About Coastal Speech Therapy
Who We Are
Coastal Speech Therapy is an independent service providing high quality, evidence-based assessment and therapy to adults with a range of speech, language and swallowing conditions.
Established by Nicola Sirman, Highly Specialist Speech and Language therapist in 2016, Coastal Speech Therapy takes a personalised approach to meeting an individual's therapeutic needs.
I first became passionate about helping people to communicate whilst teaching English in Poland and Spain. Being able to communicate successfully and to have conversations is fundamental to being human. When you can't communicate either due to a language barrier or communication difficulty, it can make you feel very isolated and can impact significantly on your quality of life and those around you. I soon realised that I wanted to make a career out of helping people achieve that every day human right of being able to communicate.
I graduated from City, University of London in 2009 with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language therapy. I later went on to complete my Masters project whilst working as a Research Assistant at University College London (UCL) on the Better Conversations with Aphasia Project and passed my MSc with distinction in 2013.
Prior to starting my company Coastal Speech Therapy I held a variety of posts including working as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for the NHS, a Teaching Fellow at University College London, training student speech therapists and also worked as an evening tutor for City Lit running groups for adults who stammer. I continue to work part-time for the NHS alongside my private practice.
I am registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Health and Care Professionals Council and the Association of Speech and Language therapists in Independent Practice (https://www.helpwithtalking.com/Member/Miss-Nicola-Sirman-profile). Outside the clinic I enjoy maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle with an interest in nutrition, gardening and watersports.