Paul Nicholson, Course Director

Paul Nicholson

Course Director

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.

Current Teaching

  • 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

Research Interests

Paul has been involved in qualitative research investigating how life and professional experiences influence the practice of long standing therapists.

Paul Nicholson, Course Director

Selected Outputs

  • Charlesworth B; Nicholson P (2014) Relational Therapy:Defining the Therapeutic Relationship. In: Charura D; Paul S ed. The Therapeutic Relationship Handbook: Theory and Practice. Maidenhead Berks: Open University Press, pp. 87-98.

  • Nicholson PE (2015) Intuition and intent: Linking life experience to use of self in practice. In: SELF IN THERAPY’ AN EXPLORATION INTO THE ‘SELF’ IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, 12 May 2015.

  • Nicholson PE; charlesworth B (2014) Life after combat: the veteran and psychological well being issues, towards 2050. In: BPS NEEB regional conference., 12 September 2014, Northumbria University.

  • Nicholson PE (2013) It's only words: Language and meaning in therapy. In: ‘WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?’ AN EXPLORATION INTO ‘WHAT WORKS’ IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY, 21 May 2013, Leeds Metropolitan University.