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About Dr Nikki Kiyimba

Dr Nikki Kiyimba is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MSc in Therapeutic Practice for Psychological Trauma. Nikki is also a lecturer and supervisor on the DProf Counselling/Psychological Trauma. She has been working as a Clinical Psychologist within the NHS for a number of years with a particular interest in working with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems, including personality disorder, psychosis, childhood trauma, dissociative disorders and PTSD.

She works using TF-CBT, EMDR, DBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, ACT, CFT and BRIEF solution-focused therapy. Nikki is also trained in EFT, Hypnosis, Access Bars, Reiki and Regression therapy and has a particular interest in working holistically with clients.

Nikki's qualifications are as follows: PhD, DClinPsy, AFBPS, HCPC


Nikki Is Programme Leader for, and teaches across all of the modules on the Therapeutic Practice for Psychological Trauma Masters course, as well as teaching on several modules on the Psychological Trauma Masters couse. Nikki also has teaching input onto the DProf programme, and supervises PhD, DProf and MSc dissertation students.

Current PhD/DProf Dissertations

  • Marian Crowley: “The Silencing of Self: Living Without Memory – The Experience of Dissociative Amnesia”.
  • Tina Royles: “A Discursive Analysis of the Dynamics Within Entrepreneurial Couple Relationships”
  • Kim Patel:” A longitudinal study of self-concept and its potential impact upon adjustment and acceptance in chronic non-specific lower back and pain.”
  • Coleen Swindon: “A mixed methods study of the impact of therapist self-disclosure relating to a similar shared experience IPA and DA”
  • Fiona Hill: "An auto-ethnographis study of taking a shamanic path in working with horses for human healing"
  • Joanne Benfied: "A grounded theory exploration of the needs of female survivors of trafficking for sexual exploitation , and the psychotherapists who work with them"


Nikki’s main interest is in qualitative research, particularly using discursive approaches to investigate therapeutic interactions.


  • Chartered Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Registered Practitioner with Complementary Medical Association (CMA)

Research Groups

  • CARA (University of Leicester) – Expert clinical panel
  • LIRA (University of Leicester) – Member of interdisciplinary research group

Professional Boards and Committees

  • Board Member for Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS). BPS & Royal College of Psychiatry.
  • Member of Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology. British Psychological Society: Accreditation through Partnership panel.

Editorial Board

  • Illness, Crisis and Loss. Sage Publishing

Published Work


Kiyimba, N., O'Reilly, M. & Lester, J. (in press). Using Naturally Occurring Data for Health Research.

O’Reilly, M. & Kiyimba, N. (2015). Advanced Issues in Qualitative Research. London: Sage.

O’Reilly, M. & Parker, N. (2014). Doing Mental Health Research with Children and Adolescents: A Guide to Qualitative Methods. London: Sage.

Book Chapters

Kiyimba, N. (2017). Trauma and Spiritual Growth, in Gubi, P. M. (Ed) Journeying further with psyche and soul: Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment in dialogue. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Kiyimba, N. (2016). Using Discourse and Conversation Analysis to Study Clinical Practice in Adult Mental Health. In The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health (pp. 45-63). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Kiyimba, N., & O’Reilly, M. (2016). The Value of Using Discourse and Conversation Analysis as Evidence to Inform Practice in Counselling and Therapeutic Interactions. The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health. London: Palgrave.

Kiyimba, N. (2015). The Value of Discourse Analysis: A Clinical Psychologist’s View. In M O’Reilly, & J Lester, (Eds). The Palgrave Handbook of child mental health; Discourse and conversation studies. London: Palgrave.

Kiyimba, N., & O’Reilly, M. (2015). Parents’ resistance of anticipated blame through alignment strategies: a discursive argument for temporary exclusion of children from family therapy. In M O’Reilly, and J Lester, (Eds). The Palgrave Handbook of child mental health; Discourse and conversation studies. London: Palgrave.

Journal Articles

Kiyimba, N., & O’Reilly, M. (2017). The clinical use of Subjective Units of Distress scales (SUDs) in child mental health assessments: a thematic evaluation. Journal of Mental Health, 1-6.

Kiyimba, N., & O'Reilly, M. (2017). Reflecting on what ‘you said’ as a way of reintroducing difficult topics in child mental health assessments. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

O'Reilly, M., Kiyimba, N., & Karim, K. (2016). “This is a question we have to ask everyone”: asking young people about self‐harm and suicide. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing23(8), 479-488.

