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Emma Thomson UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Haxby YO32 & York YO1
07709 710385 07709 710385 07709710387 07709710387 Registered / Accredited

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 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 we are truly capable of. I help people dealing with all kinds of issues to feel their feelings, and come to a new understanding of who they are.

I am offering on-line, phone and 'walk and talk' therapy during these difficult times.  The outdoor therapy is a great way to help you relax and open up, whilst enjoying your surroundings. The movement of the body can help to process emotions and the side by side position can take the pressure off face to face talking.

Issues I work with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Search for meaning & purpose in life
  • Relationships
  • Grief and loss
  • Cancer support

If you want to know what to expect from Psychotherapy then contact me to arrange an informal assessment, we can then decide whether we want to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Training and qualifications:

I have over 8 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. 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 with young people.

I am trained to deliver 'Walk and Talk' therapy, using nature and the wonderful outdoors to heal and help you find your joy.

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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Individual Psychotherapy for adults (over 16):

£50 for the initial assessment and weekly sessions. I offer concessions for Trainee Counsellors, please ask me about this.

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

Along with on-line and phone appointments I also offer walk and talk therapy, where we work outside during a lovely walk in central York or Haxby.

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

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

P M Religious Society Of Friends
Friends Meeting House


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages German


Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday daytime and evening appointments.

All my appointments are currently conducted on on-line, phone or walk and talk in local parks in York and Haxby.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Emma Thomson UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Emma Thomson UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor

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