Nichola Woodward

Nichola Woodward

I am a qualified psychotherapist with a wide range of client experience, having worked as a counsellor with students, the elderly and within the NHS. Within my therapy work I am interested in body process, art and experiment and use these with clients where appropriate. People really interest me and so I meet clients wherever they are, without judgement, and with active curiosity.

I trained at London's Metanoia Institute and have a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and a Masters degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy. I am registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), which ensures all its members have undergone approved learning programmes and meet exacting professional standards.

Gestalt psychotherapy is a Humanistic therapy, but very integrative in its outlook, as it includes aspects of existentialism, Eastern spiritual practices and psychoanalysis. Its concept of "awareness" (living in the here-and-now and really understanding how you are feeling, thinking and why you are doing things) is almost identical to "mindfulness", a practice commonly adopted by CBT counsellors within the NHS.

Code of ethics

As a member of UKCP, I am bound by its code of Ethics and Practice, which includes having regular supervision for my client work and following a programme of continuing professional development.