Mary Thomas MBACPaccred, BPC, FPC
I have 27 years of experience of working as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with people suffering with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, panic attacks, phobias, low self esteem, and a whole host of related difficulties which many people struggle with in life.
You may feel unsure or anxious about approaching a psychotherapist for help for the first time so it is helpful to start by having a few exploratory sessions to discuss what may be troubling you, and then to decide whether to proceed with therapy. After the initial sessions we can then start to explore the issues that brought you to therapy in more depth, whilst slowly building a more secure relationship with your therapist. The relationship you build with your therapist forms the bedrock of the work and enables you to explore emotional difficulties with a feeling of safety. My rigorous psychoanalytic training informs the way that I work, and this is based on an understanding that an individual's unique experiences of childhood, family life, adolescence, siblings, relationships, all contribute, consciously and unconsciously, to how that individual feels about themselves and others in their present day life. Negative experiences in childhood may lead an individual into repetitive self defeating or self destructive patterns of behaviour which they may feel are beyond their control. Identifying these patterns of behaviour, and coming to an understanding of where they may originate, can provide relief, and offer a way forward and an opportunity to do things differently and feel more positively about life.
I offer a safe and confidential setting in quiet, comfortable consulting rooms in Victoria, Central London, next to Victoria Mainline Station and Victoria Underground Station, and is easily accessible by public transport including many bus services.
Training, qualifications & experience
Initial training as artist. M.A.(RCA)
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - WPF Therapy
Qualification - Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervisor - WPF Therapy
Qualification - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist - WPF Therapy
I have worked in private practice as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for 27 years, and have also worked in the NHS for 11 years as a GP Counsellor/Psychotherapist, as well as in other voluntary and organisational settings. I was a staff member of WPF Therapy from 1992 to 2012 as an Assessment Therapist, Supervisor, Tutor and Seminar Leader, and have taught in severalother psychotherapy organisations. I have also worked as a supervisor of GP Counsellors and Psychotherapists for many years.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Creative Blocks in artists, writers and other creative people.
Difficulties in the workplace, relationships at work, work/life balance issues.
Usually discussed in initial assessment sessions.
Average range of £50 - 90
I have a particular interest in creativity and the Arts, and working with people with creative blocks, however these are manifest.
I am a BUPA registered Therapist.
I also offer couple counselling to help people explore and work through their relationship issues and difficulties.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime, early mornings and evening appointments available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have many years experience of offering supervision to Counsellors, GP Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Art Therapists and Trainees.View supervision profile