Psychological Assessment and Therapy Service
Nixon Psychology is a clinical psychology service based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. We are Chartered Clinical Psychologists and registered members of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS). We have significant experience in working across all age ranges (adults and young people) and providing psychological assessment, formulation and therapy to clients suffering from a wide range of psychological difficulties, including depression/ low mood, anxiety, eating difficulties, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and trauma. We use a variety of different psychological approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. Our aim is to work alongside clients in a confidential, compassionate, empathetic, and collaborative way to better understand the psychological difficulties they are facing and to identify and support the best possible resolution and recovery from these challenges.
We see people with difficulties in the following areas:
- Eating and weight related difficulties
- Obsessive Compulise disorder (OCD)
- Depression or low mood
- Anxiety or phobias
- Social difficulties
- Interpersonal & personality-related difficulties
- Relationship difficulties
Dr Hayley Nixon, Clinical Psychologist
As well as my varied work in private practice, I currently work for the NHS with adults with complex needs, who have experienced interpersonal and relational difficulties, many of whom have been subjected to trauma in their early lives. I have significant previous experience (as the clinical lead in an eating disorder clinic) with adults and young people with eating disorders and related difficulties (for example depression, anxiety, OCD).I have a further postdoctoral diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and I am a registered CAT practitioner with the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).
I provide clinical supervision to other professionals and deliver training programmes to the Criminal Justice Service.
Dr Helen Wilkinson, Clinical Psychologist
I have experience working across the age span with a wide variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, and interpersonal difficulties. I utilise a variety of therapeutic approaches including schema therapy, CBT, and CAT. I believe in tailoring the therapeutic approach to best meet the needs of the client to ensure that therapy is individualised and collaborative.
Alongside my private work I also work within the NHS with adults who are experiencing complex and enduring mental health and interpersonal difficulties. As part of this role I provide individual and group therapy in addition to consultation, teaching/ training and supervision to other multidisciplinary colleagues.
If you decide you would like to see one of our team, we recommend a brief (no charge) talk over the phone (around 15 minutes) to help us find out a bit about what you are struggling with and what you hope to change. We will then be able to agree together whether therapy might be able to help and whether this is the right time for you. There are no obligations following this call but should you decide you would like to proceed, we can arrange an appointment that suits us both. We offer day time, evening and weekend appointments.
The initial session(s) aim to understand your needs, your reasons for coming and areas you are hoping to make changes in. By the end of these sessions we expect to have a clear psychological understanding of your strengths, patterns of behaviour relating to yourself and others, difficulties and hopes for therapy. Having established your needs and goals, we will think about whether therapy would be helpful, explore options for treatment and if relevant, agree how many sessions we both feel would be appropriate. The initial stage does not commit you to ongoing therapy if you feel it is not for you or that you are not ready at that time.
Once we have agreed on a plan, we will, where possible, meet on a weekly basis at the same time and day and each session will last for 50 minutes. It is possible to meet less frequently depending on your needs and ability to attend.
It is hoped that at the end of therapy you have learnt the necessary understanding, skills and tools to become your own therapist in the future.
During our therapy we will regularly review whether our initial thoughts about the length of therapy is still appropriate. Based on that we might reduce or increase the number of sessions but this will be agreed together.
- No charge – initial telephone call (15 minutes)
- Fees are £105 per session (50 minutes)
We see clients who fund sessions themselves and those covered by their private medical/ health insurance. We are registered with a number of healthcare companies (such as BUPA, AXA, WPA, Vitality). If you are insured by a company not mentioned do let us know during our initial conversation because we can then look into registering with that company.
You will be invoiced at the end of every month for the agreed sessions that month and can pay by bank transfer or cheque.
Appointments cancelled by phone or email more than two working days beforehand are not charged. Cancellations less than two working days notice, or non attendance, will be charged at the full rate because it is difficult to offer the appointment to another client.