Dr Nicole Rossotti

Dr Nicole Rossotti

Dr Nicole Rossotti has been passionate about increasing clients’ satisfaction and fulfilment through psychological therapy for more than thirty years (over twenty years in England, and a decade in South Australia).  She guides clients in a context of compassion and understanding to reduce distress arising from relationships and work, and improve the quality of their relationships with themselves.

In England, Nicole was generally located in hospital settingsShe worked in liaison with general practitioners and consultant psychiatrists predominantly with outpatients, but also with day patients and in-patients.  She was a consultant Clinical Psychologist in Britain’s National Health Service for ten years, working with adults and heading a clinical psychology service for older people. Prior to that, she combined specialist responsibilities for forensic psychological services with general adult mental health referrals. Additional areas of expertise were developed in depression through her Master’s thesis, and trust and dependency through her doctoral research. She supervised placements for trainee clinical psychologists from three London universities, and jointly planned and taught the module on older people at the University of Hertfordshire.  She contributed regularly to conferences and publications.

Since starting work in Adelaide in 2006, Nicole has held positions as a Clinical Psychologist in three Divisions of General Practice, in addition to which she has been in private practice since 2009.  She was also a tutor for the Master’s of Counselling course at the University of South Australia.

Nicole’s practice draws on a variety of theoretical frameworks.  Her original training as a personal construct psychotherapist continues to influence her to listen acceptingly to the ways in which clients understand themselves and their experiences.  Treatment plans are consequently developed on the basis of agreed understanding.  She also draws on a wide range of principles and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness according to the personality and presentation of each specific client.  She began her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in London.  EMDR is well validated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other forms of trauma and has benefited the majority of clients referred to her with chronic pain.  She has a deep interest in contemporary developments in neuroscience and also incorporates them into her understanding and dialogue with clients.

Areas of Work

Clinical Psychology

Nicole sees late adolescents and adults, including older people, for issues including the following:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias, specific phobias
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress, including work-related stress
  • Anger management

 

Treatment Approaches

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness
  • Personal Construct Counselling and Psychotherapy (PCP)

 

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (City University, London, 1999)
  • Master’s Social Sciences (Clinical Psychology, University of Hong Kong, 1982)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, High Honors, University of Indiana, USA, 1977)
  • Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society