Illsley Psychotherapy

Hello and welcome to my website.

If you are visiting my website then perhaps you or someone you love is experiencing some difficulty in your life which has got to the point where you feel you need some outside support. No matter how well intentioned and loving friends and family might be, sometimes we need to talk to someone who isn’t involved in our lives.

I know that taking that first step to talk to a therapist can be incredibly daunting and scary but it might turn out to be the best decision you could make. Just talking to someone who can create a space for you to be yourself and open up fully, someone who focuses completely and non judgmentally on you, can be a powerful and healing experience.

I am an integrative psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. That just means that I have a number of tools in my box and don’t rely on a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I use a person centred approach so the work we do together would be tailored to you as an individual. It might include CBT, Psychoanalysis, Hypnotherapy, mindfulness and creative work. As well as all that, thanks to extensive professional development training, I can offer a trauma informed approach including the use of a technique called Rewind which is highly effective for PTSD, nightmares and flashbacks. I am also an Advanced Drawing and Talking Therapy practitioner.  This is a safe and non-intrusive therapeutic method suitable for children from 5 years of age.

I can offer a space for you, a space to heal. Take that step and come and talk to me and we can explore how I can help.



I can now see clients for face to face appointments.  I have conducted risk assessments and am able to take all measures necessary to ensure the safety of both the client and myself. 

I can also do zoom video appointments if you would prefer that or live too far away for face to face to be practical. 

My Expertise

Anxiety & Depression

If you, or someone you love, are suffering from anxiety or depression I can help.


Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional & physical disorders

Drawing & Talking

Working with children, adolescents & young people.

Illsley Psychotherapy Video Showcase.

'I feel extremely fortunate, as a Mother, to have found Nicola and her services for my youngest daughter, who has been experiencing low-self esteem and social anxiety, which became progressively worse upon starting upper school. To the point, she dreaded school and found the whole experience distressing. It’s been beautiful to watch my daughter bloom during the time she’s been seeing Nicola. She’s gone from a very nervous, unhappy and insular person into a more confident, positive and sociable individual. Nicola’s gentle and person centred approach has really empowered and equipped my daughter with practical techniques she can utilise prior to, or when experiencing a situation that causes anxiety. As a result she now has the confidence to carryout activities she once was too nervous to take part in and is more happier within. It just warms my heart to have my daughter’s sense of humour, laughter and just general presence grace our family again. In a nutshell - Nicola has quite literally given me back my daughter! I’ll forever be grateful to you Nicola, thank you.'

Samantha Wood – Testimonial

"I was lucky enough to have met Nicky when she had just qualified as a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. I was at the very lowest point in my life and I am so relieved that I met her then because she helped me through a very dark and difficult time. And helped me to look at things from a more positive point of view instead of the constant negativity that I was seeing in everything and everyone. I have suffered with depression all my adult life and seen various counsellors in my life and I personally have never found any of them to be of any help to me at all. In fact they made me feel worse as I talked about my problems, the counsellor just nodded, I cried a lot and always left feeling worse than before I went for my appointment. I never felt any of that in any of my sessions with Nicky, in fact I couldn't believe the hour had passed by so quickly and was disappointed that I'd have to wait another week to be able to see her again. Nicky is such a lovely person and so easy and comfortable to talk to about anything. She never judges you, never looks down on you. I always felt so at ease talking to her about the most difficult tragedies I'd gone though in my life and yes I cried in almost every session but, I always left feeling relaxed and more at peace with myself each time. I also had some hypnotherapy sessions with Nicky and to be honest when we first discussed me having hypnotherapy, I did think of the scenes you see on T.V with people running around on stage imitating a chicken lol. But it is absolutely nothing like that at all. It is so calming and relaxing and that is made more so because of the calmness and softness of Nicky's voice and just feeling so comfortable and safe in her hands. Nicky and the psychotherapy and hypnotherapy helped me so so much with my depression, my grief, my loss, and my anxiety. It also helped me with my self esteem and self worth too. And to put into perspective that the things that had happened to me from being a child were not my fault and ..... I AM ENOUGH !!! 😊"


"I was introduced to Nicky in 2015 by a friend who recommended her. I have to say I owe this friend a lot as I was in a really bad place physically and mentally. Nicky helped me in so many ways. She is kind, patient and so caring. She is really good at what she does. I am now the person who recommends her to others."


"Nicky - thank you so much for your support. I feel I can move forward and for now I can face the challenges and the ghosts of my past."


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