Dr Nicole Burnham

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Counselling Psychologist (Dpsych), Bsc (Hons)
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London N1 & E1
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About me

I am a Chartered Counselling psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in mental health. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space where I offer individual therapy and psychosexual therapy. 

People seek therapy for a number of reasons. Some may want support in finding relief from specific difficulties such as relationship or sexual difficulties, low mood or 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.

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, integrative approach. I primarily draw from relational ways of working, but will incorporate cognitive behavioural and trauma informed interventions when needed. I am also undertaking specialist training in psychosexual therapy which allows me to incorporate specific interventions to support those experiencing sexual difficulties. 

Psychosexual therapy 

Psychosexual Therapy may in many ways feel similar to other talking therapies, but specialist training requires practitioners to have additional skills and knowledge that are specific to sexual functioning. Difficulties in our sexual lives are much more common than people think. However, for many people it can be a challenging topic to talk about. Psychosexual therapy can therefore provide an important space to have open and safe conversations. Sexual difficulties can arise at any time in our lives; some are short term, some long term and some specific to certain contexts or situations.

Common issues that people can present with include:

  • A lack of sexual desire or interest
  • A discrepancy in desire between partner(s)
  • Difficulties getting or sustaining an erection
  • Rapid or delayed ejaculation
  • Pain during sex (such as dysperunia or vaginismus)
  • Difficulties reaching orgasm
  • Sexual phobias or aversions
  • Fears around lack of sexual experience
  • Compulsive sexual behaviours
  • Sexual orientation questions

Therapy sessions might include an exploration and understanding of difficulties, increasing confidence and skills around communication, sharing of self-help tools and sexual education, and the recommendation of behavioural exercises to do at home.

I value diversity in its broadest sense, and aim to make my practice as inclusive and safe as possible. 

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.

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)
  • Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy at Tavistock Relationships (PGDip - in progress). 

My career in mental health has spanned over 15 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 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 central London based NHS mental health service, as well as in private practice.

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.

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Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Vitality

Additional information

Fees can be paid bank transfer on a weekly or monthly basis. 

I am registered with most of the main insurance companies. Please contact me for more information and check with your provider if you are covered for psychological therapy.

When I work

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I offer sessions in Walthamstow, Kings Cross, and online. 

Alternative times may be available on request.

The Practice rooms, 150 Caledonian Road, London, Greater London, N1 9RD

East London Relationship Therapy, 225 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Dr Nicole Burnham
Dr Nicole Burnham