Nicola Priestman is an experienced integrative psychotherapist, counsellor with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care industry, with an ethos to normalise mental health work. Prior to becoming a therapist Nicola was a residential social worker and a community, family support worker. She has over 10 years experience working in mental health in both education, health and charitable settings across Lancashire.
Nicola has a wide range of experience working with people of various ages, on both a short term and long term basis. She has worked as a therapist in private practice for several years working with both private clients and EAPs (professional assessment and referral and/or short-term counselling services).
Areas of experience range from - anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems - marital discord, separation & divorce, psychological, sexual and emotional abuse, post traumatic stress/ professional/career related issues, bereavement , workplace bullying, substance misuse/abuse, body image issues, self harm & cutting, stress, social skills deficits, low self-esteem, confidence.
Nicola holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with honours in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited) and a current enhanced DBS certificate - among other qualifications relating to her craft. Alongside running the private practice Nicola continues her academic and research commitments at the University of Central Lancashire.
Nicola integrates 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 her practice to cover a wide spectrum of mental health difficulties.
Nicola is registered as a psychotherapist with the (BACP) British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and she is on the Counselling Directory. They are both public records of psychotherapists and counsellors who have met the standards for professional registration. Which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
Our experience enables us to offer effective, individualised, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground for every individual.
Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and tailoring a treatment plan for you.
We are here for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counselling and psychotherapy treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
An integrative approach to therapy 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. It encourages the process of self-exploration, discovery and healing, which occurs within the relationship between the therapist 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.
Psychotherapy, counselling can liberate you from the isolation and loneliness of living with what can often seem unbearable by providing you with an opportunity to explore those feelings with someone, who is completely on the outside looking in, rather than with a friend, family, work colleague or other. It also offers you a safe, non judgemental and confidential space.
As a result of therapy, you may find that you can now deal with the things that once seemed impossible and face challenges, take risks and even gain a higher sense of purpose /self awareness. Remember when your body and mind work the way nature intended, your spirit soars and so do you!!.
This provides an opportunity to establish what the problem/s may be, what we can do about this and to see whether we can work together.
1:1 Individual counselling, psychotherapy for Adults, Older Adults, students Organisations, Employee Assistance Programmes, young people.
People seek psychotherapy and counselling for a variety of reasons. They may be experiencing difficulties or may want to discover more about them self.
Simply contact us by email or telephone to discuss your needs.
Referral by your GP
We are not an NHS clinic, however you can be referred privately to us by your GP. We have close links with GPs across the region who regularly refer their patients to us.
Business / Corporate Referrals
We work locally with various local companies who refer staff to us via Occupational Health or Human Resources departments.
Other Professional Referrals
You may be referred by your insurance company or workplace perhaps and they may be funding your therapy. Please call to discuss this option.
Whats happens next ?
To ensure your your needs are being met appropriately, and you find the right therapist for you. We prefer to undertake an initial clinical assessment at your first consultation appointment. The assessment enables us to assemble information about you, your background, your medical history, your current and past difficulties and how you have manged your needs to date. We would like to know what your expectations are from your treatment and to understand your goals. It may also be helpful to you to consider your needs and the different options that may be available to you.
* We aim to respond to any enquiries with a telephone call or an email within two working days *.
No - a therapists role is to facilitate your awareness, growth and psychological development - by listening, reflecting, offering clarity, perspective. The uniqueness and strength of working together forms a vehicle for therapeutic inquiry and growth.
We do not set a number of sessions for you, therapy is run completely at your pace, and we will work together on deciding how many sessions you may need. However, ultimately it is your choice, as to how many sessions you have.
Our fee is £50 per session (50 minutes) for Individuals, EAPs by negotiation.
A fee reduction is offered to counsellors or therapists in training £40.
We offer new clients an initial face to face consultation free of charge.
When an appointment is made, this time is reserved exclusively for you. A full 48 hours is required for cancellation.
Cancellations less than 48 hours will incur the full cost. This is because 48 hours may allow me to reschedule my diary.
Please contact us with questions.
Ribble Saw Mill, Paley Road, Preston, Preston, Lancashire, England PR1 8NX, United Kingdom
Mon 09.30 - 19.00
Tue 09.30 - 19.00
Wed 09.30 - 19.00
Fri 09.30 - 19.00
Sat 09.30 - 12.30
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