Dr Helen Nicholas


Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, MSc Counselling


Contact Details

email: h.nicholas@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855 470

I am a counselling psychologist, registered the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS); an EMDR accredited practitioner and a registered coaching psychologist. My teaching is mainly on the BSc counselling psychology modules and as the counselling psychology pathway lead. I also lead the MSc Counselling course.

My qualifications include a Doctorate in psychotherapeutic and counselling psychology (PsychD); a foundation in systemic family therapy and level 4 EMDR (accredited). In addition to my academic role, I run a private practice in Somerset, where I specialise in working across the lifespan with adolescents, adults and older adults. My particular interests are in anxiety, trauma, depression, OCD and neurodegenerative diseases.

My volunteer roles within the BPS began in 2010 and within the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) have included the roles of communications lead, chair, and general committee member. I have also been the chair and committee members of the BPS South West Branch. My current voluntary roles include being an active member of the BPS training committee for counselling psychology and I am a BPS trustee. I also sit on the fitness to practice panels for the HCPC. My research interests and publications are in the areas of counselling psychology, work-life balance, supervision, personality traits, neurodegenerative diseases, and ethical and professional issues in psychology.


PsychD in counselling and psychotherapeutic psychology University of Surrey
EMDR accredited therapist EMDR UK and Ireland         
Foundation in Systemic Family Therapy      
Postgraduate certificate - learning & teaching in higher education (PGCE)

Teaching & Research


MSc Counselling - course lead

Module lead for:

  • Theory for practice: towards an integrative approach   
  • The professional, political and social context of counselling and psychotherapeutic practice   
  • Developments in evidence-based therapeutic interventions

BSc Counselling Psychology pathway lead

Module lead for:

  • Professional and Ethical issues in Counselling Psychology
  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology


Counselling psychology
Older adults
Neurodegenerative diseases - Dementia, Alzheimers Disease
Personality traits
Lifespan development
Work-life balance
Coaching psychology
Ethical and professional issues in psychology

Professional Bodies

British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)    
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
HCPC registered practitioner psychologist
EMDR accredited practitioner - EMDR UK and Ireland
Fellow - Higher Education Academy


McIntosh, M., Nicholas, H., & Huq, A.H. (Eds.). (2019). Leadership and diversity in psychology: Moving beyond the limits. Oxford: Routledge.

Nicholas, H. (2017). Professional developments in counselling psychology. In V. Galbraith (Ed.). Counselling psychology: Topics in applied psychology. (pp. 210-215). Oxford: Routledge.

Jones Nielsen, J.D. and Nicholas, H. (2017). Counselling Psychology in the United Kingdom. In R.K. Goodyear and J.W. Lichtenberg (Eds.) A global portrait of counselling psychology. New York: Routledge.

Jones Nielsen, J.D. and Nicholas, H. (2016). Counselling Psychology in the United Kingdom. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(2), 206-224

Goodyear, R.K., Lichtenberg, J.W., Hutman, H., Overland, E., Bedi, R., Christiani, K., Di Mattia, M., du Preez, E., Farrell, W., Feather, J., Grant, J., Han, Y., Ju, Y., Lee, D., Lee, H., Nicholas, H., Jones Nielsen, J., Sinacore, A., Tu, S., & Young, C. (2016) A Global Portrait of Counselling Psychologists’ Characteristics, Perspectives, and Professional Behaviours. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(2), 115-138

Nicholas, H. (2016, May, 2) Working relationally with clients living with a neurodegenerative disorder (http://wp.me/p3Wub6-Bp4 )     

Prior, J. , Abraham, R., Nicholas, H., Chan, T., Vanvlymen, J., Lovestone, S., & Boothby, H. (2016) Are Premorbid Abnormal Personality Traits Associated with Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Dementia? International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. ISSN Online 1099-1166 (In Press)

Walsh, Y., Dillon, S., Frankland, A., Kerr, C., Larsson, P., Nicholas, H., & Sugg, M. (2013). Working relationally with trauma: A discussion. P.James (Ed.). Leicester: The British Psychological Society 

Nicholas, H. and McDowall, A. (2012). When work keeps us apart: A thematic analysis of the experience of business travellers. Community, Work and Family, 15(3), 335 – 355 

Nicholas, H., Moran, P., Archer, N., Foy, C., Brown, R., Lovestone, S, & Boothby,H. (2010). Are abnormal premorbid personality traits a marker for Alzheimer’s disease? –A case-control study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 25(4), 345-51 

External Responsibilities

British Psychological Society (BPS):

  • BPS Board of Trustees
  • BPS DCoP Training Committee for Counselling Psychology (TCCP)  

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC):

  • Fitness to Practice - Panel Member
  • Investigative Committee Panel Member - practitioner psychologist
  • Educational reviewer

Editorial panel - Counselling Psychology Review

Reviewer for Qualitative Psychology and other journals specialising in counselling psychology

External examiner :

  • Glasgow Caledonian University  - 2nd year modules for the doctorate in counselling psychology
  • University of Teesside –Doctorate in counselling psychology students - viva voce examinations