Dr Nicola Meechan - Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Dr Nicola Meechan
DClinPsych, MA (Hons)
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Available for appointments at our Twickenham Clinic.
Our experiences over the course of our childhood and through our adult lives shape who we are. Our personality/temperament and levels of resilience affect how we approach and respond to events; both positive and stressful. I view the relationship that develops within therapy as the foundation from which we will begin to consider these various factors. The initial sessions will focus on coming to a shared understanding of the difficulties currently encountered and from here we can then set some goals to work towards.
I tend to use a number of models to inform my assessment and treatment approach including behavioural and cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focussed work and systemic approaches. The decision about the most appropriate approach is based on the clients’ needs and the presenting issues.
I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families and have experience of working with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. These include panic, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, low mood, trauma and eating difficulties as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders and specific learning difficulties.
I welcome and encourage feedback on the work we do together to make sure it is helpful to you and to check if we are moving in the right direction. As such we regularly review how you feel things are going and make changes as needed. In my work with young people I encourage active participation from parents to better understand the young person within their family and gain parents support and input into the process, as a co- therapist, helping to support the young person progress outside of appointments.
I aim to work alongside you to help make sense of thoughts, feelings and behaviours (particularly those that may unwittingly exacerbate or maintain difficulties). We will consider different ways to manage feelings that may be more adaptive. This process can take time and effort although these new skills will be ones that can be drawn on throughout life.
In my work as a Clinical Psychologist I feel privileged to be able to have the opportunity to work with all different kinds of people, of every age and of varying backgrounds. I aim to support the process of gaining insight and a better understanding of oneself, to enable you to make sense of, and respond to, strong emotions that have perhaps been interfering with your day to day functioning. It is fantastic to witness these changes in thinking and behaviour that often lead to other changes, including the development of greater confidence and self-awareness, and more balanced thinking about ourselves and the world.
In my free time I take time to read, to enjoy the outdoors and to cook. I also try to practise what I encourage others to do in terms of really trying to immerse myself in the activity I am involved in.
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