Patsy Bolton Senior Accredited Counsellor

Patsy Bolton Senior Accredited Counsellor

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About me

OFFERING COUNSELLING and LIFE COACHING: For in depth help -or briefer solutions.

In a world of innumerable stresses it can be an achievement to balance necessary priorities and still leave time for you. The problem is, that without personal breathing space and self-reflection, your hopes and good intentions can get lost. You may in fact have forgotten what you need!

As a British Association of Counselling Senior Accredited Practitioner, with over 20 years of experience, I work in a variety of ways therefore am able to offer the most accessible and relevant approach for you. I can assess whether past events, your current relationships, loss or confidence issues are preventing you from moving on now. Counselling can attend to these. Alternately, you may be ready to actively implement practical changes in order to attend to lifestyle, personal or work issues hampering the attainment of your goals. Life Coaching can provide you with this vital direction. Both are processes that require safe and sensitive understanding- in which you feel in control.

As well as the traditional analytic talking therapy model which I continue to use, for the last 10 years I have integrated innovative and proven energy therapy techniques, working with the mind/body interaction. These are now NHS Trust approved alternative therapies which GPs may refer patients to.

An intervention especially useful in brief work is Thought Field Therapy. With a minimum of talk, it can rapidly alleviate traumatic episodes, long standing grief, compulsions and markedly enhance performance - such as public speaking (our number one fear according to research). "TFT" is often featured in the British media and internationally it provided successful trauma relief in areas of conflict and disaster in Africa, Haiti and New Orleans.

Alongside it I now practice two other "energy therapies" TAT originated by Tapas Fleming an acupuncturist that can facilitate in a non- intrusive way (you don't have to delve into the problem) alleviation of the symptoms and Parts Field Therapy which incorporates TFT and is derives from the ideas of hypnotherapy. Whilst deeply relaxing, it does not employ hypnosis. These interventions provide the self-help tools for independently continuing your healing.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Arts Degree University Of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Msc. Psychological Counselling, Surrey University.

Certificate in Life Coaching, Newcastle College, England.

Thought Field Therapy Diagnostic Level and Parts Field Therapy (UK training) Accreditation: Callahan Techniques, USA.

Certificate Qualification in Social Work, London.
Advanced Programme for Social Workers, Tavistock Clinic, London.

One year specialist adoption training for work with individuals, couples and families.
I work for PAC-UK as a freelance counsellor in permanency and adoption issues and as a trainer for PAC-UK offering workshops to several London Boroughs. I continue to update my skills regularly in this field of work.

I have enjoyed being in private practice in Teddington since 1998, having worked in NHS settings for several years in the community prior to that.
I can if appropriate integrate life coaching into my practice and have taught life coaching skills at Kingston College, Surrey.

In addition to my work with adults and adolescents, I've had extensive experience as a member of a multidisciplinary child and adolescent mental health team "CAHMS" .
In my previous role as a mental health social worker, I'd previously been part of an adult community mental health team. I have first hand experience of the more severe psychological and psychiatric issues. I have also worked in a post per ance service assisting families and adults who have been placed for adoption or in other permanent places.
as an expatriate of many years standing - having lived in Canada and parts of Africa I understand the issues relevant to living somewhere far from home, even if that was years ago.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Talking therapy is generally beneficial in order to address established patterns that we have all needed to defend against but are now neither functional nor healthy now.

If people agree to my integrating alternative methods, I've found the interventions offered by Thought Field or Parts Therapy can offer rapid relief. Both are "energy therapies" that allow individuals to learn self help skills they can continue to use as needed.


£ 60.00 per 50 minute session for individuals.
I do consider individual financial circumstances and can discuss a reasonable fee scale.
Couples' fees £85 for one hour.
I am willing to offer FaceTime or Skype sessions. It is preferable if we are able to meet first of all depending on your location.

Further information

I work with individuals; adults, adolescents and offer couples work. I have undertaken pre and post-adoption counselling with couples when referred through agencies such as their local authority. I'm currently in training and seeing families as a Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist (see DDP website under practitioners).

I can see people for brief interventions as well as longer term options. Many individuals looking to understand more indepth issues prefer open ended contracts. I am flexible when considering  how often to see a client as long as clinically I feel the counselling will be beneficial in this way.

I frequently deliver training on attachment and permanency issues for the voluntary organisation I do freelance permanence/adoption counselling for.

Maps & Directions

Teddington, TW11

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday to Friday day times from 7.45 am up to 6pm. I have limited evening availability on Wednesdays and some Thursday's.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme