Frequently Asked Questions

I am registered with Aviva, Vitality Heath and Cigna.
I’m passionate about helping people overcome anxiety to achieve what they want from life.

I was a professional actress for over 15 years before becoming a psychotherapist. During rehearsals for an upcoming tour, I saw a therapist who helped me overcome stage-fright and enabled me to choose my optimum state before going on stage. I can remember on the first night walking out onstage and being handed a rattling cup and saucer by a nervous fellow actor. I took the cup and saucer firmly, looked out at the audience and realised it had worked. I felt free, confident and in control. I was so impressed by this that I went on to train as a therapist.

I know that dealing with anxiety issues on your own can be challenging and so I now specialise in helping others overcome them.

I have been a therapist for over 25 years and have a BA Hons Degree in Music and Drama and an MSc in Psychotherapy. My training encompasses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Schema Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. I use an integrative approach that is tailored to the individual.

I have a wide range of experience with clients from a variety of backgrounds, having worked within the NHS as a Psychotherapist and several private clinics, including The Priory Hospital Roehampton. I currently work as a therapist for Priory Online and offer private therapy online or in person at my clinic in Kingston.

Session Fees:

£95.00 in person at my Kingston clinic or over Zoom.

Fees are payable by BACS or Paypal in advance.

If less than 24 hours is given for a cancellation then the full fee will be charged.
I combine Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with EMDR and Clinical Hypnosis and a range of other techniques where appropriate. See Supporting Therapies.
MSc in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Goldsmiths College)
Full Member of the Association of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapists
Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society
Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Certificates, (EMDR) Parts 1 and 2
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis – British Medical Hypnotherapy Board

I have been working as a therapist since 1997 and have experience working within an IAPT NHS service as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and at The Priory Hospital as a psychotherapist. I currently work in private practice (face to face an online) and for The Priory as an online psychotherapist.

http://www.cbttherapies.org.uk/
CBT is a brief, goal orientated therapy, which usually takes between 5 to 12 sessions to bring about lasting change. It is different to traditional analytic psychotherapy, which can last for months and sometimes years.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing the way you think about yourself and the world around you. It is a structured approach that helps you discover the source of your problem and enables you to think and act in more appropriate ways.

It works best if you have a specific issue you want to address. See list of Services.

“Men are disturbed not by things but by the view they take of them”. Epictetus

CBT is focused mainly on the present and helps the client to create healthy and realistic alternatives to current problematic thoughts, emotions and behaviours. CBT offers proven techniques for solving problems. It is based on the philosophy that people are disturbed, not by the events that happen to them, but by the beliefs they hold relating to the events. The therapist works closely with the client to identify any deep-seated, unhelpful beliefs that may lie at the heart of the problem. The therapist and the client then work together to weaken the unhelpful beliefs and to create new helpful beliefs. The new beliefs then create healthier thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Ultimately, CBT helps people to develop a philosophy and approach to living that can increase effectiveness and happiness in all areas of life. CBT can treat a variety of conditions including: anxiety, assertiveness, blushing, OCD, confidence, exam nerves, headaches, stage fright, phobias, weight, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), insomnia, nail biting, pain, panic attacks, stopping smoking, skin complaints, snoring, stress and many more.
EXAM CONFIDENCE: "I was really impressed by Nicola's therapy sessions, as she is really understanding, non-judgmental and friendly in approach, and provides skills and relaxation strategies to help to cope with stress and life events which can be adapted to many different situations" Caroline D