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Dr Helen Nicholas

Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


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), a EMDR accredited practitioner and a registered coaching psychologist. I teach on the BSc counselling psychology, clinical psychology and am the course lead for the MSc Counselling.

My qualifications include a Doctorate in psychotherapeutic and counselling psychology (PsychD) from the University of Surrey, a foundation in systemic family therapy and EMDR accreditation. 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. I have a particular interest in depression, anxiety, trauma and neurodegenerative diseases.

My volunteer roles within the BPS began in 2010 include past roles as chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) and the BPS South West Branch. My current roles include being an active member of the BPS training committee for counselling psychology, the BPS ethics committee and I am a BPS trustee. I 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

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Course lead – MSc Counselling

BSc Counselling Psychology
Module leader - Professional and Ethical issues in Counselling Psychology
Module leader - Introduction to Counselling Psychology

BSc Clinical Psychology
Mental health and mental illness
Treatment interventions


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

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
HCPC registered practitioner psychologist     
EMDR accredited practitioner - EMDR UK and Ireland    
Members of the American Psychological Society (APA)
Member of the APA - Division 17 - Counselling Psychology Division   
Fellow - Higher Education Academy




Book Chapters

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

Research Articles    

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 Behaviors. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(2), 115-138

Nicholas, H. (2016, May, 2) Working relationally with clients living with a neurodegenerative disorder ( )     

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 (2011). DCoP enjoys annual conference in Bristol. British Psychological Society.

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 

Foy,C.M.L., Nicholas,H., Poppe,M., Archer,N., Hollingsworth,P., Dowzell,K.F., Williams,A., Moore,P.J., Boothby, H., Williams,J., Owen,M.J., Al-Sarraj, S. & Lovestone, S. (2007). Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease – non-clinicians and computerised algorithms together are as accurate as the best clinical practice. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 22(11), 1154-63 

Archer, N., Brown, R., Reeves, S., Boothby, H., Nicholas, H., Foy, C., Williams, J., & Lovestone, S. (2007). Premorbid personality and behavioural and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 15(3), 194-205

Archer, N., Brown, R., Boothby, H., Foy, C., Nicholas, H. & Lovestone, S. (2006). The NEO-FFI is a reliable measure of premorbid personality in patients with probable Alzheimer’s Disease. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 21, 477-484 

Ellul, J., Archer, N., Foy, C., Poppe,M., Boothby, H., Nicholas, H., Brown, R.G. & Lovestone, S. (2006). The effects of commonly prescribed drugs in patients with Alzheimer’s disease on the rate of deterioration. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. 78(3), 233-9 

Archer, N., Brown, R., Boothby, H., Foy, C., Nicholas, H. & Lovestone, S. (2004). The relationship between premorbid personality and the BPSD in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The 9th international conference on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders 

Archer, N., Boothby, H., Brown, R., Foy, C., Nicholas, H., Poppe, M., Shabbit, S. & Lovestone, S (2004). The relationship between premorbid personality and behavioural and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (BPSD) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Neurology of Aging. 25, S305-S306 Suppl. 2,Jul 2004

Book Reviews

Mindfulness and Schema Therapy: A practical guide
Michiel van Vreeswijk, Jenny Broersen & Ger Schurink
South West Review, Summer 2015 

Helping people with eating disorders: A clinical guide to assessment and treatment.
Bob Palmer
South West Review, Summer 2015 

How to Become a More Effective CBT Therapist: Mastering metacompetencies in clinical practice
Edited by Adrian Whittington & Nick Grey
South West Review – Spring 2015 

The Handbook of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Edited by Andrew E. Budson and Neil W. Kowall
South West Review – Summer 2014 

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of The Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety
Edited by Cecilia A. Essau & Thomas H. Ollendick
South West Review – Spring 2014

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

British Psychological Society (BPS):

  • Elected member – Professional Practice Board
  • BPS Board of Trustees
  • BPS Ethics board
  • Chair of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) - Policy and ethics lead

 Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC):

  •  HCPC Fitness to Practice – Panel Member
  • Investigative Committee Panel Member - practitioner psychologist

Associate editor - Counselling Psychology Review

Reviewer for Qualitative Psychology and other journals specialising in counselling psychology

External examiner - Viva Voce - University of Teesside and City University, London