Lucy Nicholson

Specialist Member

Areas of expertise

My why


Clinical Psychologist

Who am I?

I trained at University College, London and gained my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2011, after working as an assistant psychologist at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital. Following qualification I worked for 3 year in Haringey’s IAPT service as a High Intensity Therapist and then moved to the Whittington Hospital where I joined the Health Psychology Department, specialising initially in Pain and Women’s Health and then moving to become Deputy Lead of the Women’s Health Team. I left the Whittington in February 2019 and now have my own small private practice in North London.

You might want to see me if:

You have any concerns around birth (perhaps following a traumatic birth, or worries about an upcoming birth); if you have struggled with difficult emotions either in pregnancy or postnatally; or if you are interested in simply exploring the experience of parenting, particularly with reference to your own experience of having been parented.

My style:

My style is: highly flexible, my background experience in the NHS has been largely short-term work with a focus on practical, compassion-focused strategies that you can put into practice during challenging times. I am happy working with cognitive-behavioural strategies but as practice has developed I have found that compassion-focused theory (CFT) fits well with my own world-view. CFT combines a really good understanding of how our phyisological responses can work both with and against us, as well as a compassionate way forward.

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