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Martina Thompson Dip. Couns. Registered Member BACP

About me

Are you having difficulty making sense of your personal and relational issues and what's troubling you? Do you need the time and space to be able to talk and explore aspects of you being listened to by a compassionate, reflective counsellor?

I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and work in a Person-centred way, basing the therapeutic relationship on warmth, honesty, care, respect and trust.  I strive to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment.  I recognise that you may be coming for counselling for a variety of reasons and you may be struggling to deal with the issues alone.  I understand the struggles and blocks we all encounter as human beings.  Together we can identify patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviour which may be contributing to your current difficulties.

I draw on a number of approaches as and when I feel they might be appropriate and helpful, e.g. Psychodynamic (examining our past), Attachment, Gestalt, Existential (examining purpose and meaning in living) and CBT (examining our thought patterns).

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (registration no. 380044), whose ethical framework and guidelines I adhere to (www.bacp.co.uk).

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Level 3 in Counselling Studies.

I have volunteered for several charities such as Counselling Initiatives, Change, Grow Live (drug and alcohol support) and The Mulberry Centre, a cancer support centre attached to West Middlesex Hospital as a counsellor and have experience of working with a diverse range of issues such as trauma, stress, addiction, anxiety, O.C.D, low self-esteem, self-hatred, self-harm, lack of confidence, eating disorder, depression, bereavement, loss and grief, loneliness, isolation and unexplained sadness.

I offer both short and long term counselling.

I undertake regular continuing professional development courses in order to maintain my skills and knowledge.  The training I have participated in has included Counselling/Therapy and 12 Step Programmes - Exploring the Synergy of Therapeutic Process and 12 Step Recovery, Introduction to Tender Loving Care, LOGOS: Meaning & Purpose of Hardship in 2020 and Body Therapy: Working with the unsaid, the sensed and the unknown.  I also attend monthly supervision.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

The initial consultation : £25

Counselling sessions : £50

I also offer a limited number of low cost spaces.  Please contact me for details and availability.

Each session lasts for 50 minutes.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Further information

What happens next?

If you have any questions or would like to book a initial consultation, then please get in touch with me.  You can either call or text me on 07868606330 or click here to send me an email.

How I work

Once you have been in contact we will arrange a initial consultation where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions about whether counselling will be of benefit to you, and we will explore your concerns, needs and expectations.  Should you decide to go forward with counselling then we will agree a regular day and time for the sessions, normally on a weekly basis. The number of sessions we hold will be determined by you.  We will review our work together at mutually agreed intervals and if I feel it more appropriate for a referral to be made elsewhere this is something we can discuss.

Where i work

I work privately in a dedicated and comfortable counselling room in Twickenham TW1.

Parking:  Car parking is available for all centre users.

Nearest Bus Stop:  close to bus routes H22, H37, R33, R68, R70 and 490.

Nearest Train Station:  within walking distance of St Magaret's station.

100 Heath Road
Twickenham
TW1 4BW

ETNA Community Centre
13 Rosslyn Road
Twickenham
TW1 2AR

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

Availability

Monday - Friday daytime and evening.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Martina Thompson Dip.  Couns.  Registered Member BACP

Martina Thompson Dip. Couns. Registered Member BACP