Diana Thomas MSc MBACP (accred)
I am a fully qualified therapist, accredited with BACP and with 20 years practice experience. I am BUPA registered, find me on
I am also registered with AXA health insurance
I am able to do counselling sessions by phone, Skype or zoom in the current lock down situation.
I aim to offer a friendly and professional service where you can speak in confidence about what is troubling you and we can explore a way forward together. I work in both a short term focused way and can also offer a longer term psychotherapy for deeper seated problems according to the needs of the individual person. I have experience in working with a wide range of problems such as anxiety disorders, depression, grief, bereavement and with divorce, relationship issues, trauma, childhood abuse and neglect.
My private practice work is in Fleet, Hampshire. Purpose built for counselling with reception/waiting areas and loos readily available. My counselling room is located in an Osteopathic Clinic in Fleet parking in nearby roads is free and short stay up to 2 hours.
I am an integrative counsellor which means I am using a range of approaches and to develop an understanding of each person as a unique individual. I provide both long term and time limited therapy on a one to one basis. I work with adults over the age of 18 years old.
In addition to using a traditional approach I am also interested in the use of photographs and visual images in therapy and have trained and attended international conferences on this subject. I am trained as a DIT practitioner (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy) in the NHS and have studied at the IGA (institute of Group Analysis) in London. I was also a senior lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, London until recently, I now work there as a visiting lecturer on the PsychD in Counselling Psychology.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Pschology (1979) Exeter
MSc Counselling and psychotherapy (2002) Surrey
BACP accreditation (2006)
DIT registered with BPC
MUPCA , I'm a clinical member of the Universities psychotherapy and counselling association
Experience: I have undertaken training and attended conferences as part of CPD including the following
CBT Oxford Cognitive Therapy centre
Work with Sexual minorities with Pink Therapy
Mindfulness with M Chakalston
Phototherapy, Leonardo project conferences and training at Universities of Turku (Finland) and Roehampton (London)
Trauma and the Body with PODS (positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) and also Babette Rosthchild
Long term conditions 2017 NHS workshops with Nigel Sage
As a therapist working in the NHS for over 16 years I have worked with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with many different problems. These include an age range from teens to people over 80 years old, different ethnic and cultural groups and people with disabilities/chronic illness. I have always been inspired by my clients courage in the face of considerable difficulties and believe there is always hope for constructive change and growth and for a happier life.
I have experience working with problems of anxiety and depression, low confidence/low self esteem, anger issues, relationship issues, sexual problems and relationship difficulties.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Phototherapy as a means to self understanding and exploration. This involves using photographs in a variety of ways to explore identity, hopes, dreams and fears. I have a set of images or 'spectro cards' that can be used for therapeutic work or clients can bring in their family photo's or perhaps keep a photo diary of their experiences.
Creativity and imagination are a vital part of what it means to be human and are often ignored in our medicalised and technology driven 'quick fix' culture. Using and making pictures can often express something more than expected, when words fail us an image can convey multiple and complex meaning and perhaps show the way towards a new way of understanding who we are and where we are going.
£50.00 per session with concessions available for long term work and for students (student rate £30.00) and unemployed (negotiable).
Concessions offered for
Most days especially except Mondays available, some Saturday mornings also.
Feel free to text me to arrange an initial phone call at a mutually convenient time. I will then call you for a five minute chat to answer any questions you might have and to decide if you'd like to work with me. My phone will be switched off when I'm working with clients.
Alternatively feel free to e-mail