Nicole M Castellani, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Nicole M Castellani

London NW6 English, French
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Nicole M Castellani, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Nicole M Castellani

London NW6 English, French
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My Approach

I have over twenty years experience providing a safe space in which to explore difficulties and identify ways of moving forward. We are all faced with difficult struggles and emotions at times in our lives, but some leave us feeling trapped and unable to see a way forward; I will help you make sense of your difficulties and help you to find a way forward. Each person is unique and I draw on several approaches to find the best way to work with my clients.
I am currently working both on line and face to face. I offer both short term and long term psychotherapy/counselling. Please do check my website as I work with many issues.

About Me

I have twenty years experience working as an integrative counsellor/psychotherapist. I am based in West Hampstead/Kilburn Currently I am working on line as well as seeing clients face to face. My professional training and my own life experience means that I will be able to help effectively with a wide range of issues. I welcome clients from diverse backgrounds and I aim to provide therapy which meets the needs of each individual . As your therapist I will engage you as a person rather than a set of symptoms. My aim is to help you live your life more fully, making changes or coming to terms with difficult dilemmas. I will offer you a safe space in which to explore your thoughts , ideas, and feelings. I am an integrative psychotherapist, which means I can work with a wide set of therapies rather than a fixed approach. This means that I will be able to tailor the therapy to your needs and that we will discuss together what works best for you. This open approach means that the relationship between client and therapist is as important as the therapy itself. I believe that healthy relationships in our lives are crucial to our well being.
An initial consultation does not mean any commitment to therapy; its an opportunity to meet an explore what is troubling you and see if we can work together. As well as my training as a therapist I worked in a residential treatment centre for addictions for sixteen years. I was also involved for 8 years in co ordinating a project for domestic abuse working with survivors of domestic violence of both gender. I work with many issues so do check my web site.
I have completed the UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance course.

I work with

  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I worked in a residential treatment for addiction for 16 years. This has helped me to understand dependency and the root of its causes. My belief is that addiction is an adoptive response to unwanted negative feelings and a search for a resolution and an escape from an emotional wound. I can help you to examine the problems that this has been causing pain in your life, by looking at past present and difficulties. Our goal working together is to restore you to healthy functioning and enable you to have better relationships with others and with yourself. I will help you to gain a better understanding of yourself, and help you to develop some strategies for maintaining sobriety.
Anxiety can be crippling. Are you feeling down, do you feel as if life is getting on top of you? Are you fed up with the same old problems repeating themselves in your life? Would you like to make changes but are unsure how? There are many people who experience anxiety and panic from time to time . Most people can relate to feeling tense, uncertain, and even fearful. Perhaps this may be the thought of sitting an exam , going to hospital, starting a new job, being made redundant, feeling lonely or being single. These worries can affect your sleep, your appetite, your ability to concentrate. If you worry more than others it could be because of your personality, your sensitive nature, current circumstances or past childhood experiences. If these feelings are overwhelming, then therapy can help you. I have been working with stress, anxiety and depression for many years. With your co operation I can help you get your life back to being manageable. Together we can challenge your negative self beliefs and assumptions about yourself and encourage you to follow your dreams. I can help you to understand and manage your anxieties. I can help you to confront and tolerate your fears by helping you to understand where your anxiety originates from and help you to create a new perspective on things. Relaxation and mindfulness techniques can help you relax and break the cycle. Together we can look at your negative thinking patterns and reframe them in a more positive and healthy framework for better living, This can lead to a more positive future. Therapy can help you to make that change happen.
Depression is a deep unpleasant feeling of emptiness and despair that can last a long time. The feeling can make it difficult to function in every day life as you have been use to doing. There are things that you once enjoyed and people round you that you once loved, that no longer interest you. The symptoms of depression may cause extreme tiredness and exhaustion. These feeling often make you anxious s as well. You may ask yourself if you can cope with life. There are many factors that contribute to depression : loneliness, loss, recent stressful experiences, painful childhood issues, trauma, abuse, difficult situations at work, lack of support, financial strain, alcohol and dug abuse. Let me help you work through and understand the roots and causes of your depression. This will help you to understand the way you feel and what you can do to feel better. I have been working successfully with depression and anxiety for many years.
I have 8 years experience as co ordinating a service for domestic abuse. I can offer a specialist support for people of all genders experiencing domestic abuse or who are still experiencing the effects of it. The therapy can help you to reflect on your situation more clearly. It can help you to explore your feelings in a safe environment with a therapist who will not judge you or tell you what to do. It will help you to consider your options in order to help you regain control over your life and to make your own decisions. It will help you to keep physically and emotionally safe. Domestic violence is the emotional, verbal, physical, financial and /or sexual; it is abuse that happens between adults who have been or are in a relationship together, or between family members regardless of gender or sexuality. It can be very subtle and taking the first step by having therapy can lead to change and empowerment.
I have for many years worked with survivors of sexual abuse and , both individually and facilitating survivors groups. Abuse may have been experienced as an adult or as a child. Those who have experienced abuse or sexual violence and trauma wether sexual, physical, emotional or mental often feel guilty and shameful and feel and think that it is their fault. They often keep their abuse a secret. In order to do this thy often distance themselves from others, and by doing this affect every part of their lives. My aim in the therapy is to listen and support you and to go at your own pace. It will also examine the assumptions that you may have about yourself as the result of the trauma. I will support you to shed some guilt and shame, blame, worthlessness and depression that this trauma has caused. You can experience a safe and supportive space in which to share some thoughts and feelings about ourself.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Transpersonal Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Sex Problems
  • Stress

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy

London Office

Yi Dao Clinic
61 Mill Lane
London NW6 1NB

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London Office

West Hampstead Rooms
8, Hampstead West
224, Iverson Road
London NW6 2HL

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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Nicole M Castellani

Nicole M Castellani

London NW6

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