Dr Nikki Wood
I offer shorter term therapy using both motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy for substance use where our sessions would be very much based on identifying and working with your own harm reduction goals and relapse prevention.
I also provide longer term holistic psychodynamic and counselling therapy for deeper distress related to relationships, anxiety, stress, anger, work problems, feelings of isolation and depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
Uk wide expert in substance use and mental health including new psychoactive drugs like spice. Multiple NHS Leadership Programmes, plus multiple CBT, psychodynamic and motivational trainings. I have also and still do work in the NHS as a Senior Level Clinical Psychologist for the last 15 years but don’t always agree with their goals! I would much rather work with yours.
I am a Member of the Health and Care Professions Council, and the British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology. I am also an Associate Fellow of the BPS.
Foundation in Narrative Therapy (finishing 2019)
Graduate Certificate in Group Analysis (2011)
Certificate in Group Work (2008)
Personal CBT, CAT, Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Long Term Personal Therapy 1999-2019) (absolutely essential for any therapist in my opinion)
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology UCL (2003)
Masters in Psychology, Edinburgh University, (1993)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Drug abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex addiction
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialist in drug and alcohol use, including skunk and spice/synthetic cannabis
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
Fees vary but reflect my experience and training and are available on request. I am also not necessarily restricted to a certain post code so can work in Cambridge, Saffron Walden, Bishops Stortford and London, including Harley Street, although my fees will be adjusted accordingly, dependent on the location.
I am also registered with multiple insurance companies.
I am willing to work with you online via various forms of secure messaging, Skype or Zoom sessions if you are in a different location, or feel more comfortable with the increased anonymity. I am relaxed, highly knowledgeable, chilled, non judgmental and very professional. I understand the importance of potentially talking about something that for some may be controversial such as substance use and how difficult that can be. But from my perspective this is often be a big part of peoples' lives, work, socialising and relaxation. I also understand that it can serve as a way of coping with and managing stress and difficult feelings, emotions and situations.
I am happy to meet individually and remotely, but prefer to meet face to face for the first time although we can also communicate via text, chat etc, as long as it’s helpful to you. A combination of both would be preferable, but not essential. Confidentially is guaranteed, and a breach of this would only occur in extreme circumstances e.g if I thought that you or someone else is at risk of immediate significant harm. This would always be discussed with you in and mutually and collaboratively agreed in advance about the best management strategy at the time of our first meeting, in line with our Terms and Agreements as well as on an on-going basis.
I do ask that time booked in, both in person and online, and then cancelled within 24 hours or a DNA will be liable for full charge. I know this might sound harsh but it’s standard practice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Sorry, no|
Flexible in the evenings and at weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Relapse Prevention, Therapeutic Group Skills, Staff Support, Staff Reflective Practice, Boundaries.