NuStart Therapeutic Services LtdPsychological Services for Children & Adolescents
Woking, Surrey

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Nicola Gilderthorp BA(Hons) MSc CPsychol

About Me

I am a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Youth Mental Health First Aider experienced in working with children and adolescents who present with diverse and complex needs. I have significant experience in designing, evaluating and conducting interventions with children and adolescents who have suffered long term trauma, abuse and neglect as well as in undertaking assessments required to identify treatment needs and risk issues.

I have significant experience providing assessments and therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents who are considered at risk of, or who have, or are alleged to have committed a criminal offence and in particular those who have been responsible for harmful sexual behaviour.

I am a naturally supportive individual who has excellent listening skills and who is motivated by improving outcomes for young people who have suffered significant adversity through increasing their sense of wellbeing and, where relevant, reducing their risk of recidivism.

My Approach

I am a committed, reliable and caring practitioner and I place a significant emphasis on developing positive collaborative working relationships with the people that I work with. I use a variety of evidence-based treatment models based on the needs of each individual. At our initial meeting, we will discuss the difficulties that you are seeking help with and what your goals are with respect to therapy. We will then decide upon the approach that will be most suitable to adopt.

The main models I use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR); Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and interventions based on Theraplay® principles.

Difficulties I currently work with include:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Mood difficulties (e.g. depression)
Anxiety disorders (e.g. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD); social anxiety)
Self-harming behaviours
Low self-esteem
Emotional and behavioural self-regulation difficulties (e.g. aggression; conduct problems; anxiety; social withdrawal)
Attachment issues
Harmful sexual behaviour
Working with children and adolescents who are considered ‘at risk of’ or who are involved in the criminal justice system


Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2), British Psychological Society
MSc Forensic Psychology, University of Surrey
BA(Hons) Psychology & French, Lancaster University

Registration and Professional Membership

I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Division of Forensic Psychology
I am a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Specialist Training

CBT Boot Camp: Building Core Clinical Competencies, with Christine Padesky.
Anxiety Traps! CBT Antidotes, with Christine Padesky.
Understanding Trauma and Attachment, with The Annex Project.
Assessing Attachment & Dealing with Attachment Disorder, with Professor Dorota Iwaniec.
Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy & Parenting. Level One: Introducing a framework for therapy and parenting developmentally traumatised children.
Level One Theraplay® & Marschak Interaction Method.
Parts 1; 2 and 3 EMDR Europe Accredited Training.
Working with Vulnerable Teenagers: Addressing Substance Misuse, Self-Harm and Suicide, with British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN).
Restorative Justice Facilitators Training Programme, with Thames Valley Police and Bracknell Youth Offending Service.
MEGA♪ (Multiplex Empirically Guided Inventory of Ecological Aggregates) Specialised Risk Assessment Training Assessing Sexually Abusive Youth, with L.C. Miccio-Fonseca.
Essential Supervision Skills, with Paul Grantham.


Gilderthorp, N., Whittaker., M & Dunn, J. (2011). 'Past Caring? Issues of Attachment and Mental Health for Young People who have Displayed Harmful Sexual Behaviour. Published in Calder, M (2011). Contemporary Practice with young people who sexually abuse. Evidence-based developments. Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing.

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