Dr Nicola Walker

Staff details

Dr Nicola Walker


Lecturer in CBT


Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies


nicola.walker (@gold.ac.uk)

Group CBT, Group Psychotherapy, Teaching and Learning in CBT.

Nicola is a Mental Health Nurse, Couples Counsellor, Psychosexual Therapist, Group Analyst and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. Clinical expertise in eating disorders and personality disorders.

Nicola is a BABCP accredited practitioner, trainer and supervisor in CBT, and senior fellow of Advance HE.

Academic qualifications

  • Doctorate in Health and Social Care Practice - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 2020
  • Pg. Certificate Clinical Supervision for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practice 2021
  • Qualified Group Analyst 2010
  • BSc. Psychotherapeutic Interventions - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 2003

Research interests

I was the Principal Investigator of a small research project: Group analyst/groupwork practitioner-facilitated self-practice/self-reflection groupwork in high-intensity cognitive behaviour therapist training: a feasibility study. The project was funded by a grant from the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA).

Publications and research outputs


Walker, Nicola; De Geeter, Davy; Anderson-Wallace, Murray; Bhurruth, Martin; Brooks, Frederica; Harding, Claudia; Davice-Bird, Jill; Fitzgerald, Christina; Jennings, Elaine and Collins, Catherine. 2024. Report of a small feasibility study involving group analysts and groupwork practitioners in facilitating self-practice/self-reflection groups in the training of cognitive behaviour therapists. Group Analysis, ISSN 0533-3164

Walker, Nicola and Hall, Sally. 2022. The initial design and programme theory for a new work-focused psychotherapeutic intervention to treat moderate-severe recurrent depression and enhance job retention. Mental Health Review Journal, 27(4), pp. 372-397. ISSN 1361-9322

Walker, Nicola; Vernon-Smith, Madeleine and Townend, Michael. 2021. A feasibility study of a novel work-focused relational group CBT treatment programme for moderate to severe recurrent depression. Mental Health Review Journal, 26(4), pp. 328-352. ISSN 1361-9322

Conference or Workshop Item

Walker, Nicola. 2022. 'What works in groupwork (Research symposium convenor)'. In: 2022 Annual Conference of the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies Therapies. Imperial College London, United Kingdom 20 - 23 July 2022.

Walker, Nicola and Mill, Joanne. 2021. '20 Top Tips for Planning and Running CBT Groups'. In: 2021 Annual Conference of the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies/European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies. Belfast, United Kingdom 8 - 11 September 2021.


Walker, Nicola; Gibson, Bernie; Emerson, Jonathan; De Geeter, Davy and Tolchard, Barry. 2024. SP/SR Groupwork project.

Professional projects

I am a founding member and current chair of the BABCP Special Interest Group in Group-CBT.