Emma Thomson,UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Emma Thomson,UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor

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Friends Meeting House
Lower Friargate


07709 710385

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About me

Welcome. You have bravely taken the first step towards discovering therapy. Now you need to find the right therapist to work with, to inspire and support you.

My practice is called Grow Your Potential, because I believe it’s never too late to change your life for the better. We all have an amazing ability to learn, grow and become who we were meant to be. We just need to plant the seed to see what we are truly capable of.

Whatever you are dealing with, I strive to offer a calm and supportive space that allows you to explore your thoughts and feelings safely. I help people dealing with all kinds of issues to feel their feelings, and come to a new understanding of who they are.

As well as gently exploring past and current situations, which may have contributed to how you are feeling, we will also explore what makes you unique as a human being and how this might help you build a brighter future.

Issues I work with include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Life crisis and change
  • Search for meaning/purpose
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Relationships
  • Grief and loss
  • Chronic illness and terminal diagnosis
  • Returning to work after a mental health issue or bullying

If you want to know what to expect from psychotherapy then just give me a call or come and meet me for an informal assessment, we can then decide whether we want to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Training and qualifications:

Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London (5 year training)

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 for over 20 years. I am trained in Mindfulness, Mentoring, Coaching, Compassion Focused Therapy and Group Therapy. I have worked in both the Higher and Further education sector as a coach and mentor.

I have undertaken a course in Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and work with a variety of EAP's to deliver work place counselling. I specialise in helping return to work with anxiety and depression.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

What have I worked with?

Anxiety is something I specialise in helping many of my clients with, I use mindfulness techniques and Compassion Focused Therapy to give my clients practical techniques to help them. Anxiety may be connected to a past or present trauma, a lack of confidence in yourself and your abilities or life changing occurrences such as illness, loss, bereavement or divorce.

Other typical areas I work with in my practice include addictions, eating disorders, depression, surviving abuse, suicidal thoughts, redundancy and loss of meaning.

I have worked at York St John University as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor for students and The Tuke Centre at the Retreat in York. I teach Mindfulness to clients and run group therapy.

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  • Therapy Room


Individual Psychotherapy for adults (over 16):

£50 for the initial assessment and weekly sessions.

We would have an initial assessment so we can meet and discuss what you want to get out of psychotherapy and to see whether we want to work together.

**Pay for four sessions at the beginning of the month and get £5 off your fourth session**

Further information

My counselling practice:

If you wanted to explore individual or group therapy, then I would be pleased to hear from you.

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

Maps & Directions

York, YO1 9RL
Haxby, YO32

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: German


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

There is a lift to my therapy space in York and one step to my practice room in Haxby


Monday to Thursday daytime and evening appointments in central York and Haxby.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme