Dr Nicolina Spatuzzi, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
I am a chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The British Psychological Society (BPS). I have been working in the field of mental health for over a decade. I draw upon this rich and varied experience to help people, of all ages, address a range of difficulties and struggles in their life. Above all, I aspire to help people understand the emotional distress that has led them to seek help and to facilitate moving towards living a more fulfilled life.
I am a warm, sensitive and passionate psychologist, and I value working collaboratively and respectfully with people. I place importance on holding in mind the influence and impact of challenging circumstances, both historical and current, on the nature of the difficulties people experience. I therefore explore with my clients the strength and expertise they have to guide change in their lives.
Many of the people with whom I meet identify a hope for things to be different and a wish to begin exploring this further in a safe space. I have experience of offering psychological therapy to people experiencing a range of difficulties including low mood and depression, low self-worth and self-esteem, eating disorders and negative body image, distressing and overwhelming feelings of anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, relational and interpersonal difficulties, phobias, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, and stress.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I am skilled in offering a range of specialist psychological therapies, guided by the current evidence base. The approaches that I draw from include cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, compassion focussed therapy, mindfulness approaches, systemic therapy and narrative therapy. By drawing from a range of different therapy techniques, I value being able to work integratively and to tailor the approach I use depending on your individual needs.
An initial session with me would involve starting an assessment process where we would aim to come to a joint understanding of what the difficulties are that have led you to consider therapy, alongside beginning to explore what change may look like for you. This would lead us to establishing meaningful goals for our sessions together.
Please make contact with me to discuss how I can help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Bachelors degree in Psychology (BSc Hons.)
- Masters in Mental Health (MSc)
- Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Post Trauma Stress
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis
I have over ten years of experience working in the field of mental health, in varied roles, within the NHS. I am a chartered Clinical Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (regulatory body for Clinical Psychologists).
My recent roles within the NHS have been in services that specialise in offering support and a range of interventions to people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis. Prior to this, I worked in a community rehabilitation setting providing holistic assessments and therapeutic interventions to people with a range of long-standing mental health difficulties. I also have experience of offering consultation and bespoke training to a variety of mental health and social care professionals.
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
The cost for assessment and therapy sessions is £105 per 50-55 minute session.
I will provide you with terms and conditions and information regarding cancelling appointments.
I am aware that approaching a professional for help can be a daunting process. I offer a free fifteen-minute telephone consultation to identify whether I can help with the issues that have led you to seek therapy. I will then invite you to meet with me face-to-face to explore these difficulties alongside discussion of what change may look like, ultimately establishing meaningful goals for our future sessions together. I attempt to review, on an ongoing basis, how each person is finding the sessions we have together so as to ensure that people feel heard and respected throughout their sessions.