Kiyimba, N., & O’Reilly, M. (2016). An exploration of the possibility for secondary traumatic stress among transcriptionists: a grounded theory approach. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 13(1), 92-108.

Kiyimba, N. (2016). Developmental Trauma and the Role of Epigenetics. BACP Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal.

Kiyimba, N., & O’Reilly, M. (2015). The risk of secondary traumatic stress in the qualitative transcription process: A research note. Qualitative Research

Parker, N. & O'Reilly, M. (2013) Reflections from behind the screen: avoiding therapeutic rupture when utilising reflecting teams.  The Family Journal: Counseling for Couples and Families, 21(2), 170-179.

Parker, N. & O'Reilly, M. (2013) 'We are alone in the house': A case study addressing researcher safety and risk.  Qualitative Research in Psychology, doi:10.1080/14780887.2011.64726.

Hutchby, I., O'Reilly, M. & Parker, N. (2013) Ethics in Praxis: Negotiating the Role and Functions of a Video Camera in Family Therapy.  Discourse Studies, 14(6), 675-690.

O'Reilly, M. & Parker, N. (2013) 'You can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink': Exploring children's engagement and resistance in family therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 35(3), 491-507.

O'Reilly, M. & Parker, N. (2013). 'Unsatisfactory Saturation': A critical exploration of the notion of saturated sample sizes in qualitative research. Qualitative Research, 13 (2), 190-197.

Parker, N. & O'Reilly, M. (2012). ‘Gossiping' as a social action in family therapy: The pseudo-absence and pseudo-presence of children. Discourse Studies, 14 (6) 1-19.

O'Reilly, M. & Parker, N. (2012) "She needs a smack in the gob": negotiating what is appropriate talk in front of children in family therapy. Journal of Family Therapy doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.2012.00595.

O'Reilly, M.; Parker, N. & Hutchby, I. (2011). Ongoing processes of managing consent: the empirical ethics of using video-recording in clinical practice and research. Clinical Ethics, 6, 179-185.

Parker, N. (2006) Kids coping with divorce. Learning for Life, November, 3.

Parker, N. (2003) Social Constructionist Psychology: Is Something Missing? International Journal of Critical Psychology. Review Article. Vol 1. (2) pp 169-176.

Conference Presentations

O’Reilly, M., Kiyimba, N., & Lester, J. (2017). Agenda setting with children using the three wishes technique. CACE International Meeting on Conversation Analysis and Clinical Encounters, Bristol, UK.

Kiyimba, N. (2016). Sexual trauma - Psychological effects and mental health. The Bridge Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Bristol, UK.

Kiyimba, N. (2016). Self-depreciating ascriptions and the rhetorical use of inability accounts in psychotherapy. Critical Disability Studies Conference: Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane, Manchester, UK.

Kiyimba, N. (2016). Developmental Trauma and Epigenetics. BACP Practitioners Conference, London, UK.

Kiyimba, N.; Roseingrave, P. & Dalton,T. (2015). “When the professional becomes personal". Conference Workshop presented at the November PSI Annual Conference. Galway, Ireland.

O’Reilly, M., Karim, K., & Parker, N. (2013). “So when you ↓said that you were going to take a knife to yourself (0.99). Yeah (1.15) what were you ↓hoping would happen?”: an exploration of ‘you said’ questions in clinical encounters. Paper presented at ‘CA and Psychotherapy’ July conference. York: University of York.

O'Reilly, M., Parker, N., Stafford, V., & Karim, K. (2012). "I think the University is doing some project": The challenge of convincing the NHS of the value of CA. Paper presented at 'Discourse, communication, conversation: An anniversary conference' March Conference. Loughborough: Loughborough University.

O'Reilly, M. & Parker, N. (2011). 'The invisible paradigm war': civil unrest within qualitative inquiry and the problems of sample saturation. Paper presented at '7th International Mixed Methods Conference; June Conference': Leeds: Leeds University.

Parker, N. & Robertson, N. (2011) The Psychological Affects of Hospital Acquired Infections: Presented at BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference; September. Southampton: Southampton University.

O’Reilly, M. & Parker, N. (2011). ‘The invisible paradigm war’: civil unrest within qualitative inquiry and the problems of sample saturation. Presented at ‘7th International Mixed Methods Conference: Leeds University.

Parker, N. (2004) Attitudes and Evaluative Practices in Family Talk. Presented at BPS Social Psychology Section. Nottingham Trent University.


  • D ClinPsy Clinical Psychology (Leicester University)
  • PhD Discursive Psychology (Loughborough University)
  • BSc (Hons) Social Psychology (Loughborough University)