Staff Profile


Mrs Nicola Kelly

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Tunbridge Wells

Tel: 01227 927089

Profile summary

I have been a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Therapies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy since 2010 (supervising here since 2009).  In combination with this, I have a private cognitive behavioural therapy practice.  I am accredited as a therapist, supervisor and trainer with the BABCP.

Historically I worked for the NHS, initially as a mental health nurse, before combining this with CBT.  This NHS work involved over 4 years working in acute inpatient wards, including detoxification (from alcohol and drugs) and over 10 years in a primary care setting (a University-based GP Practice).  The age group of clients I have worked with ranges between 16 and 80 and covers the full range of mental health difficulties, from mild to severe and from acute to chronic.

Currently I am part of the team responsible for teaching on the High Intensity CBT Programme at Salomons.  I am involved in writing and delivering lectures and practical skills workshops on our BABCP Level 2 accredited course, as well as being a personal tutor and course supervisor on the programme.  In 2016 I completed an MSc in CBT, with my research focusing on what elements of CBT Supervision participants consider effective.  In the same year, I gained the University Certificate in Academic Practice, gaining Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

My particular areas of interest include supervision and working with clients who have obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, social phobia and blood-injury/needle phobia.

Research and knowledge exchange

In 2016 I completed a small study about supervision in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy using a mixture of thematic analysis and an Adapted Delphi Poll.  It looked at what elements of CBT Supervision supervisors and supervisees on a CBT training programme rate as being most helpful. 

Teaching and subject expertise

I have expertise in teaching within subject areas within the field of mental health, including risk assessment/management and, in particular, in the area of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for a wide range of anxiety disorders and depression.  I am also particularly interested in clinical (and specifically CBT) supervision, having focused on this area for my research in 2016.

Since 2010 I have taught cohorts ranging in size from 20 to 60, as well as small group supervision (2's and 3's) and therefore have experience in using a variety of teaching methods to engage groups of different sizes and for different purposes (for example facilitating practical skills workshops vs lectures including a number of interactive elements).

I am an accredited member of the BABCP (psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer) as well as a registered mental health nurse.

External activities

I was a founding member of the BABCP Supervision Special Interest Group (SIG) and was both Secretary and Treasurer on its committee until 2016.  This involved organising national workshops focused on the area of CBT Supervision, as this is an area that had been underrepresented within CPD events.  


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