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About me

I am an accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor with over 10 years of experience. My practice is called Grow Your Own Potential, because I believe we all have an amazing ability to learn, grow and become who we were truly meant to be.  We just need to plant the seed of change, to see what is possible in our lives.

Therapy can provide you with a place to open about difficult feelings and give you time to grieve for past or current losses. It can provide tools to help you feel more centred and peaceful in your life, giving you the momentum to reach forward and make the most of your life. 

I offer support with; depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-defeating beliefs, eating issues, bereavement, relationship/family issues, or anything else which may be causing you concern and holding you back in your life.

Therapy will help you to feel your feelings and come to a deeper understanding of who you are. Hopefully finding an increased compassion for your whole-self and what makes you unique.

Please visit my website or contact me for more information on how I work, for my up to date blog and free online meditations and podcasts. The link is at the bottom of page.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Training and qualifications:

I have over 10 years of Psychotherapeutic experience. A Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling from the 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 and 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 with young people.

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

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

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.

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.

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 for bereavement.

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From £45.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual Psychotherapy for adults (over 18)

£50 for 50 minutes, on-line session using Skype. 

£60 for 50 minutes, face to face appointment in Haxby or York 

£70 for 60 minutes, 'Walk and Talk' therapy (available March to Sept only)

You would book an initial 15 minute phone call, to discuss what you need from counselling and how we would work together. 

After this we would decide if we want to work together in weekly sessions.

Contact me today if you have any questions and to book the initial phone discussion today. 


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

When you contact me please let me know your availability for a 50 minute, weekly appointment, Mon-Thurs 9.30am to 6pm.

I can then check whether I can accommodate you.

Further information

My counselling practice:

If you wanted to explore individual or group therapy, then I would be pleased to hear from you and would be 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 15 minute conversation on the phone to discuss your needs.



Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

Ground floor practice room

Additional languages


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Emma Thomson UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Emma Thomson UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor