© 2018 Dr Nicholas Cook. 

I am a Psychologist who provides…

 

Individual treatment for adults.

I specialise in treating adults with complex presentations especially concerning drug and alcohol problems and co-occurring difficulties such as stress, depression and anxiety.   More than anything though I've seen how stress at work can be a precursor to problem drinking.   So if you feel you're experiencing that sort of problem then do please contact me because prevention really is better that the cure.   Maybe you've already gone some way towards addressing your difficulties and are now  considering making real changes, but how and in what way?   That's where therapy comes in.   This isn't something that's done to you; it's a shared collaborative experience between the therapist, who can provide an objective and empathic perspective, and the client, who is the only real expert on their own experience.   I have helped many people in a straightforward and structured way to achieve their goals; whether that's coping with stress and anxiety, being free from depression or getting on top of their drinking.   So, whether you are right at the start of the process of change or have already taken several positive steps towards the changes you want, I have something to offer

Assessment and reporting for employers.

If you are the manager responsible for dealing with a colleague who is suffering from the effects of alcohol, stress at work, anxiety or depression then where do you start?   How do you assess the various treatments?  How do you assess progress?.   What can you say about the prognosis?   In short, what's your plan?  Every employer wants to do the right thing but making that happen can be daunting; give me a call and I can talk you through the options

Cognitive therapy.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as the most effective mode of treatment for the kind of problems I've outlined.   Cognitive behavioural therapy is an effective structured approach that gives you concrete tools to change the way you think, feel and behave.   Underlying cognitive therapy is the idea that behavioural intentions are affected by the thoughts and beliefs held by the individual.   CBT will help to teach you a set of skills that enable the recognition of thoughts underling your intentions, evaluate those thoughts more realistically and to change your behaviour accordingly.

I am a Psychologist who is...

 

 

A Chartered Psychologist

I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

I am a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council.

My doctoral professional training was at London Metropolitan University prior to which I gained a degree in chemistry and a masters degree in psychology at UCL Institute of Education.   I studied computing at the University of Oxford.

I am a member of the Medical Council on Alcohol.

Experienced

I have worked for the past ten years with people suffering from alcohol and drug problems as well as their common co conspirators stress, anxiety and depression in both the NHS and third sector organisations.   Before training as a psychologist I spent 20 years working in senior positions at major financial institutions.   These combined experiences, I believe, give me both an insight to and empathy with individuals whose coping strategies fail to adapt to stressful challenges in the workplace and in their private life.