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About me

I am an accredited Human Givens psychotherapist and a Mindfulness teacher. I understand that you want to feel better quickly. I will listen, guide and respond with warmth and respect using the best techniques to suit you and your particular needs.

Human Givens is a brief, effective solution-focused therapy. It is a holistic approach and uses proven techniques from many effective therapies as well as insights and wisdom drawn from sources such as psychology, neurobiology and sociology. It does not focus unduly on the past or on the negative. Instead, we work together to build your skills, your resources and to manage or overcome difficulties so that you can feel better quickly and get on with your life.

Human Givens therapy focuses on our emotional needs to ensure that they are met in a healthy way. Just as we all have physical needs, so we also have emotional needs such as good relationships, a sense of control over our lives or a sense of purpose and meaning. When these needs are met in balance, people flourish. This is the heart of Human Givens therapy. With this framework we can change old unhelpful patterns, deal with current situations or learn new skills to approach the future with a renewed sense of well-being and control.

I specialise in helping people with stress and anxiety and the many ways in which this may play out including: anxiety-related conditions, depression, panic attacks, trauma, insomnia, PTSD, anger management, phobias, overwhelm, burn-out, performance or social anxiety. Whatever your current difficulty, we can work together to make a difference in the here and now.

I also offer counselling for young people and for couples using the same principles.

I can arrange early morning appointments in Surbiton and early morning or evening appointments in Oxshott as well as normal working hours in both practices.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have trained with Human Givens College and hold their professional Diploma.  I am a professional member of the Human Givens Institute. I am trained to deliver the Just What We Need programme, which is an interactive group course based on Human Givens ideas typically delivered for parents but suitable for many settings. I am on the Human Givens Institute Registration and Professional Standards Committee.

I have also trained with Bangor University, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and the Mindfulness in Schools Project to teach mindfulness.  I teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction groups in Ashtead, Surrey. I have taught mindfulness in businesses and schools. I am currently studying to teach the Mindfulness Self Compassion course.

I began my career in therapy over 30 years ago in the NHS as a music therapist having trained with Roehampton Institute.

Member organisations


Human Givens Institute

The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation and a professional body representing the interests of those in the caring and teaching professions who have an interest in or utilise the human givens approach. Counselling Directory register Registered Members (MHGI) and Fellow Members (FHGI), who will have completed the Post Graduate Practitioner's Assessment (Part III) and who are fully qualified to practise as a human givens therapist or counsellor. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Human Givens Institute

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness

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The first session lasts for 90 minutes and costs £90. Subsequent sessions last 75 minutes and cost £75. We will complete the therapy in as few sessions as possible. Typically people come for between 4 - 6 sessions but that obviously depends upon your situation.

Sessions with children are charged at the same rate but sessions might be shorter according to age and suitability. Usually they are for between 45 minutes and 1 hour. Primary age children can only be seen at the Oxshott practice.

Couples are charged at the same rate.


Early morning appointments can be arranged in Surbiton and Oxshott. Evening appointments are available in Oxshott. Normal working hours are available at both practices.

Further information

I am an experienced speaker, teacher and group leader.

I can offer workshops to businesses on stress management or well-being.

I can run mindfulness courses in businesses or for private groups.

I can run the Just What We Need programme for parents or for other groups who might benefit from learning about their emotional needs and how to meet them.

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.

Accessibility in Oxshott is on the flat with one step. The door is not suitable for a wheelchair.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Diana Thornton HG Dip P MHGI

Diana Thornton HG Dip P MHGI