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About me

I am a qualified Integrative counsellor, For those unfamiliar with counselling jargon - an 'integrative approach' simply means that I am able to 'integrate' or choose from any number of theoretical approaches. This integration will include the best known 'brands' such as Relational psychodynamic, humanistic , cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT) or existential. This has the advantage of being incredibly flexible and of giving you the client an important voice in just how much or how little change you would like to achieve and over what length of time.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My details can be found on the BACP register ( no:698178).  I offer a highly confidential service and am able to see clients at my private practice in Merthyr Tydfil

Attending  counselling  for the first time can be a big step and I appreciate that you might feel anxious about what might happen, this is why I hold an initial consultation with no obligation to continue. There may be times when you need support and the art of listening is the first step in helping someone through difficult periods in their life. Counselling is a non-judgmental experience where you can discuss your problems in confidence within a safe space where you feel supported.

I am now able to offer a therapeutic programme to couples experiencing domestic abuse in their relationship.  This package will involve working safely with offender, victim and children in order to allow the offender to make positive changes, safety planning for the whole family and allow the family to live together free from abuse or to separate safely and amicably.  I offer this service to clients in private practice and through referral from voluntary and statutory organisations. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss this service further.

I specialise in trauma and qualified in REWIND therapy in 2017.

You will be seen in a private and confidential space. There is parking available directly outside the premises.

GP, corporate clients and EAP referrals welcome.

Training, qualifications & experience

Postgraduate Certificate Counselling (person centred) Newport University Wales (2010)

Postgraduate Diploma Counselling, LV 7 (Integrative pathway) Newport University Wales (2011)

Postgraduate Diploma Child and adolescent counselling LV 7, Newport University Wales (Outstanding Achievement award obtained from the University Wales Newport) (2014)

Diploma - working with couples (2021)

Community Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) qualified Bristol  (2010)

NVQ/ILM LV 3 Frontline Management & supervision (2010)

Restorative approach facilitator (certificate level) (2018)

Systemic approaches to working with families affected by domestic abuse (this work includes working directly with the whole family) (2018)

Trained to facilitate perpetrator programmes for domestic abuse (men centric London) (2019)

Qualified REWIND practitioner - trauma specialist (2017)

Advanced Training skills
Childhood sexual abuse
child protection (LV 4)
vulnerable adults (LV 3)
Personality Disorder

Working with narcissists

Working with adult children of narcissist parents
Domestic & sexual violence (adults & children)
Multicultural counselling (honour based violence & FGM)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Loss & bereavement (Adults/children)
Play therapy & story work (children & adolescents)
Working with offenders of domestic & sexual violence
Disordered eating (anorexia, bulimia nervosa)
Restorative approach (children/adults)
Maternal infant mental health training
working with offenders Domestic abuse (Respect  trained)
Attachment disorders
Trauma focused work (FDAM London)

Working with perpetrators of domestic abuse (RESPECT)

Member organisations

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.

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.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Areas of previous/current employment

Domestic Abuse Resource Team - Project Manager/counsellor - 2006- 2011

Torfaen Women's Aid - Trainee Counsellor  - 2010-2012

HMP Cardiff Prison - Trainee Counsellor - 2010- 2013

Atal Y fro Domestic Abuse Services - counsellor - 2012- 2014

SMD counselling& Psychotherapy services - counsellor - 2012- 2014

Seren Counselling & Training -  Trainee Counsellor - 2011- 2012

NPTC Group    - Young persons counsellor -     2013 - 2014

Gwalia care & support - Project manager - 2014 - 2015

Almond tree counselling service - Counsellor - 2015 - 2016

Adytum Counselling services - Associate Counsellor - 2014 - present

Cyfannol Women's Aid - Lead counsellor 2015 - 2016

Family Action Wales - Project Manager 2016 - 2018

DRIVE project - case drive manager/clinical lead 2018 - present

MIND - Associate counsellor 2021- present

GP, corporate clients and EAP referrals welcome.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

From £30.00 to £95.00

Additional information

Individual clients £50 (60 minute session)

Couples sessions £65 (1.5 hr session)

Children & adolescents (3 - 17 yrs.) £55 (60 minute session)

Student counsellors requiring compulsory sessions £30 (60 minute session)

clinical supervision to staff working for the voluntary sector  £50 (60 minute session)

corporate clients £50 (60 minute session/ including reports)

Systemic couples therapy to target domestic abuse within the family £95 (per session) this will include the use of two therapists and reports made available on request.

Clients will be offered an appointment within 24 hrs of contact (where possible)

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer face to face (where safe) sessions - Telephone - skype.

Further information

I provide group training/courses on working with victims and offenders of  Abuse. Training packages will be tailored specifically for clients needs.

I am now able to offer a therapeutic programme to couples experiencing domestic abuse in their relationship.  This package will involve working safely with offender, victim and children in order to allow the offender to make positive changes, safety planning for the whole family and allow the family to live together free from abuse or to separate safely and amicably.  I offer this service to clients in private practice and through referral from voluntary and statutory organisations. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss this service further.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which is one of the first organisations to have its voluntary register assessed and accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health. This is administered by an independent body which is accountable to Parliament; The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
Accreditation means that the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists meets the authority’s high standards in governance, standard setting, education and training, management, complaints and information.
My practice encompasses the code of ethics set forth by the BACP which is available to view on their website.


Floor 1
Oldway House
Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Glamorgan
CF47 8UX

Floor 1
Oldway House
Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Glamorgan
CF47 8UX

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I provide clinical supervision to staff working in domestic abuse agencies and have over 15 years experience within the field.

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Dawn Thomas PG DIP/PG Dip CYP/ MBACP (Complete Counselling)

Dawn Thomas PG DIP/PG Dip CYP/ MBACP (Complete Counselling)