Dr Nicola Williams - Counselling Psychologist
Dr Nicola Williams
CPsychol RN R
Available for appointments at our Clapham clinic.
I have had the privilege of working with people when they’re at their best and when they’re at their worst. This time evokes feelings of great joy but also at times great sadness. I see life as about learning and experiences and sharing, sometimes this life seems like just too much to bear whilst at other times it produces such joy. To learn from these experiences, and to be able to share the good and the bad, means we never have to be completely alone unless we choose to be.
My way of working with individuals is first and foremost relational. It’s essential for me to get to know the person in front of me and for that person to get to know me… and to discuss this relationship with honesty and trust.
My primary interests are CBT and mindfulness, whilst incorporating the third wave therapies, plus psychodynamic methods such as attachment theory and object relations.
I’ve always been fascinated by the workings of the mind and have experience of helping people where their overbearing emotions have caused such feelings of distress that they used alcohol and drugs to blot the pain. This therapeutic work also tied in closely with my experience of helping people through bereavements as a bereavement counsellor.
My experience allows me to work with families and children, in an HIV hospice, and mums and dads, and their families in a Perinatal psychology service. Part of my current NHS role is with individuals suffering from chronic health conditions. I also have experience of helping people with borderline personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety and panic attacks; behind these labels is a person whose world is in distress.
Before becoming a Psychologist, I first studied to be a Registered General Nurse. During this period, I spent all my spare time on the psychiatric ward and a good friend said I should have been a psychiatric not a general Nurse. I love to know what makes people tick [including myself] and why we do the things we do. It is so important with anyone to just sometimes take a step back and listen… and to be there.
I love to read and always have a book nearby… For downtime, you will find me training my dog, we will eventually get somewhere in competing when I have learnt how to calm my nerves, which may take a while….
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