Nicola Mitchell has over 20 years’ experience of working with children, adolescents and adults as a professionally qualified social worker, accredited psychotherapist, and psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies (BSS, CQSW) from Trinity College Dublin in 1994. Since then she has worked as a child protection social worker, and as a medical social worker in a children’s hospital working primarily with children and their families with a diagnosis of life limiting or life threatening illnesses. Much of Nicola’s work was supporting families through loss, anticipatory grief and grief after bereavement.
Nicola is a professionally qualified psychotherapist and has worked as a Bereavement Counsellor for children and adolescents for over a decade with a national children’s charity. She worked for a number of years as a Bereavement Counsellor with families bereaved by suicide and more recently as a Student Counsellor with third level university students.
Nicola also has a Higher Diploma in Psychology (H Dip Psych) from UCD achieving a first class honours, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Psychology (MSc App Psych) (TCD) achieving the award of distinction. Nicola’s research dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level were both in the area of bereaved parents with no surviving children. Nicola is currently in the final year of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in Trinity College Dublin. She works primarily from psychodynamic and attachment perspectives but also incorporates CBT as well as other modalities into therapeutic interventions. Nicola maintains a keen interest in areas related to attachment, loss, trauma, suicide and murder-suicide