My name is Nicola Priestman, I am a licensed psychotherapist and a qualified counsellor. I am 38 years old and I live in Lancashire. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I was a residential social worker and a community, family support worker. I have over 10 years experience of working with vulnerable adults, young people, children and their families across Lancashire in education, health and charitable settings. I have worked with both private clients and for a number of national EAPs (professional assessment and referral and/or short-term counselling services) who contract with organisations and refer employees to me. I work with both long term clients and short term (up to 6 /12 sessions).
I have always been very passionate about my work and in promoting wellness. I initially trained in counselling, then I did advanced training in psychotherapy, specifically on fear and sadness within human distress. Following this I took a degree which specialised in both counselling and psychotherapy, I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Honours in (Counselling and Psychotherapy).
At this point in my career I was aware of my growing interest in psychoanalysis and within the limitations I had with my current level of training. I returned to University and did my clinical training to become a licensed psychotherapist - I was awarded a 'Professional Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy with Merit' (Accredited by the BACP). Since I have obtained further qualifications related to my craft and my continued professional development to maintain, and broaden my competence, knowledge and skills, ensuring I am practicing safely, effectively and legally.
My experience and success as a psychotherapist comes from several years in practice working for 1 Point Northwest in Bolton, delivering psychotherapy on a 1:1 basis to adults with a wide range of mental health difficulties. I have also worked at Lancaster University providing therapy to students and for N-Compass in high schools across the North West. In addition I have worked for the prison service as a therapeutic community worker with the substance misuse team facilitating group workshops.
I have a strong commitment to normalizing mental health work and I enthusiastically work within an integrative approach. An integrative approach refers to drawing on and blending a variety of psychotherapeutic theories taken from different models of counselling and psychotherapy. Integrative therapy offers strategies that promote change. I favour working in this way to encourage the process of self-exploration, discovery and healing, which occurs within the relationship between myself and a client as the therapy unfolds. As every one of us is a unique human being, we will all have a different style of relating to certain types of/or methods of therapy. Therefore, by integrating an array of techniques therapy can be tailored around an individual client covering a wide spectrum of needs and concerns offering greater, flexibility, adaptability and the promotion of wellness.
I have undergone rigorous, intensive training to become a psychotherapist. I have also had substantial personal therapy to enable me to have both a professional and personal perspective of the therapeutic process - I know what is it like to sit in the clients chair!. I have trained in an array of therapeutic techniques including: humanistic, psychoanalytical and psycho-dynamic therapies and cognitive and behavioural interventions.
I integrate Gestalt therapy, Humanistic therapies, Person-centred therapy, Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic, Solution focused Brief Therapy, Interpersonal therapy, Transactional analysis, Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Transpersonal Psychology and Mindfulness within my practice to cover a wide spectrum of mental health difficulties. At this stage in my career I identify as working as a 'relational', 'humanistic' and 'integrative' therapist.
I am registered as a psychotherapist on the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy register and I am a member of the (BACP). I am also registered on the Counselling Directory and on the Counsellors Directory. They are all public records of psychotherapists and counsellors who have met the standards for professional registration. The standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to the (BACP) Ethical Framework. Which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
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I take referrals privately, from GP's, dentists and other health professionals