficult making the first step to find support or even knowing how to! and seeming to have to make these choices and decisions when one is already finding life difficult…
As an individual, and as a psychologist, my areas of interest include life span development all types of families; one's experiences of attachment and loss, and intergenerational patterns of relating and relationship issues this may cause.
I have always had an interest in 'workings of the mind' and a belief in one's 'resilience', ability to change, and our ability to reach for what we want if we believe in ourselves.
I am interested in social stigmas and the social construction of our lives, including culture, religion, and gender roles in society.
I work relationally with an awareness of myself, and my own being when with clients and believe in mindfulness and being in the moment.
In addition to this I am a bereavement and addictions counsellor plus have previously worked in a GP surgery, a staff counselling service, as a harassment adviser, in a private sexual health clinic offering TOPs and HIV testing, plus I have the experience of working with individuals who are depressed, anxious, have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, PTSD or OCD to name a few, not that I work with a diagnosis..I work with a person!
I currently work in an NHS setting for people with long term health conditions including such conditions as Functional Neurological Disorder. I run a small private practice on a Saturday. I also offer therapy in the evenings via telephone and Skype.
Theoretically I work according to what the client brings to therapy, I am experienced in, and use cognitive behavioural therapy, person centred counselling, psychodynamic or sometimes an eclectic or integrative mix of all.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am also a Registered Nurse [NMC] specialising in Infectious Diseases and have previously worked as a registered Midwife for twenty years. I am a qualified Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist.
I have benefited so much from personal therapy myself and value the importance, and support gained, from regular supervision.
Specialities: Bereavement counselling, substance misuse, motivational interviewing and life coaching, attachment disorders, depression/anxiety, FND, staff counselling & harassment work. perinatal mental health and problems experienced by new parents.
i have attended training as an Expert Witness for the courts.
i am a volunteer for Medical Justice and visit detention centres/write reports on individuals detained by the home office.
Training, qualifications & experience
Roehampton University, School of Human & Life Sciences, Whiteland's College, Holybourne Avenue, London. SW15
I gained a Postgraduate Diploma in the practice of Counselling Psychology, and Master of Science in Counselling Psychology which enabled me to gain Chartered status as a Counselling Psychologist plus registration with HPC.
Roehampton University, London. SW15
Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Psychology and Counselling, gained 2:1 lower 1st.
Middlesex University, School of Health Studies, RNIB Building, Archway, London. N19
Diploma in Higher Education (Midwifery).
Basildon and Thurrock Health Authority - Orsett School of Nursing.
Registered General Nursing Certificate.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Health and Care Professions Council
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Functional Neurological Disorder
I operate a sliding scale for fees depending on your personal circumstances.
Individual therapy: from £85 per fifty minutes.
Supervision: from £50 per fifty minutes.
Concessionary places may be available for students and single parents, please do enquire.
I offer daytime appointments on a Saturday.
Individual supervision is available to both trainee and qualified therapists and other professionals.
Ethics: I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist which means that I abide by the Professional Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS) plus regulations as set out by HCPC. Therefore you have every right to expect that I will conduct myself professionally, responsibly and according to the ethical laws, regulations and codes of conduct, of which I am a full professional member. I am fully insured as both a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a Registered Midwife.
I am registered with Aviva and Axa Insurance Ltd as an eligible provider of psychological/counselling therapy.