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Sarah Thomson MA, UKCP Accredited

Ealing W5 & London W2
07929 606 293 07929 606 293 Registered / Accredited

About me

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.

About therapy
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?'

About me
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.

Getting started
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

Qualifications

  • 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.

Other qualifications

  • MA (Oxon) Modern History.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

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

UK Council for 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

Goal setting and accomplishment
Group facilitation
Life crisis, burnout
Life transitions, Leaving home, Parenting, Menopause, Empty nest, Ageing
Loss, grief
Self esteem, self worth, sense of self
Sensitivity, shyness, social anxiety
Working with dreams
Work/life balance

Fees

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.

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

My practice is currently fully booked and I do not expect to have availability to take on new clients before September 2020.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Sarah Thomson MA, UKCP Accredited

Sarah Thomson MA, UKCP Accredited