I work integratively and collaboratively, that is to say I draw on different psychological therapies, including CBT, Narrative and Attachment ideas and techniques, depending on the challenges and stories brought into the therapy room by the client(s). I work within an overarching Systemic framework which pays special attention to supporting individuals, couples and families to find the strengths of their relationships so as to make disturbing symptoms less problematic. It is not just about problems however, Systemic therapy is built on a bedrock of hope, focusing on resilience and resourcefulness.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am Lydia Thomson, a family and couples Psychotherapist with an MA in Systemic Psychotherapy from the Tavistock NHS trust and initial training in Psychoanalytic studies. I have 15 years experience of working in the mental health sector with adults, adolescents and families, within a clinical setting, in schools and for the youth offending service. I currently work in an Early Intervention service as a joint Clinical lead. I am passionate about my work and compassionate, approachable and supportive. I have a lot of experience with teenagers, including parenting 3 of my own, and I love working with this age group, providing a safe, collaborative and non-judgemental environment in which to explore difficulties. I am a member of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy).
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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
Concessions offered for
•Individual Assessment & Therapy (50 minutes) - £80
•Couples Assessment & Therapy (50 minutes) - £90
•Family Assessment & Therapy (50 minutes) - £120
•Clinical Supervision (50 minutes) - £60
•Sessions via Zoom or Telephone (50 minutes) - £70
•Home Visits - £150
Selecting a therapist can be confusing and commiting to therapy can feel overwhelming so please contact me to arrange a free telephone consultation.
I work Mondays and Tuesdays 9 am - 9 pm
Please contact me for an initial free consultation. I offer telephone and Zoom sessions and also face to face appointments in a lovely counselling room in East Dulwich, South East London.