Sarah Thomson MA, UKCP Accredited
Experienced therapist working with individuals and couples who want to make changes in their lives, understand themselves more clearly, and live more fully and effectively, connected to a sense of purpose and direction.
People often find therapy helpful at times of change, including changes at work, in relationships, or in geographic location, as well as the transitions that inevitably occur at each stage of our passage through life. Sometimes a life crisis can provide a springboard, opening up opportunities to reconnect with something more essential in us. Therapy can provide a space to process feelings about facing endings and loss, and to facilitate the emergence of new beginnings.
Therapy can be especially helpful in providing a safe and confidential framework within which to explore questions about individual identity and relatedness; questions like 'How can I free myself to live more fully, more effectively, and in greater connection with others?' or 'How can I be in relationship without losing myself?'
I aim to tailor the way I work to the particular issues and personal style of each individual client or couple, drawing on the research, insights and methods of a range of psychotherapeutic approaches. My style is sensitive, empathic and facilitative, aiming to create a safe space for each client's exploration, and enabling clients to connect with something deeper and more potentially transformative than can be accessed by rational mind alone.
My work is informed by my life experience as a manager and policy advisor in the senior civil service, and as a mother of two children, now grown up. As a member of the staff team at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London W2 (www.ccpe.org.uk), I am reminded on a daily basis of the wonderfully multi-layered diversity of human nature and the life-affirming value of the inner journey of self-exploration and understanding.
Where I work
I work with individuals and couples face to face at two locations, in London W2 near Paddington, and in Ealing W5 near Pitshanger Lane.
In London W2 I am based at CCPE, Beauchamp Lodge, 2, Warwick Crescent. It is a short walk from Paddington and Warwick Avenue Stations, and from bus stops on Bishops Bridge Road. There is free parking after 6.30pm and metered parking nearby during the day.
In Ealing W5, I am based in Queens Walk. The E2 and E9 buses stop nearby in Pitshanger Lane and the 297 and E10 stop near Mount Avenue at the top of Queens Walk. There is free parking on Queens Walk and in neighbouring streets.
We meet for an initial consultation to start with, and, if it feels right for us to work together, then we will set our goals for the work and meet normally on a weekly basis either for a fixed number of sessions or under a more open-ended arrangement with review points at agreed intervals.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), Maida Vale, London W2
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy from a Spiritual Perspective, CCPE
- Diploma in Supervision, CCPE
- Postgraduate Certificate in the Role of Dreams in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Guidance, CCPE.
- Diploma in Transpersonal Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy, CCPE
- Accredited member of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
- MA (Oxon) Modern History.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Goal setting and accomplishment
Life crisis, burnout
Life transitions, Leaving home, Parenting, Menopause, Empty nest, Ageing
Self esteem, self worth, sense of self
Sensitivity, shyness, social anxiety
Working with dreams
My fee for individuals in London W2 is £70 per 50 minute session. In London W5 my fee is £65.
My fee for couples in London W2 is £90 for a 50 minute session or £125 for a one and a half hour session. In London W5 my fee for couples is £80 for a 50 minute session or £115 for one and a half hours.