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Tom Anderson, (BABCP) Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practitioner.

Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 3AZ
07788 684175 07788 684175 Registered / Accredited

About me

* THIS SERVICE IS STILL AVAILABLE DURING PRESENT RESTRICTIONS - THERAPY BEING DELIVERED REMOTELY VIA PHONE or SKYPE> Hello, I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner. I offer a responsive service to people experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), phobias, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), worry & GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) and other life stresses including those linked to work difficulties, loss and relationship issues.

As part of the initial assessment appointment I will work with you to clarify the problems you most want to address and agree how this can be achieved. CBT is a structured approach which enables you to identify and challenge unhelpful thinking and beliefs which could be maintaining your low mood and anxiety.

We might also look at behaviours which could be exacerbating your difficulties without you being fully aware. There are a range of strategies which can be used within CBT but the important thing is that it is totally collaborative. This means you as the client will be an active participant in achieving change for yourself rather than passively receiving treatment. In this sense you will understand how the process is helping you step by step and are more likely to gain lasting benefit.

I have worked as part of an IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service since 2008. Prior to this I had many years working within mental health services including a period as a clinical team leader.

CBT is an evidence based and time limited therapy in terms of the number of appointments required. I am able to see clients at a clinic in Dorchester and home visits can be negotiated if there is a particular need. Sessions would normally last for an hour and would normally be arranged on a weekly basis. In some instances longer appointments may be required.

I am able to send clients an email summary after each session to help clarify the main points of the therapy content and for us to refer to at our next appointment.

*IMPORTANT: Please note I respond promptly to all email enquiries. It is worth checking your junk mail if my response doesn't appear in your mail box.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Mental Health Nurse 1979
Registered General Nurse 1983
Community Mental Health Nurse Certificate 1993

Training for interpersonal therapy IPT (April 2015)

MSc Profession & Policy Studies (Community Health) Portsmouth University 1993
BSc Psychological Interventions in the Management of Psychosis / Bournemouth University 2002
PG dip High Intensity Psychological training / CBT (IAPT) University of Exeter 2010

Private CBT practitioner from February 2015
High Intensity / CBT therapist from October 2008
Primary Care Mental Health Development Worker September 2003 to October 2008
Community Mental Health Nurse & Clinical Team Leader 1985 to 2003
(Lecturer Practitioner / Research - Bournemouth University 2001 to 2003)
Mental Health Nurse (inpatient care) 1976 to 1985
(General Nurse 1981 to 1983)
I'm also trained in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) for trauma.

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.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

CBT for tinnitus sufferers who are experiencing stress, low mood and disturbed sleep from their symptoms.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness


Still £50 per one hour session - payable by cash, card, cheque or bank transfer. Some concessions are negotiable in certain circumstances. Please note, with conditions such as PTSD when the presentation is likely to be more complex - longer sessions are necessary and this will be reflected in the fees.

Further information

At this current time with the Covid-19 restrictions I am offering therapy remotely with platforms such as Skype. It is proving to be effective. I am registered with BUPA, AXA and AVIVA. I am also able to offer therapy via Skype.

There is disabled access to the consulting room with parking available in the space in front of the building.

"Talking Therapies" At Poundbury
16 Buttermarket

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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

Parking availability just a few yards from consulting room.


All day Tuesdays (including evenings till 7pm), Wednesdays, Thursdays, Friday mornings and some Saturday mornings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Tom Anderson, (BABCP) Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practitioner.

Tom Anderson, (BABCP) Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practitioner.