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Libby Thornton - Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Supervisor

St Albans AL2 & Berkhamsted HP4
07957 872674 07957 872674

About me

Deeply empathetic, intuitive but dynamic and passionate, I am creative and robust in my work. Establishing a relationship based on respect and understanding is of the utmost importance. After 22 years as a therapist and 30 as a Health Visitor I have had a varied work experiences and am able to create a safe environment where we can explore any difficulties you are facing.

My theoretical framework is psychodynamic although I use systemic and CBT approaches and techniques also. The Counselling for Depression refresher course reminded me of the strength of a Rogerian approach. I feel this combines well with my knowledge base from my Psychology and Nursing Degree, creating a way of working, which is grounded, holding and analytical but very real.

Currently in my private practice I offer both short and long term individual therapy, once or twice a week. I can work face to face, Facetime ,on the phone ,Zoom or skype. I am confident in making home visits. I am experienced in running group therapy as well as supervision for students and qualified counsellors.

I have worked in a variety of settings. At the Counselling centre I was part of the assessment team as well as working short term with many contracts, and holding long-term clients. Now I am working with charities, GP’s as well in the NHS. Running a Postnatal Depression Group for 10 years has been deeply satisfying for me and fruitful and effective for the women. The evaluations contained statements such as;

"Amazing"

”Don’t know how you get to the heart of it so quickly”

”Thank you for helping me get my life back”.

Training, qualifications & experience

My theoretical framework is psychodynamic although I use systemic and CBT approaches and techniques also. The Counselling for Depression refresher course reminded me of the strength of a Rogerian approach. I feel this combines well with my knowledge base from my Psychology and Nursing Degree, creating a way of working, which is grounded, holding and analytical but very real.

My 5 years at The Westminster Pastoral Foundation led to an Advanced Diploma (graduate equivalent) and in addition I undertook Short Term Psychotherapy and Solution Focused therapy courses. I also qualified with a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2010. I completed my BACP accreditation in 2006 and am now completed two further accreditations. VIG or video interactive guidance therapy is based on attachment theory, working with the quality of  attentiveness, reciprocity and attunement. The therapy records the interaction between infants and children and their caregivers. Together we analyse these interactions and consider changes which can make enormous differences to family and individual lives. Mothers can feel empowered by the process and deeply moved by what they see and experience. It is a privilege to be helping this change to happen.

Counselling for Depression and accreditation through the Colchester Institute gave me additional ways of working with depression. Working for this accreditation has focused on a Humaunistic approach and I now use this in my IAPT work at a London Hospital.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adaptation to parenthood.
Philosophical issues such as the loss of purpose and giving meaning to life.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

£60 per session for individual work

Supervision £50 per hour

Concessions considered    Key workers £40 per session or call for further reduction

Students please call to discuss fees

VIG work please call to discuss

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

I believe therapy works because we want our lives to be different, we can be resourceful and we have the power to change. This can come about as we talk about feelings which are causing distress or confusion. Such feelings can impact on everyday life, influencing how we see the world and relate to others. Such feelings may track back to earlier times in your life and you may feel have become a part of you. You may wonder how you can ever feel different. However gently uncovering layers, can help you see yourself and others in a new light and help you respond differently. Whilst insight can be like a light bulb moment I feel that the shared journey, we will take together, is equally significant. Better and deeper relationships can come from this.

Enthusiasm, energy but also understanding are the hallmarks of my work.

Wheelchair access available.

Woodcutters Cottage
Hemel Hempstead Road
Dagnall
Berkhamsted
HP4 1QR

The Oakridge Practice
244 Radlett Road
Colney Street
St Albans
Herts
AL2 2EN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair access .Please message to confirm arrangements -I am able to assist .

Availability

At present I can offer both daytime and have a few evening appointments available. I work weekdays, contact over weekend by agreement.

Types of client

Children
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

Having been qualified as a therapist for 20 years I have experienced many types of supervision .I offer an open space to consider the work , we will work from the feelings brought underpinned by theory and understanding.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Libby Thornton - Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Supervisor

Libby Thornton - Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Supervisor