Libby Thornton

Libby Thornton

Skype details

Skype name

libby.thornton8

If you have skype installed you can select the link below to call Libby Thornton.

Skype Call Button

To install skype click here

Chesham House
Church Lane
Berkhamsted
Herts
HP4 2AX

The Oakridge Practice
244 Radlett Road
Colney Street
St Albans
Herts
AL2 2EN

07957 872674

Save profile

Chesham House
Church Lane
Berkhamsted
Herts
HP4 2AX

The Oakridge Practice
244 Radlett Road
Colney Street
St Albans
Herts
AL2 2EN

07957 872674

About me

Deeply empathetic, intuitive but dynamic and passionate, I am creative and robust in my work. Establishing a relationship based on respect and understanding is of the utmost importance. After 18 years as a therapist and 30 as a Health Visitor I have had a varied work experiences and am able to create a safe environment where we can explore any difficulties you are facing.

My theoretical framework is psychodynamic although I use systemic and CBT approaches and techniques also. The Counselling for Depression refresher course reminded me of the strength of a Rogerian approach. I feel this combines well with my knowledge base from my Psychology and Nursing Degree, creating a way of working, which is grounded, holding and analytical but very real.

Currently in my private practice I offer both short and long term individual therapy, once or twice a week. I can work face to face, on the phone or skype. I am confident in making home visits. I am experienced in running group therapy as well as supervision for students and qualified counsellors.

I have worked in a variety of settings. At the Counselling centre I was part of the assessment team as well as working short term with many contracts, and holding long-term clients. Now I am working with charities, GP’s as well in the NHS. Running a Postnatal Depression Group for 10 years has been deeply satisfying for me and fruitful and effective for the women. The evaluations contained statements such as;

"Amazing"

”Don’t know how you get to the heart of it so quickly”

”Thank you for helping me get my life back”.

Training, qualifications & experience

My theoretical framework is psychodynamic although I use systemic and CBT approaches and techniques also. The Counselling for Depression refresher course reminded me of the strength of a Rogerian approach. I feel this combines well with my knowledge base from my Psychology and Nursing Degree, creating a way of working, which is grounded, holding and analytical but very real.

My 5 years at The Westminster Pastoral Foundation led to an Advanced Diploma (graduate equivalent) and in addition I undertook Short Term Psychotherapy and Solution Focused therapy courses. I also qualified with a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2010. I completed my BACP accreditation in 2006 and am now completed two further accreditations. VIG or video interactive guidance therapy is based on attachment theory, working with the quality of  attentiveness, reciprocity and attunement. The therapy records the interaction between infants and children and their caregivers. Together we analyse these interactions and consider changes which can make enormous differences to family and individual lives. Mothers can feel empowered by the process and deeply moved by what they see and experience. It is a privilege to be helping this change to happen.

Counselling for Depression and accreditation through the Colchester Institute gave me additional ways of working with depression. Working for this accreditation has focused on a Humaunistic approach and I now use this in my IAPT work at a London Hospital.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adaptation to parenthood.
Philosophical issues such as the loss of purpose and giving meaning to life.

Fees

£60 per session for individual work.
Supervision £60 per hour .
Concessions considered
Students please call to discuss fees .
VIG work please call to discuss .

Further information

I believe therapy works because we want our lives to be different, we can be resourceful and we have the power to change. This can come about as we talk about feelings which are causing distress or confusion. Such feelings can impact on everyday life, influencing how we see the world and relate to others. Such feelings may track back to earlier times in your life and you may feel have become a part of you. You may wonder how you can ever feel different. However gently uncovering layers, can help you see yourself and others in a new light and help you respond differently. Whilst insight can be like a light bulb moment I feel that the shared journey, we will take together, is equally significant. Better and deeper relationships can come from this.

Enthusiasm, energy but also understanding are the hallmarks of my work.

Wheelchair access available.

Maps & Directions

Berkhamsted, HP4 2AX
St Albans, AL2 2EN

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

At present I can offer both daytime and have a few evening appointments available. I work weekdays, contact over weekend by agreement.

We love feedback