Research at Leeds Beckett
About Paul Nicholson
Paul Nicholson is a BACP accredited relational psychotherapist, training supervisor, senior lecturer and course leader. He has worked in mental health since 1997 and as a therapist in the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice since 2005.
Paul has worked as a therapist and educator in a variety of settings, working with children, adolescents and adults in educational, psychiatric and learning disability organisations. Working as a lecturer from 2010, Paul enjoys creating and delivering courses that integrate theory with experiential work and is passionate about ensuring that the training we provide our students prepares them for life in the workplace as accurately as possible.
Paul particularly enjoys working with groups in developing their understanding of the complex and subtle nature of competent therapeutic skills.
His main theoretical focus is in how the actions involved in therapy may be interpreted and labelled differently by conflicting styles and approaches yet often have common themes which can be enlightening, instructive and integrated into one's practice.
Underlying all of his work is a keen interest in how the way we all make sense of events, our life experience and each other relates to how we understand why therapy works. As a result he has previously written about relational therapy and how life experience impacts on counselling practice.
In 2016 He became a Fellow with the Higher Education Academy.
- Certificate HE in counselling and interpersonal skills
- Course Leader
- Module leader - introduction to counselling skills
- PG certificate in interpersonal and counselling skills
- Module leader - Theory and practice of interpersonal and counselling skills
- Module leader - Personal and professional awareness and development
- Module tutor - Reflective Practice
- HE & PG Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Module Leader - Therapeutic skills
- Module tutor - Process and supervision
- Module tutor - Becoming a therapist
Paul has been involved in qualitative research investigating how life and professional experiences influence the practice of long standing therapists.
Journal articles (1)
- Nicholson PE; Charura D (2013), The therapeutic relationship: buzz phrase or essence of success?. Addiction today, vol. 24 (140)
- Charlesworth B; Nicholson P (2014) Relational Therapy:Defining the Therapeutic Relationship. In: Charlesworth B; Nicholson P The Therapeutic Relationship Handbook: Theory and Practice. Maidenhead Berks: Open University Press, pp. 87-98.
Conference contributions (3)
- Nicholson PE (2015) Intuition and intent: Linking life experience to use of self in practice. 20150512. : .
- Nicholson PE; charlesworth B (2014) Life after combat: the veteran and psychological well being issues, towards 2050. Northumbria University 20140912. : .
- Nicholson PE (2013) It's only words: Language and meaning in therapy. Leeds Metropolitan University 20130521. : .