Dr Tom Cotton

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UKCP Reg Psychotherapist, HCPC Reg Counselling Psychologist
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London, Greater London, W1C 2AJ
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About me

I’m an experienced psychotherapist working in private practice in London's West End, working with individuals, couples and groups. I draw on psychoanalytic, integrative and relational approaches to psychotherapy, but believe that while theories are important, each person’s situation is also unique.

I aim to help clients to develop a greater understanding of the unseen patterns of behaviour that can underlie psychological distress, such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and addiction. In exploring these patterns it is then possible to address the life experiences they might relate to, such as trauma, difficult family dynamics, abandonment and loss.

Whether you’re having issues with relationships, suffering with complex mental health problems, or seeking personal development, I adapt my approach to respond to your individual situation and the experiences that have informed it.

I offer an initial session to assess your situation and needs. After that, I tend to work with people over the long-term, which helps to address the deeper, more complex roots of distress. However, I also offer short-term work, which can be effective.

I am available for weekday sessions during the day and evening, and conduct sessions both in person and online. 

As well as private practice work in London, I am Programme Director for Mind Environment, a people development consultancy that offers a four-day group-based personal development programme for people who are looking to gain rapid perspective on personal and professional challenges. https://mindenvironment.co.uk/what-we-do/#individual-programme

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

Executive Coaching Programme, Tavistock Consultancy (2017)

PsychD Psychotherapy and Counselling, Roehmapton University (2016)

MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy, Roehampton University (2008)

I also hold a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art, Central St Martins School of Art (1999)

Experience:

2022 - Present: Director, Woodstock Street Practice, a psychotherapy practice based in London's Bond Street. 

2019 - Founder & Programme Director, Mind Environment, a people development consultancy that offers residential personal development programmes. 

2008 – Present: Private psychotherapy practice.

2010 – 2012: Manager of residential therapeutic community for psychosis. During this time I taught on post grad. Dip. for psychoanalytic studies and supervised other psychotherapists.

2005 – 2008: Counsellor in NHS GP surgery.

I am a member of the following organisations:

AHP - Association of Humanistic Psychology

EMCC - European Mentoring and Coaching Council (Accredited to Senior Practitioner level)

HCPC - Health and Care Professions Council (Registered Counselling Psychologist)

ISEPP - International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry

ISPS – The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis

NWLPC – Northwest London Psychotherapy Centre (Associate Member)

SAFPAC - Southern Association For Psychotherapy and Counselling

SPR – Society for Psychotherapy Research

THS - Therapy Harley Street (Associate Member)

UKCP - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (Registered member)

Member organisations

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UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Identity issues

Personal development

Leadership development 

Fees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

All practical arrangements, including fees, are discussed during the first session.

When I work

Weekdays, daytime and evening.

Further information

If you would like to discuss making an appointment, please call or send an email. During an initial consultation we can discuss the difficulties you might be having, and the most helpful way of working together.

I am a Registered Provider for the following insurers:

Aviva

Cigna

Vitality Health

WPA

Woodstock Street Practice, 17 Woodstock Street, London, Greater London, W1C 2AJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

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Dr Tom Cotton
Dr Tom Cotton