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

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

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"Talking Therapies" At Poundbury
16 Buttermarket

07788 684175

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About me

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


Other areas of counselling I deal with

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


£50 per one hour session - payable by cash, card, cheque or bank transfer. 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

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.

Maps & Directions

Dorchester, DT1 3AZ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes

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