Heather Thomas Adv Dip MBACP (Accred.)

Heather Thomas Adv Dip MBACP (Accred.)

Welwyn Garden City

St Albans

0795 7260414

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Welwyn Garden City

St Albans

0795 7260414

About me

Counselling is an investment in yourself. It can be used for working through specific difficulties or issues such as personal development or aligning yourself to who you're meant to be when life has gone off track. It is a time and space to share your innermost feelings and problems with someone to start to unravel and understand thoughts and feelings, to grieve losses, and to build resilience towards life's challenges.  

In my practice I offer both short term counselling or long term, open ended therapy. Short term counselling can be used to focus on anxiety and depression and open ended psychotherapy is more suitable for a deeper exploration and more thorough review of your life. I work collaboratively and flexibly with individuals to create a non-judgemental, confidential environment which enables exploration of the difficulties and challenges they have encountered.

I work psychodynamically, facilitating a process of exploring how the past can affect current relationships, to enable a person to reassess and begin the journey of change. The work often uncovers unprocessed painful experiences which may be adversely impacting the present. These may manifest through depression, anxiety, or unhappiness in relationships either personally or in the workplace. Often a person's emotional experience may be communicated through symptoms in the physical body. The opportunity to be heard and understood alleviates the anxiety that accompanies these physical symptoms, resulting in better health and wellbeing. The areas of work which I have experience in are as follows:

  • Persistent depression
  • Feelings of emptiness, dread or boredom
  • Bereavement and loss of a loved one
  • Diagnosis of illness
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Loss or bereavement that feels increasingly more difficult to cope with as time goes by
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, physical restlessness
  • Constant rumination or chatter in the mind and unwanted thoughts
  • Difficulties in understanding thoughts and feelings with the arrival of a new baby, or post natal depression
  • Sleep problems which may include insomnia or nightmares
  • Addictive relationships with alcohol, drugs, painkillers, sex, internet use, gambling and overeating
  • Family relationships

I have worked for the NHS as a counsellor/psychotherapist in primary care for several years, with many presenting issues and with a diversity of nationalities. My work is supervised by a BACP Senior Accredited Psychotherapist and I regularly attend professional development seminars to ensure that my practice offers the best informed care and up to date psychoanalytical thinking.

I adhere to a strict code of ethics and I am regulated by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). The ethical guidelines and practices of the BACP to which I am bound can be viewed via their website www.bacp.co.uk.

Training, qualifications & experience

WPF Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Counselling Foundation BACP Accredited Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy Training with the Anna Freud Centre
Counselling for Depression Training with Nottingham University
WPF Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
10 years working within the counselling and coaching field
Clinical affiliate for Emloyee Assistance Programmes
Step 3 High Intensity Psychological Therapist for IAPT services (NHS)
25 years experience working in business, publishing, finance and administration
Diploma in Business and Language Studies London University

Member organisations



£45.00 for a 50 minute therapy session (plus a few assisted/affordable spaces available)

Maps & Directions

Welwyn Garden City, AL7
St Albans, AL4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Monday to Friday daytime and evening appointments Saturday morning appointments

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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