Andrea Thomas

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MSc, MSc (Psych), BA (Hons), CTA(p), UKCP, EMDR (Accred)
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Poole BH14 & Bournemouth BH13
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About me

I am a fully qualified UKCP registered Psychotherapist, Certified Transactional Analyst and EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner with many years experience working therapeutically with individuals within a wide range of settings. In my clinical practice, I use an integrative approach drawing on various orientations and techniques 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 Lilliput, Poole and is also within easy reach from Bournemouth, Parkstone, Wimborne and surrounding areas.

Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy:
I offer short-term counselling and/or longer term psychotherapy and EMDR depending on the client's needs.  I suggest an initial telephone or video consultation to discuss how therapy might work and the possibility of us working together.   Should you wish to continue with therapy, we will then meet to discuss in more depth what is troubling you in the present, your past experiences and clarify your expectations and goals for therapy.  Sessions last 50 minutes and generally take place on a weekly basis.  EMDR session last 60 to 80 minutes depending on need.

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 our assessment shows that EMDR is suitable, we will work through a standardised protocol to help the brain to process distressing memories that are causing disturbance in the present.  By reprocessing these memories, they become less intrusive allowing the client to feel symptom fee and engage more fully with their daily lives.   If you are interested in further information, you may find the following link useful:

In addition,  I 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.  

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

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

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 an experienced UKCP registered Psychotherapist & certified Transactional Analyst (CTA)  and am an EMDR Practitioner (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing)  working with individuals experiencing 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.  I draw on a wide range of orientations and approaches (Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Psychoanalysis, Mindfulness, CBT, AEDP, Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR) to ensure the best outcome for each individual.

I work with the following presenting issues: 
Relationship Difficulties
Trauma & PTSDComplex, developmental trauma
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 NHS mental health settings and charities in and around London working as a psychotherapist and clinical assessor.  More recently, I moved to Poole where I now work mainly in private practice and online.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Self Harm
Divorce and Separation
Clinical Supervision


£80.00 - £90.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

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

EMDR: £75-£80 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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 6pm

Monday afternoons and evenings, Friday mornings

Some Saturday mornings (occassionally)

Further information

I provide counselling and psychotherapy online or in person at the following location which is close to Bournemouth and surrounding areas:

Lilliput, Poole.  Off street parking is available.  

Poole, Dorset, BH14

Bournemouth, BH13

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Car parking available

Additional languages


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In person

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