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Dr Helen Nicholas

Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855 470

Counselling Psychologist       
PsychD, CPsychol, AFBPsS       
BPS Chartered psychologist
HCPC registered practitioner psychologist

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


BSc Counselling Psychology
Module leader - Professional and Ethical issues in Counselling Psychology
Introduction to Counselling psychology
Module leader - Transitions through the lifespan
Interpersonal communication processes and skills


Counselling psychology
Older adults
Neurodegenerative diseases - Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease
Personality traits
Lifespan development
Work-life balance

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

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




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

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.

Jones Nielsen, J.D. and Nicholas, H. (2016). Counselling Psychology in the United Kingdom. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(2), 206-224.
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)

 Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC):

  •  HCPC Fitness to Practice – Panel Member

Reviewer for the Counselling Psychology Review

Reviewer for Qualitative Psychology