About me

I believe that honesty and trust are key qualities in a therapeutic relationship. I am committed to providing counselling in a warm, safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem trauma, relationship difficulties, addiction issues or bereavement, we can explore your concerns and worries together so that you gain a better understanding of yourself with an increased sense of well-being.

I do offer a free initial consultation session. Our first meeting will be a discussion of what brings you to therapy and what you hope to get out of it. Should you then choose to engage in therapy, we will agree an initial timeframe to work towards and review your progress regularly.  I work with clients from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. To make appointment times as convenient as possible for you, I can arrange to meet with you in a morning, afternoon or evening to suit your weekly routine. 

I'm based in Shooters Hill in southeast London, convenient for Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich, Plumstead and Welling.  I also work online via Zoom.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me. If we decide that you may need another type of support, I can help you find it.

Why Counselling?

‘We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are’ – Anais Nin

Counselling provides a unique and safe space for us to explore our feelings and thoughts, as well as share the difficulties that we are currently experiencing. It involves investigating ‘the self’ – looking at our cognitions, emotions and experiences and coming to understand and accept how the events from our childhoods have influenced the way we live today.

If we begin to understand and accept ourselves, we may be able to find different ways of coping with previously distressing or unmanageable thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I work in a relational way; therapy being a constantly evolving, open and mutual process in which the therapeutic relationship becomes a ‘gateway’ into a different way of relating to others and ourselves.

Through regular therapy you will be able to explore your ‘inner world' and become increasingly conscious of how your unique experience has shaped who you are. This awareness is key to helping you grow in confidence, getting to know yourself at a deeper level and feeling secure in the choices and changes you make in your life. 

We explore the past to understand the present to change the future.

Professional Standards and Confidentiality

As a fully qualified member of the British Association Of Counsellors and Psychotherapists:

- I have Professional Liability Insurance
- I have DBS clearance
- I undertake counselling supervision
- I adhere to the BACP code of ethics
- I fully respect your confidentiality, and all of your interactions with me will be confidential

Experience

I have a lot of experience working with a broad range of people from all backgrounds, cultures and ages. I have worked in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for many years, so I have a lot of experience with addiction, compulsive behaviours, anxiety and depression.These are some of the other issues that have come up for people who I have worked with:

- Childhood trauma, including family and relationship issues
- Anger management/ Coping with overwhelming emotions
- Loss of purpose or belief in life
- Poor self-esteem or lack of confidence
- Loss of identity
- Workplace strife
- Addiction, ranging from physical addictions, like alcoholism, through to behavioural ones, such as gambling or sex

Whatever your issues are, we can work together to work out what will help you to feel more present and in control of your life.

Contact

You can get in touch with me by emailing:

leethomastherapy@gmail.com
 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Distinction)
  • BACP Accredited Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care
  • Support Worker, Group Facilitator and One-to-One Counsellor in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre
  • Volunteer Counsellor at Mind, the Mental Health Charity

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

Shooter's Hill:

  • £50 per 50 minute session

Via Zoom:

  • £45 per 50 minute session

Availability

I am available on Monday to Friday between 9am and 7pm, and on Saturday between 9am and 1pm.

Shooter's Hill
London
SE18

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults