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Hello

Nicole is a Social worker and Systemic Practitioner with 9 years’ experience working in CAMHS and Local Authority. Her area of interest is parenting support, working with parents/carers who are feeling stuck in their journey towards being the family and/or parent they wanted to be. 

Qualifications 

Nicole is a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England. Nicole has completed the first two years in Systemic Family Therapy and qualified systemic practitioner. She is qualified to level 2 in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Nicole has also completed the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) course specialising in Parent Training- Incredible Years.  

Training 

Nicole has completed training in parenting programmes including Incredible Years (2-8 years) and Strengthening Families (10-14 years). Nicole is a certified NVR practitioner to advanced level and NVR clinical supervisor. Nicole has completed courses in various therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT). Nicole has been trained to deliver parent groups as well as individual parent/family support.  

Skills and Experience 

Nicole has worked in both adult and children’s services across the past 9 years. Upon qualifying as a social worker Nicole worked with adults in the local authority before moving to work with the Local Support Team/Early Help Team working with families. Nicole then went on to complete her IAPT training and started working with a local NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service as CAMHS Practitioner.  

Nicole specialises in family and parenting support. Nicole works with parents to identify patterns of behaviour/escalation within the family system. Nicole is particularly interested in how individuals each influence each other within different settings and helps parents/carers explore their thoughts and feelings in relation to a child or a difficulty within the family. Nicole feels that it is impossible for a parent to feel positive about their child 100% of the time, feelings of anger and frustration are natural and Nicole strives to create a safe space where these thoughts and feelings can be explored.  

When working together Nicole strives to work alongside parents/carers to identify their strengths, think about their goals and identify what they want to be different. Nicole brings her knowledge to the table and alongside parent/carer knowledge and experience she hopes to support families to reconnect to that vision of who they wanted to be and identify the steps to get there. Likewise, if parents do not have an idea of goals or what parent/person they want to be then she will work together with the family to figure it out. 

Nicole is a warm, approachable and thoughtful practitioner who can challenge families in a safe and containing way to introduce new or different ways of thinking. Nicole is able to facilitate challenging and complex discussions with families and professional networks in a sensitive and inclusive way. Nicole has a particular quote by Nelson Mandela that she feels is an important message to hold onto within her practice:

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”

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