Nicole Burleigh is integrative psychotherapist at Nightingale Hospital in London

Nicole Burleigh

Integrative Psychotherapist, Eating Disorders, General Psychiatry

Professional qualifications:

Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney)
Diploma in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders (NCFED – BPS approved training)
Certificate in Psychology (Birkbeck College, University of London)

My professional experience:

I am a qualified individual and group psychotherapist and graduated in 2010 in Australia. I subsequently worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team at a psychiatric hospital in Sydney, with clients’ struggling with addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, co-dependence and dual diagnosis. My experience there included co-facilitation of the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) program, managing the family program, facilitation of group therapy and psycho-educational groups including specifically for clients’ with eating disorders. I returned to England and worked at Life Works, a private treatment centre in Surrey where I was the lead eating disorder therapist, responsible for the development of the eating disorder program and providing training to colleagues. In addition, I facilitated group therapy and psycho-educational workshops for clients’ with addiction and dual diagnosis. I currently have my own private practice in central London, work as a consultant eating disorder therapist at Start2Stop, London and have recently joined the Nightingale Hospital as a group and individual therapist.

I have a special interest in the area of eating disorders and co-dependency issues and have had specific training in these areas. I am currently in my final year of a Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy.

My personal statement:

My therapeutic approach is fundamentally grounded in humanistic and existential psychology and informed by psychodynamic, attachment and family systems theories. I utilise cognitive behavioural aspects, notably “third wave” CBT and DBT skills with emphasis on mindfulness, acceptance and compassion. When working with addiction I also incorporate the 12 Step Minnesota model. I offer a non-judgemental, confidential space for individuals to explore their struggles and work collaboratively, tailoring the therapy according to the specific needs of each person. My approach is holistic, taking into consideration the emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, social and cultural aspects of the individual.

At the heart of my practice though, I believe the strength of individual therapy lies in the quality of the therapeutic relationship itself. I encourage curiosity and exploration of meaning attributed to thoughts, feelings and experience and how this influences the person’s relationship with themselves, with others and the world they inhabit. Through gaining insight and self-awareness in the “here and now” of the therapeutic relationship, the person is able to experiment with different ways of relating, enabling them to make informed choices rather than reactive responses and to transfer the insight gained in therapy to their life and relationships.

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