Nicola Gilderthorp

BA(Hons), MSc, CPsychol

Chartered Forensic Psychologist

CBT, ACT, Mindfulness & DDP

About Me

I am a Chartered Forensic Psychologist experienced in working with children and adolescents who present with diverse and complex needs. I have significant experience in designing, evaluating and conducting interventions with children and adolescents who have suffered long term trauma, abuse and neglect as well as in undertaking assessments required to identify treatment needs and risk issues.

I specialise in assisting children and adolescents who are experiencing the effects of early trauma and attachment difficulties and are displaying associated behavioural difficulties. I have significant experience providing assessments and therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents who are considered at risk of, or who are (alleged) to have committed a criminal offence and in particular those who have been responsible for harmful sexual behaviour.

I am a naturally supportive individual who has excellent listening skills and who is motivated by improving outcomes for young people who have suffered significant adversity through increasing their sense of wellbeing and, where relevant, reducing their risk of recidivism.

My Approach

I am a committed, reliable and caring practitioner and I place a significant emphasis on developing positive collaborative working relationships with the people that I work with. I am passionate about offering a safe and non-judgemental space in which difficulties and experiences can be explored sensitively. I am flexible in my approach and work holistically and creatively. I use a variety of evidence-based treatment models based on the needs of each individual. At our initial meeting, we will discuss the difficulties that you are seeking help with and what your goals are with respect to therapy. We will then decide upon the approach that will be most suitable to adopt.

The main models I use are: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

Difficulties I currently work with include:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Mood difficulties (e.g. depression)
  • Anxiety disorders (e.g. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD); social anxiety)
  • Self-harming behaviours
  • Low self-esteem
  • Emotional and behavioural self-regulation difficulties (e.g. aggression; conduct problems; anxiety; social withdrawal)
  • Attachment issues
  • Dissociation
  • Harmful sexual behaviour
  • Working with children and adolescents who are considered ‘at risk of’ or who are involved in the criminal justice system

 

Qualifications

Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2), British Psychological Society

MSc Forensic Psychology, University of Surrey

BA(Hons) Psychology & French, Lancaster University

Registration and Professional Membership

I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Division of Forensic Psychology

I am a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Specialist Training

CBT Boot Camp: Building Core Clinical Competencies, with Christine Padesky.

Anxiety Traps! CBT Antidotes, with Christine Padesky.

Understanding Trauma and Attachment, with The Annex Project.

Assessing Attachment & Dealing with Attachment Disorder, with Professor Dorota Iwaniec.

Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy & Parenting. Level One: Introducing a framework for therapy and parenting developmentally traumatised children.

Working with Vulnerable Teenagers: Addressing Substance Misuse, Self-Harm and Suicide, with British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN).

Restorative Justice Facilitators Training Programme, with Thames Valley Police and Bracknell Youth Offending Service.

MEGA♪ (Multiplex Empirically Guided Inventory of Ecological Aggregates) Specialised Risk Assessment Training Assessing Sexually Abusive Youth, with L.C. Miccio-Fonseca.

Essential Supervision Skills, with Paul Grantham.

Publication

Gilderthorp, N., Whittaker., M & Dunn, J. (2011). ‘Past Caring? Issues of Attachment and Mental Health for Young People who have Displayed Harmful Sexual Behaviour. Published in Calder, M (2011). Contemporary Practice with young people who sexually abuse. Evidence-based developments. Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing.

Clinic Location

I work in Woking, Surrey. My clinic is a short distance from the town centre, which is well served by trains and buses.