Andrea Thomas BA, MSc, MSc, CTA, UKCP, EMDR, MBACP
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 North West London (Mill Hill) and West London (Ealing).
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.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)
EMDR is recognised by The 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. The assessment session lasts for 90 minutes and the following sessions last for 60 minutes. If you are interested in future information, you may find the following link useful: www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/
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.
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 work as a supervisor for Ealing Abbey Counselling service where I run supervision groups with counsellors working for the service.
Alongside my private practice, I work as an affiliate for a number of Employee Assistance programmes (EAPs) where I offer clients short-term solution focussed counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons), MSc (Psych), MSc (Econ), CTA (P), UKCP, MBACP, 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) and am experienced in 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, EMDR) to ensure the best outcome.
I have experience working couples and individuals presenting with the following issues:
Trauma & PTSD
Loss & Bereavement
Depression & Low Mood
Generalised Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Life crisis or transition
Ill health and disability
Adoption, parenting issues
Loss of meaning and purpose in life
Domestic violence and abuse
I have experience working in various mental health settings such as:
- Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherpy 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 Assesor, having worked for many years at Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy service (MCPS).
To ensure my continuous professional development, I regulary attend conferences, post-graduate training/workshops, am in regular supervision, peer review.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Divorce and Separation
Individuals: £60-65 per session (50 mins).
Couples: £85-£90 per session (60 mins).
Supervision: £60 per session (50 minutes)
EMDR: £70 per session (60 minutes)
My fee structure is reviewed annually in September.
Some limited concessions are available for students and individuals on income support or incapacity benefit.
I provide counselling in two location:
North West London:
I provide a safe and comfortable environment with off street parking and within very close proximity to Mill Hill Broadway train station.
At Ealing Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Associates (EPCP) which is located near to Ealing Broadway tube and mainline stations.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm Some Saturday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
In addition to my clinical practice, I offer individual and group supervision to qualified practitioners and students training in humanistic orientations.