During her years in CAMHS Nicola worked with children and adolescents with many issues, including anxiety and phobias, depression, suicidal Ideation & self-harm and on call for self-harm assessments at the hospital. Nicola has also worked with young people with gender identity issue, an area where thinking has changed significantly in the last 10 years.
Nicola uses family therapy and EMDR to help children and families post adoption and whilst fostered and across culture. She is experienced in working with children with Developmental Disorders, and has a passion for working with children and families who have experienced trauma.
Nicola gained extensive experience in using EMDR whilst in CAMHS and uses it frequently for many different situations including traumas that can be severe, complex or a single incident, phobias, nightmares and resilience building. Nicola finds that children are relaxed with EMDR as it can be playful, non invasive and doesn’t necessarily involve lots of ‘talking about things’ which children sometimes can’t or don’t want to engage with.
Whilst at CAMHS Nicola trained to teach Mindfulness at The Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and uses this both in her own life and in her work.
Other therapies and schools of thought that influence Nicola’s practice are Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Parent and Child Attachment Game using video.
Nicola provides supervision and teaching of systemic and EMDR therapy. She is registered with the UKCP, AFT and EMDR UK and Ireland Association.
Nicola has had her own practice in Jersey in the last three years and now works in Chichester at Beacon House.