Emma Thomson

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York YO32 & YO1
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About me

Welcome to "Grow Your Potential Psychotherapy & Counselling".

I believe we all have an amazing ability to develop and become who we were truly meant to be, we just need to plant the seed of change to see what is really possible in our lives!

Since you are reading this page, I imagine you would like some aspects of your life to be different, and you are wondering if I, or psychotherapy, can help you. 

Your concerns might be about difficult feelings that are overwhelming you and affecting your work, relationships and life in general.

You may be experiencing anxiety, sadness or depression and finding things challenging at the moment.

Perhaps you are newly diagnosed, or are exploring whether you have ADHD, ADD or Autism.

You may want space to discuss this with someone who is Neurodiverse informed and affirming, helping you to develop life strategies. 

Or you may be coming to terms with a loss or trauma in your life, looking for a way to process it and see a way forward.  

Life can be challenging and if you are currently finding it difficult, then you are not alone. 

By talking to someone who has been specially trained to listen and respond in a non judgemental way, you can help find some clarity and learn to manage difficult emotions.

Our work together will help you feel more centred in your life, whilst also giving you the momentum to reach forward and make the most of your future.

So why choose me?

I have over 13 years of experience as a Psychotherapist. I support my clients by providing a practical, tailored approach, aiming to improve their mental health in the long term.

Many Counsellors on this directory have years of experience. The difference if you choose Psychotherapy is, we will go deeper into your history, reaching the heart of your issues and making sense of patterns of behaviours. 

My aim is for my clients not to need me at the end of our work together! 

Alongside Psychotherapy, I have many years experience as a coach and mentor, working with young people in higher education to develop their potential. 

I was also a mentor and coach in a business environment. I understand these environments very well and can help you integrate back in to work after physical or emotional illness. 

I am specially trained in Compassion Focused Therapy, to support those with anxiety (all forms), working with you to help you understand the root of your anxiety and to manage it effectively in the long term. 

I have a specific interest and training in working with those who identify as Neurodiverse.

I provide specialist support to manage the challenges of life and ways to develop life strategies, helping you to embrace who you truly are. 

I also offer ongoing support to women approaching or going through the menopause, which can be a difficult time for some. I work with two charities to deliver group and individual therapy. 

Please visit my website for more information on how I work, my up to date blog: "On My Mind" and free online meditations and podcasts. Link at the top of the page. 

If any of this resonates with you do get in touch, I am more than happy to talk about how psychotherapy works and how it can help you, or someone you care about. 

We can then arrange a first conversation so we can discuss your needs and what you want to get from therapy. 

I work with individuals on line in the UK, Europe and face to face in York and Haxby. 

Look forward to hearing from you. 


Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Postgraduate Diploma a in Adult Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London (5 year training).

I have been practising for over 12 years; working with couples, individuals and in groups. 

I am Accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I abide by the UKCP code of ethics, which includes undertaking regular clinical supervision and further professional development.  I hold full Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Before training in Psychotherapy, I was a Trainer and Coach and I am trained to deliver:  Mindfulness, Mentoring, Business Coaching, Menopause Mentoring, Compassion Focused Therapy, Neurodiversity,  Women's Circles, Group Therapy.

I have worked in both the Higher and Further education sector as a coach and mentor with young people, specialising in working with those with ADHD, ADD and Autism. 

I have undertaken a course in Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and work with a variety of employee schemes to deliver work place counselling, specialising in helping return to work with anxiety and depression.

I have further training to provide Menopause Coaching; supporting women through this important stage in life. 

Neurodiversity and supporting those who are neurodivurgent, is something I am really passionate about. Whatever your neuro type, I am happy to support you; post, pre diagnosis or self identifying. 

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Anxiety is something I specialise in helping many of my clients with; using Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy to give my clients practical techniques to help manage their condition and reach forward in life. 

I have worked at York St John University as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor for students with neurodiversity and anxiety and The Tuke Centre at the Retreat in York.

Neurodiverse clients are extremely welcome to contact me for support in their lives, either as a Mentor or Psychotherapist.  I have Postgraduate training to help me understand some of the issues but I fully appreciate everyone's neurodiversity is completely unique and I will be led by you and your needs. 

I teach Mindfulness to clients, run women's circles and run group therapy and wellbeing courses in the business and not for profit sector. 

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£55.00 - £65.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I provide individual therapy for adults and young people (over 18).

Concessions are available for trainee Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychologists.

Happy to answer any questions you may have before you book in for a first session. 

When I work

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When you contact me please let me know your availability for weekly appointment, Mon-Thurs from 9.30am to 7pm. 

My York practice is full at the moment. Haxby and online availability. 

Further information

My counselling practice:

If you wanted to explore therapy I would be pleased to hear from you and would be more than happy to discuss how therapy can help you in your life. 

You can contact me by the e-mail button on the bottom right.

My website has lots of information on psychotherapy, how I work, my blog and free resources for you to try.

Contact me today and we can arrange an initial free conversation on the phone (or online if you prefer) to discuss your needs.

York, North Yorkshire, YO32

York (Friargate) P M Religious Society of Friends, Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York, YO1 9RL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Ground floor practice room

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Online platforms

Google Meet
Microsoft Teams


Emma Thomson
Emma Thomson