Heather Thomas Adv Dip MBACP (Accred.)

Heather Thomas Adv Dip MBACP (Accred.)

Welwyn Garden City

St Albans

0795 7260414

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About me

Counselling is an investment in yourself. It can be used for working through specific difficulties or issues such as personal development or aligning yourself to who you're meant to be when life has gone off track. It is a time and space to share your innermost feelings and problems with someone to start to unravel and understand thoughts and feelings, to grieve losses, and to build resilience towards life's challenges.  

In my practice I offer both short term counselling or long term, open ended therapy. Short term counselling can be used to focus on anxiety and depression and open ended psychotherapy is more suitable for a deeper exploration and more thorough review of your life. I also provide cognitive behaviour therapy which brings a fresh approach to negative thinking and promotes positive changes and alteration in a person's thought processes using CBT tools and techniques.  Each approach is collaborative and flexible where individuals can experience a non-judgemental, confidential environment which enables them to explore the difficulties and challenges they have encountered over their life.

I work psychodynamically, facilitating a process of exploring how the past can affect current relationships, to enable a person to reassess and begin the journey of change. The work often uncovers unprocessed painful experiences which may be adversely impacting the present. These may manifest through depression, anxiety, or unhappiness in relationships either personally or in the workplace. Often a person's emotional experience may be communicated through symptoms in the physical body. The opportunity to be heard and understood alleviates the anxiety that accompanies these physical symptoms, resulting in better health and wellbeing. The areas of work which I have experience in are as follows:

  • Persistent depression
  • Feelings of emptiness, dread or boredom
  • Bereavement and loss of a loved one
  • Diagnosis of illness
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Loss or bereavement that feels increasingly more difficult to cope with as time goes by
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, physical restlessness
  • Constant rumination or chatter in the mind and unwanted thoughts
  • Difficulties in understanding thoughts and feelings with the arrival of a new baby, or post natal depression
  • Sleep problems which may include insomnia or nightmares
  • Addictive relationships with alcohol, drugs, painkillers, sex, internet use, gambling and overeating
  • Family relationships

I have worked for the NHS as a counsellor/psychotherapist in primary care for several years, with many presenting issues and with a diversity of nationalities. My work is supervised by a BACP Senior Accredited Psychotherapist and I regularly attend professional development seminars to ensure that my practice offers the best informed care and up to date psychoanalytical thinking.

I adhere to a strict code of ethics and I am regulated by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). The ethical guidelines and practices of the BACP to which I am bound can be viewed via their website www.bacp.co.uk.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • WPF Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Counselling Foundation BACP Accredited Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy Training with the Anna Freud Centre
  • Counselling for Depression Training with Nottingham University
  • WPF Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • 13 years working within the counselling and coaching field
  • Clinical affiliate for Employee Assistance Programmes
  • Step 3 High Intensity Psychological Therapist for IAPT services (NHS)
  • 25 years experience working in business, publishing, finance and administration
  • Diploma in Business and Language Studies London University
  • Certificate in Couple Counselling Tavistock Relationships
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy with The UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy an approach used by psychologists in hospitals and a course recognised by the BPS

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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£50.00 for a 50 minute therapy session (plus a few assisted/affordable spaces available)

£55.00 for a 50 minute CBT session

£70.00 for a 50 minute couples therapy session

Maps & Directions

Welwyn Garden City, AL7
St Albans, AL4

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes


Monday to Friday daytime and weekday evening appointments

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme