Dawn Thomas

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MBACP (Accred).Individual, couples and children's Therapist
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Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, CF47 0AY
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a qualified Integrative therapist, 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. I work with individuals, couples and children/young people. I have completed accreditation status membership with BACP to allow me to offer all clients a safe and ethical service. 

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My details can be found on the BACP register . 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.

GP, corporate clients and EAP referrals welcome.

All work is insured and I hold a up to date DBS at all times.

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)
  • Foundation degree- Transactional analysis (2023)
  • 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)

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.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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 - 2023
  • NHS primary mental health - present 
  • GP, corporate clients and EAP referrals welcome.

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • Individual clients £60 (60 minute session)
  • Couples sessions £70 (1.5 hr session)
  • Children & adolescents (3 - 17 yrs.) £55 (60 minute session)
  • Student counsellors requiring compulsory sessions £50 (60 minute session)
  • Clinical supervision to staff working for the voluntary sector  £65 ( 60 minute session)
  • Corporate clients £55 (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)

When I work

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Evening
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I offer sessions via;

video link 

telephone 

face to face 

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.

The Parlour, 13 Church Street, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, CF47 0AY

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom
Google Meet
Microsoft Teams

Supervision

In person
Online

Dawn will be offering clinical supervision from 2025. Please enquire now if you would like to book appointment.

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