Donna Thomas

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BA (Hons)DipCouns, MBACP Registered (Innerworth counselling)
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Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 4LX
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About me

Hello, I'm Donna, and I'm here to offer you support and guidance on your journey toward healing and inner growth.
With over 20 years of experience working with trauma, I've had the privilege of helping individuals like you overcome life's challenges and rediscover joy and fulfilment.

As a committed therapist, I specialise in offering tailored support that acknowledges the diverse intricacies of the human brain.

My expertise encompasses a wide range of challenges, including childhood trauma, stress management, anxiety, navigating life transitions, coping with grief, and addressing various forms of addiction, including sex, drug, and alcohol dependency.

I also provide guidance in navigating co-dependency dynamics and fostering healthy emotional regulation.
With a compassionate and holistic approach, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve greater self-awareness, resilience, and inner peace.
 I bring a blend of compassion and expertise to our sessions. Using approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Person-Centered techniques, I tailor our sessions to meet your unique needs and goals.

Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, body image issues, or low self-esteem, drug alcohol/addiction or grief.

I'm here to walk alongside you every step of the way. Together, we'll explore your experiences, unearth your strengths, and develop practical tools to help you thrive in all areas of your life.

Through counselling, you'll find a safe space to share your thoughts and feelings, receive unconditional support and discover the resources you need to overcome obstacles and create lasting positive change.

So if you're ready to take the next step towards a happier, healthier life, I invite you to reach out. Whether you prefer online sessions or face-to-face meetings, I'm here to help you overcome difficulties and continue growing and enjoying life.

Let's embark on this journey together. Your healing starts here.

Training, qualifications & experience

With over 20 years of hands-on experience specialising in drug addiction interventions, criminal interventions, and alcoholism, I bring extensive expertise to the table. My background includes working at a refuge for victims of domestic violence and supporting children in residential settings. I have also worked in rehabilitation supporting individuals through and into the recovery process. As a fully qualified person-centred counsellor, I've worked in mental health services and served as a recovery practitioner, assisting carers and families coping with serious mental illness.

Additionally, I've provided counselling for a charity dedicated to empowering women to seize control of their lives, surmount obstacles, and progress forward. Committed to upholding professional standards, I am insured and hold registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), adhering strictly to their ethical guidelines.

Continual professional development is integral to my practice, as evidenced by my regular participation in private clinical supervision, training courses, and workshops. This ongoing commitment ensures that I remain well-equipped to provide the highest quality of care to those I serve.

Qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) therapeutic counselling 
  • Certified in Mental Health and Addiction Behaviours
  • Certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
  • Transactional Analysis (TA), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • trauma certification program 
  • Certified in BACP Online Counselling
  •  Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Level 3 Certificate in lCounselling Skills.
  • Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts.
  • Suicide & self harm awareness. 
  • Full Indemnity Insurance.

Experience:

With over a decade of experience, I have specialized in trauma, domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse. I have also served as a public speaker in prisons and online platforms for addictions. Additionally, I have extensive experience working in residential children's homes dealing with complex needs.

Additional Expertise:

  • Extensive knowledge on the 12 Steps program/AA, NA, CA and OA.
  • Currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Counselling.
  •  interest in healing energy and provides hypnotherapy.

I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice, aiming to create a supportive and nurturing environment for individuals seeking healing and growth.

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.

Areas of counselling I deal with

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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

When I work

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Fellowship House, Southmoor Road, Hemsworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 4LX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

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Free car parking available.

Online platforms

Google Meet
Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom
Microsoft Teams

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Donna Thomas
Donna Thomas