Dr Valerie Thomas MBACP (Senior Accred)

Dr Valerie Thomas MBACP (Senior Accred)

Folkestone
Kent
CT20

07931 422068

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Folkestone
Kent
CT20

07931 422068

About me

I am a highly qualified and very experienced counsellor and psychotherapist based in S.E. Kent.
I am an integrative therapist and this means that I draw on a range of different therapeutic approaches such as humanistic, psychodynamic and CBT to suit the needs of each individual.
However, although the counsellor's approach is important, research tells us that the therapeutic relationship is the key to successful therapy. In other words there needs to be a good 'fit' between therapist and client.
In order to help you make this important choice, I offer a free initial 30 minute session without obligation, either face-to-face or by phone. In this session we will discuss how counselling or psychotherapy could help you and you will be able to ask any questions you might have about my practice and approach. This is an opportunity for you to get a sense of whether you could work with me and it will allow me to assess if I can offer you a helpful therapeutic service.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Doctorate in Psychotherapy (through Professional Studies)
  • Senior Accredited Member of the BACP
  • I have over 25 years' experience of working as a therapist. I have had a private practice for 15 years and have worked in a wide range of voluntary and statutory settings. These include: substance misuse residential treatment centres; community counselling agencies; a bereavement support agency; a cancer patient support organisation; and an NHS staff counselling department.
  • I have a specialism in working with addictions developed over 13 years' experience in the substance misuse field. I provide therapeutic support  for individuals who are dealing with the psychological issues linked to drug dependency. This includes people who would like support for smoking cessation - see the following online support forum: https://quitza.com/forum
  • I have been a counselling educator for ten years. I was a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Anglia Ruskin University for eight years with lead responsibility for all counselling education programmes. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • I have developed a specialism in the use of mental imagery in psychotherapy. I have researched its use and I have published academic papers and book chapters. You can see a description of my new book here:https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415728867. The following are selected publications:

Thomas, V. (2016). ‘Developing imagination-based methods to enhance researcher reflexivity’, The
Psychotherapist, (62)
Thomas, V. (2016). Using mental imagery in counselling and psychotherapy: a guide to more inclusive theory and practice. London: Routledge
Thomas, V. (2015). ‘Mental Imagery in counselling’, Therapy Today, 26(10), pp 30-33.
Thomas, V. (2015). ‘Some contemporary issues in psychotherapy training: Guest editorial’, The
Psychotherapist, (61)
Thomas, V. (2015). 'The therapeutic functions of mental imagery in psychotherapy: Constructing a theoretical model', In: S. Goss & C. Stevens (eds.) Making Research Matter. London: Routledge
Thomas, V. (2014) Drawing on creative reflective practices in counselling research: an example of using mental imagery to shed light on the research process. British Journal of Counselling & Guidance, Vol 42(1), pp 43-51.
V. (2010) Interior Spectating: Viewing inner imagery in psychotherapy. In A. Oddey & C. Wright (eds.), Modes of Spectating. Chicago: University of Chicago Press,  pp 119-131
Thomas, V. (2009). 'Using visualisation techniques with cancer patients' (Abstract only) for Online Cancer Education Forum, European Journal of Cancer Care 18(2)

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Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also work with:

  • creative blocks
  • life changes
  • self-development

Therapies offered

Fees

An inital 30 minute session (either face-to-face or by phone) is free with no obligation. Please contact me to arrange this.

£55 per session for individuals from 9am to 6pm.
£60 per session for individuals after 6pm..

Further information

My premises are aproximately 5 minutes walk from the nearest main railway station (with regular high speed links to London St Pancras, Stratford and Ashford).

There is free car parking outside the premises.

Maps & Directions

Folkestone, CT20

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am a highly experienced counselling and psychotherapy supervisor.

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