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.
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