Thomas Hepburn Dip CBT, Mem BABCP, COSCA Registered Counsellor
I'm a CBT therapist and I work in an honest and respectful way. I offer a number of different ways of helping people manage their difficulties. I can offer you time and a comfortable space to help work through those difficulties.
I have been qualified as a CBT therapist for the last 14 years and I have been employed by the NHS as CBT therapist for 11 years. I have worked consistently over that period of time delivering somewhere in the region of 4 - 5000 hours of therapy.
How therapy works
I believe in order for therapy to be effective we as therapists need to be able to listen and hear the person as this can all to often be lost in favour of technique and what the “expert” thinks the person needs.
Listening to what you are going through is the first part of treatment, things become easier to manage when you have space to see them more clearly - consider things in your life you have struggled with from day to day problems to perhaps bigger issues. How did you feel about those things when you had time and the opportunity to think about them more clearly?
What to expect
The first session is an opportunity for us to begin to formulate your particular difficulties into a treatment plan to help find the best ways to move forward. I am happy to have an informal chat with you about how therapy works but if you prefer you can drop me an e-mail. I am also happy to provide telephone sessions.
I am trained as a CBT therapist but I often draw upon different therapeutic models to help people. Being able to draw on different ways of working is valuable in helping you feel better which is always the primary focus of my therapy work.
Training, qualifications & experience
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (1 year)
COSCA Validated Diploma in CBT (2 years)
1 year Certificate in Clinical Skills (1 year)
HNC in Learning & Development (1 year)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Internet pornography relating to erectile dysfunction.
Rumination Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RFCBT)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
My fees are £45 per hour.
I am happy to negotiate my fees for students in full time education and folk on lower income.
Telephone sessions £35 per hour.
A Little Bit Of Background About Me
Before qualifying as a therapist I worked with the rough sleeping community for 2.5 years providing help and support to people with social and psychological needs. I also worked for 3 years with mental health crisis services with the focus being on helping people with complex needs as well as self harm and suicide. I also worked with young people at Barnardos for 1 year. I started off life in the manufacturing sector. My areas of interest are varied but I especially enjoy working in the field of anxiety disorders.
What I Value Most
I value being listened to so I always do my best to listen. I value others taking time to understand me so I always try my best to understand other people. I value people being kind to me so I always try to be compassionate. I value people being honest with me so in turn I always try to be honest with others. I value what I offer.
What to Do Next
Please feel free to give me a call, text or e-mail to find out more about what I do and if you think it is something that can help and you feel comfortable with then we can arrange an appointment that best suits you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday 9am - 7pm Saturday 10am - 2pm
Types of client