Susan Tomlinson PG Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy; MBACP, UKCP
Taking that first step to therapy can feel daunting, but talking to someone who isn’t involved with your everyday life can help you untangle your thoughts and feelings and find much needed space to reflect and make changes in your life.
Like going to the gym, or eating healthy food, mental health is similar to our physical health—it needs looking after.
How I work
My approach to counselling is both collaborative and down to earth. Together, we'll clarify the issues, and develop a way of working unique to you. Perhaps you have a specific issue to unpack, and you'd like a few sessions and practical tools to help, or it may be you'd like support exploring more intense life changes, so moving through difficult feelings to create a new way of being means working together over a longer period of time.
It's all about finding a way of working that best suits you.
I use a variety of approaches, based on my training and experience of different types of therapy. Along side the more traditional talking therapies, I integrate the creative imagination, the body and mindfulness techniques, as I believe we have within us the innate knowledge of what we need to heal and engage in life more fully.
I believe counselling is essentially about getting to know, like and trust ourselves, so we can weather life’s inevitable ups and downs. It is not about fixing who we are, but more reframing and reclaiming who we want to be.
Areas of Speciality
I work with a variety of issues but my areas of speciality include anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, stress and relationship difficulties, both in personal life - and at work.
I was a BBC TV producer and print journalist before training as a psychotherapist so I bring to my work an awareness of the challenges associated with working in both a creative and corporate environment. Because of this one of my areas of interest is workplace stress and burn out and I have recently designed a stress management course, particularly for those working in the creative industries.
I also create and run workshops on a variety of topics from the Psychology of Money to Motherspace - a support group for mums to reconnect with themselves away from the pressures of motherhood.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education. (CCPE)
The CCPE is a centre for integrative and transpersonal training and is a registered organisation of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am an accredited CCPE psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and am subject to their Professional Conduct procedure.
I've previously worked at The Maudsley Hospital The Tree of Life programme; the Cardinal Hume, a homeless charity in Pimlico; Freshstart, a counselling and psychotherapy service at the CCPE in Little Venice; The Caravan, a drop-in counselling service in Piccadilly, and Trinity Hospice in Clapham. I did my psychiatric placement at The Maudsley Hospital, in Camberwell, London.
I also hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in history and music.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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50 minute sessions: £70-90 depending on location, or time of day.
A lower fee may be negotiable for those on lower incomes or who are unemployed.
Payment is by either BACS, cash or cheque.
I am a New Zealander who has been living in London for 25 years, so I appreciate the issues associated with emigrating and living far away from home!
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Evenings and week days
Types of client