Nicola Williams BSc (Hons) PGDip MBACP Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Hi, I'm Nicola. I am a qualified and registered cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. I have over 20 years experience within the NHS as a qualified mental health nurse, mainly practicing within primary care mental health services. I have experience working with a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties including depression and anxiety disorders, trauma, low self-esteem and situational stress. It can be very difficult to ‘see the wood for the trees’ when problems become overwhelming and it can be a relief to have someone to share your fears and help you to see things more clearly.
CBT is an effective, evidence based therapeutic approach, which focuses on how our thoughts and beliefs affect how we feel and behave. Likewise, if we are struggling emotionally, this will impact on our perception of ourselves, others, and the world around us. By working together, we can develop a shared understanding of what is maintaining your current difficulties, along with appropriate tools and techniques to help you cope more effectively, and work towards identified goals.
Reaching out can be a daunting prospect. I am non-judgemental, have a genuine care for others mental well-being and will always endeavour to help you feel safe, valued and supported.
If you would like to get in touch to arrange an initial session, please feel free to contact me via phone, text or email.
I am always happy to arrange an initial call free of charge to give us the opportunity to discuss some of the difficulties you are experiencing, to provide you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and to help you decide whether you feel my therapeutic approach will meet your needs at this time.
Telephone: 07765 785304
Training, qualifications & experience
- DipHE Nursing (Mental Health) - Level 5
- BSc (Hons) Community Mental Health Practice - Level 6
- PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy - Level 7
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- CFT Essentials (Compassion Focussed Therapy)
- Inner Child Healing
- Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- CBT-E (Enhanced CBT for Eating Disorders)
- CBT for Persistent Pain
- Targeting Self-Regulation in CBT for Depression
- Trauma, the Brain, and Recovery
- Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEADS)
- Transcultural CBT
- Social Diversity and Identity
- Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
- LGBTQ+ Stigma, Discrimination, and Allyship
- Dementia Awareness
- Offering Treatment through Alternative Methods
- Telephone/Online Training and Skills Competency
- Management of Safeguarding People
- Safeguarding Adults
- Safeguarding Children
- Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
- Health, Safety and Welfare
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Information Governance
- Resuscitation and Basic Life Support
As a qualified psychotherapist I undertake continuous professional development (CPD) to expand my skills and knowledge. I also receive regular clinical supervision to ensure best practice.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), currently working towards full accreditation. This means I am bound by, and practice ethically within, their guidelines for good practice.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer sessions during selected evenings and weekends. At present all my sessions are offered via telephone or online.