Nicola Gilderthorp BA(Hons), MSc, C.Psychol, MBPsS

Nicola is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Registered Forensic/Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has over 14 years' experience in conducting psychological assessments and delivering interventions.

Nicola studied Psychology and French at Lancaster University and graduated with a 2:1 classification Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in 2004, following which she commenced working for a specialist provider of care for young males who have suffered significant trauma and who have subsequently sexually harmed. Nicola continued to work for this organisation until 2018, during which time she undertook various roles and progressed from Assistant Psychologist to becoming a qualified Forensic Psychologist.

Nicola completed an MSc in Forensic Psychology at the University of Surrey in 2006 and was awarded the Qualification in Forensic Psychology by the British Psychological Society in 2017.

Nicola has significant experience in designing, evaluating and conducting interventions with children and adolescents with complex and diverse needs, as well as in undertaking assessments required to identify treatment needs and risk issues. Nicola has also undertaken research, presented at national conferences and contributed towards published written work. In addition, Nicola has provided training to university students and other professionals and has supervised colleagues with varying levels of experience and training in differing disciplines.

Nicola maintains active clinical practice within a range of contexts including assessment and therapy with children and adolescents who have sexually harmed; assessment and therapy for children and adolescents who have been affected by psychological trauma and she is also involved in delivering lectures on topics associated with Forensic Psychology at a UK University. Nicola works clinically in the assessment, treatment and management of children and adolescents presenting with behavioural difficulties, mental disorders and offending behaviour risks. Nicola has also recently become active in undertaking risk assessments of adult offenders with a history of violent and sexual offences.

Alongside her work with PSUK, Nicola works independently with various organisations, providing assessments and therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents who are experiencing the effects of early trauma and attachment difficulties and are displaying associated behavioural difficulties. This involves a particular focus on working with children and adolescents who are considered at risk of, or who have, or are alleged to have committed a criminal offence