Liz Thomas BACP/UKCP accredited psychotherapist and counsellor
I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals (adults and young people aged 16 plus) I also work with couples providing relationship and sex therapy. I am accredited by both the BACP and UKCP and a member of the College for Relationship and Sex Therapy (COSRT).
I work from a Psychodynamic perspective and integrate other modalities dependent on the type of therapy required. For example, sex therapy is CBT orientated whereas my individual work would be more analytical in emphasis.
There are many different approaches to therapy which can at times seem overwhelming and confusing, so please feel free to contact me for an informal chat to discuss if what I offer might be suitable for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
2003; Westminster Pastoral Foundation, London (Roehampton University); Psychodynamic psychotherapist. I am a professional member of the Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).
2004 -2014; Further specialist training with young people firstly at the Wimbledon Guild Youth Service, the Valley Trust Schools service and Relate as a young peoples counsellor. I am currently part of the counselling team at a secondary high school in Central London.
2012; The London Diploma of Relationship and Sex therapy (Middlesex University) followed by the completion of the third year Advanced Diploma (2013)
In the past 10 years I have worked as a supervisor for the counselling psychology training at Roehampton University and have run supervision groups for 3 youth agencies. My formal supervision training was with Wpf (2019) and I continue to update my practice with regular continuing professional development including most recently adding EMDR to my portfolio.
I have worked with students of the profession seeking personal therapy for training requirements.
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.
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Young people: £50
Appointments are offered during weekdays and weekday evenings and last 50 minutes.
Concessions are sometimes available dependent on circumstances.
An exploratory initial session is offered to begin with as a way of assessing whether the type of service I offer is appropriate to your needs and an opportunity for you to determine if I would be the right person to work with you.
I firmly believe that a good outcome in therapy is achieved if you feel safe and comfortable with the person you will be working with. Endeavouring to develop a relationship in which you feel you can trust and be known is an essential part of the therapeutic journey.
I abide by the code of ethics of my professional bodies and have full insurance to practice.