Dr Nicole Burnham
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space where people can explore a range of issues in order to create meaningful change in their lives.
Why seek therapy?
People seek therapy for a number of reasons. Some may want support in finding relief from specific difficulties such as depression, anxiety, or other emotional problems that might impact their life. Others may feel less sure of what they want from therapy, or come with a more general desire to understand themselves better, to find more meaning in their lives, or simply have a space to stop and think about what their next steps might be.
Therapy provides an opportunity to slow down and listen to ourselves. This creates a space where we can start to hear what we need, and gain insight and understanding into why things are how they are. This awareness can provide more choice in how we manage certain experiences, or in how we interact with other people. In other words, it gives the possibility of developing a healthier and more fulfilling way of living.
How I work
The kind of support and input that a person might need when they come to therapy will vary considerably. I do not therefore believe that one type of therapy fits all, and instead draw from a broad range of models to inform an individualised approach. This is often called an ‘integrative’ way of working, and I choose to draw on Cognitive-Behavioural, Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches (including Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy).
I aim to help people manage both the symptoms of distress as well as gain insight into the factors underlying it. Such factors might be connected to issues such as loss, changes in identity, or past trauma. I have a specialist interest in understanding how a person’s difficulties and life circumstances are influenced by their ways of relating to themselves and to other people. By this, I mean that our patterns of perceiving and interacting with others can powerfully affect the decisions we make and how we feel about ourselves. Sometimes these patterns are out of our awareness and can lead us to act in unhelpful or even self-destructive ways. The acknowledgement of certain parts of ourselves can be a challenging process, but ultimately I believe that it provides greater flexibility and choice in our day-to-day lives.
I believe that therapy should be a collaborative relationship, and because of this think it is important to decide together what therapy might look like for you. I therefore suggest an initial consultation period of a few sessions or more, where we can explore options together.
I offer both short-term, brief therapy (between 6-12 sessions), as well as longer term, open-ended therapy. Therapy sessions last 50 minutes and typically happen at the same time on a weekly basis. I am happy to discuss other options if this does not work for you however.
A note on therapy during Coronavirus pandemic
The Coronavirus is an challenging time for everyone, and the ways in which it will impact us will be different. Therapy might provide a space to talk through any feelings that have arisen in response to this, or perhaps give an opportunity to consider practical ways of managing and coping.
During this time I will not be offering face to face sessions but will be available for telephone or video calling instead.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), The British Psychological Society (BPS), and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
I have gained the following formal qualifications:
· Accreditation in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
· Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych)
· Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Neuroscience (Bsc)
My career in mental health has spanned over 12 years, having worked in a range of settings both within and outside of the NHS. Within these roles I have provided assessment and therapy to clients with difficulties ranging from mild presentations of anxiety and depression, to those with more severe and enduring mental health difficulties associated with complex trauma, self-harm, crisis management, and longstanding relationship difficulties. My positions within the NHS have also included managerial, supervisory and consultative roles. I currently work within an outer London based NHS mental health service, as well as in private practice.
I have completed various additional training workshops and seminars in the areas of attachment disorders, complex trauma, sexual abuse and assault, and working with shame. I place a lot of importance in keeping up to date with new research within the field so that my practice is informed by new, and relevant knowledge.
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 for telephone and video calling session are £75
My fees for face to face sessions are £85 although I am not currently offering this in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
Each session is 50 minutes.
Fees can be paid by cash at the end of each session or by bank transfer.
I am registered with most of the main insurance companies. Insurance companies will be billed an additional surcharge. Please contact me for more information and check with your provider if you are covered for psychological therapy.