Dr Dorothy Thompsett
Do you sometimes feel trapped or lost in your life? Do you have frustrating habits, struggle with relationships, feel numb and detached, or the opposite: become overwhelmed by powerful emotions that sabotage your plans? Perhaps you feel as if your past is running (and ruining) your life today.
I offer a safe place for your emotions and your deepest secrets. Over time, together, we can can go on a shared expedition to understand yourself and the roots of your behaviour and open up to more freedom and choice. Therapy can bring significant changes to your life, greater acceptance of self and others, more freedom from destructive patterns, better relationships, and less anxiety, changes that are likely to have a long-term impact.
I am experienced in working with both adults and young people, face-to-face, on the phone and online. I am warm and trustworthy, confident, knowledgable and calm. I can be consistently alongside you as we learn to gently unpick your actions, physical symptoms and emotional states so that you can begin to develop self compassion and mastery.
Please call or email me to set up an initial phone or zoom chat where we can discuss what you want to get out of therapy; if you wish to continue we will then set up a second session, before arranging to meet weekly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified person-centred counsellor with a postgraduate certificate in art psychotherapy. I have a Doctorate and a Masters in expressive art. I have experience and training working with children and adults, both face-to-face and online. I offer both traditional 'talk therapy' or we can work more 'expressively' if you wish. Sessions may take place on zoom, on the phone or in person.
I have worked in schools, prisons, drug and alcohol services. As well as working privately, I currently work for an inner city low cost counselling service that helps people with depression, phobias, low self-esteem, panic attacks and anxiety as well as other painful issues. I am a professional member of the BACP and follow their guidelines and ethical framework. Before retraining I was a professional artist and university lecturer, working and exhibiting in the UK and abroad.
For me personally, embarking on therapy many years ago represented a turning point that profoundly changed my relationship with myself, the world and the people around me. Looking back, it was a courageous move that signalled my first step towards becoming truly open to others and to my own vulnerabilities. Rilke writes,
"Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I can offer either remote sessions on zoom or phone or face-to-face sessions in the Gather Rooms in Lewes. The Gather Rooms are lovingly created healing spaces set within an old farm building and surrounded by nature. Skylights maximise the amount of natural daylight coming into the rooms and a mix of indoor plants, cushions and rugs help to create a sense of warmth and safety.