About me

I am a fully qualified UKCP registered Psychotherapist and Certified Transactional Analyst and EMDR practitioner with many years experience working therapeutically with individuals and couples within a wide range of settings. In my clinical practice, I use an integrative approach where I draw on various orientations depending on the specific needs and requirements of my clients.  I am deeply committed to an ethical and non-discriminatory practice and embrace cultural and religious difference.

My private practice is located in St Albans, Hertfordshire (Wheathampstead).

Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy:
I offer short-term counselling and/or longer term psychotherapy and am experienced working with a wide range of presenting issues.  I suggest that clients attend an initial consultation for us to meet and agree your aims for therapy before deciding whether to go ahead.  Should we decide that counselling is the right option for you, we will agree the duration your therapy and review the work on a regular basis.  Sessions last 50 minutes and generally take place on a weekly basis.

In my practice, I draw on a wide range of techniques and orientations to ensure the that the therapy is best suited to each clients individual needs so that healing is facilitated.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing):           

EMDR is an evidenced-based treatment for trauma recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a first line of treatment for people with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Clinical trails have found that EMDR is highly effective in the treatment for people who have had traumatic experiences which may include a one-off traumatic event such as a car crash or repetitive relational traumatic experiences over a period of time.

If the brains natural processing system is blocked by the impact of a disturbing events/s this causes emotional suffering and maladaptive behaviours.  The focus of EMDR is to remove the blockage in order to activate the client's natural healing processes.  If our assessment shows that EMDR is suitable, we will work through a standardised protocol to help the brain to process distressing memories, reduce their influence and allow the client to develop ways to more effectively get on with their lives.  Sessions last for 60 minutes.  If you are interested in further information, you may find the following link useful:  www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/

I also draw on a range of recognised methodologies that help to facilitate the recovery from trauma such as; Sensorimotor psychotherapy, AEDP, Internal Family Systems and Mindfulness based techniques.

Couples Counselling: 
I offer couples short-term counselling for a duration of up to 12 sessions unless we agree that additional sessions would be beneficial in achieving your desired goals.  We will review the work after every four sessions to assess progress and agree next steps.  Sessions take place on a fortnightly basis and each session lasts 60 minutes.

Clinical Supervision:
I offer group or individual supervision to qualified practitioners and students who are in training to become counsellors and/or psychotherapists using humanistic orientations. In additional, I also work as a clinical supervisor for counselling and psychotherapy service where I run a number of supervision groups with counsellors working for the service.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc (Econ), BA (Hons), CTA (P), Certificate in Clinical Assessment, Certificate in Child Counselling, EMDR.

After many years working as an Organisational Psychologist and Change Management Consultant, I decided to train as a psychotherapist completing 5 years of post-graduate training at Metanoia Institute in Ealing. I am a fully qualified UKCP registered Psychotherapist & Transactional Analyst (CTA), EMDR practitioner with many years experience working with individuals and couples presenting with a wide range of issues and concerns.

My aim is to be sensitive to the unique and specific needs of my clients and embrace cultural diversity and difference within an ethical and respectful therapeutic relationship. In my work I draw on a range of orientations and approaches (Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Psychoanalysis, Mindfulness, CBT, AEDP, Internal Family Systems, EMDR) to ensure the best outcome.

I have experience working couples and individuals presenting with the following issues:

Relationship Difficulties
Trauma & PTSD
Loss & Bereavement
Depression & Low Mood
Generalised Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Anger management
Life crisis or transition
Ill health and disability
Adoption, parenting issues
Loss of meaning and purpose in life
Domestic violence and abuse
Cultural identity
Clinical Assessment
Clinical Supervision

I have experience working in various mental health settings such as:

  • Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (MCPS)
  • Mind in Enfield
  • Ealing Abbey Counselling Service (EACS)
  • GP Practices and Ealing PCT
  • Private Practice

Additionally, I am an experienced and qualified Clinical Assessor, having worked for many years at Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy service (MCPS).

To ensure my continuous professional development, I regularly attend conferences, post-graduate training/workshops, am in regular supervision, peer review.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Self Harm
Divorce and Separation
Clinical Supervision

Fees

From £70.00 to £90.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individuals: £70-£75 per session (50 mins).
Couples: £90 per session (60 mins).
Supervision: £60 per session (50 minutes)

EMDR: £75 per session (60 minutes)

My fee structure is reviewed annually in April.

Some limited concessions are available for students and individuals on income support or incapacity benefit.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 6pm

Monday afternoons and evenings, Friday mornings

Some Saturday mornings (occassionally)

Further information

I provide counselling and psychotherapy at the following location:

Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire:
I provide a safe and comfortable environment with off street parking.  I am in close proximity to St Albans, Harpenden, Welwyn, Hatfield.

I am happy to work with clients either online or face to face.  For face to face sessions, I implement COVID safety guidelines.

St. Albans
Hertfordshire
AL4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Car parking available

Additional languages

German

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

In addition to my clinical practice, I offer individual and group supervision to qualified practitioners and students training in humanistic orientations.

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Andrea Thomas

Andrea Thomas