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Susan Tomlinson PG Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy; MBACP, UKCP

London W1K & SW2
07986 647 317 Registered / Accredited
London W1K & SW2

About me

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.

My Background

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 detox course, for those working in the creative industries, which recently launched at Soho House.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Emigrating

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Fees

50 minute sessions: £75-95 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 bank transfer or cash.

Further information

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.

I am also particularly interested in working with eco anxiety and to exploring the emotional and psychological impact of living with our present environmental emergency.

Yoga Point
122 Dalberg Road
Brixton
London
SW2 1AP

The Library Rooms
67 Grosvenor Street
Central London
London
W1K 3JN

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

Evenings and week days

Types of client

Adults
Susan Tomlinson PG Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy; MBACP, UKCP

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