Nicola Vanlint Psychotherapist / CBT & EMDR Counsellor
About Me  

We all have a story

I was introduced to counselling through my own experience of encountering the horror of panic attacks.


I felt stunned and alarmed. I thought I was content with my life? I loved my career as a fashion stylist, out of nowhere my life was turned upside down. I became frightened of being in crowds and confined spaces. All of this fear and panic entered my life literally overnight.

Read more about my personal journey in Happiful Magazine. 

The transition from fashion stylist to counsellor may seem contrasting but in fact, creativeness is essential to both. The process of creativity, whether it is painting, sculpture, writing a short story or composing a song is, in my mind, a similar process to therapy. Both begin with an idea, experience, thought or feeling which is explored, developed and continued to be explored until there is a sense of resolution.

Essentially the relationship between counsellor and client is a creative collaboration. Both client and therapist test ideas and explore themes. Through allowing our minds to wander, we are being creative, expressive and valuing our own thoughts without the censorship that we can sometimes adopt through societal views about what we should think, feel or say. This is what will often lead to discoveries and eventually positive therapeutic change.

EMDR Part I, Part II, Part III and IV
Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment Based Theory
Postgraduate Certificate in Attachment Based Theory
Higher Professional Dip Counselling – BACP accredited course
NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory – BACP accredited course
Introduction to Counselling – BACP accredited course
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Certificate in Polyvagal Informed Therapy

Continual Professional Development
Certificate in Life Coaching – GROW Model
Certificate in Freedom Technique (EFT)
Certificate in the Science of Flow
Certificate in The Play Zone
Accredited Diploma in Flow State
Accredited Diploma in Positive Psychology
Accredited Certificate in Neuroplasticity

Training consultant, Greenwich Mind
Crisis counsellor, telephone counsellor, Greenwich Mind
Volunteer and employee at Mind working with service users for 13 years
Author and speaker at the BACP Research Conference 2008 (Dissociative Identity Disorder)
Private practice Est in 2008

BACP Accredited
I have been deemed by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy to meet the standard of a competent, ethical and independent practitioner

Ongoing Training
In addition, I am committed to continuing professional development (CPD). This means that I am always modernising my skills and knowledge by attending regular training modules, conferences and workshops.

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