Tom Stonebridge - Registered Member MBACP
COVID-19 Update - All sessions are currently provided remotely via Skype/Zoom or telephone.
Hi I'm Tom.
I’m a BACP registered therapeutic counsellor based in Hastings, UK.
If you’re reading this, I’m guessing things aren’t feeling quite ‘right’ in your life at the moment and maybe you’re hoping for something to change. Perhaps you’re struggling with some difficult thoughts or feelings. Perhaps you’ve hit a fork in the road and you’re unsure which way to go. Perhaps you’re not really sure what ‘it’ is that needs to change.
I understand therapy to be a process in which you and I share a common goal, and that goal is for you to achieve a greater sense of well-being. My role is to accompany you on your journey, providing you with support and offering you different points of view. This will help you achieve larger perspectives on the situations that trouble you, and enable you to find solutions that work for you.
My approach to therapy is integrative, which means I don’t believe there is one ‘best’ type of therapy, but you can benefit from a combination of different therapy styles. In our work together, I’ll draw upon a range of methods and ideas from different therapeutic approaches, adapting them to what I think will work best for you. Our work will be collaborative, and ultimately you will decide the areas we explore and the pace at which we move.
I stay open to different ways of working and welcome you to bring anything you feel might be useful to explore. This could include experiences from your past, or concerns about the present or future. This might also include any thoughts or feelings that arise in the moment, as well as dreams, journals or anything else you would like to share.
I understand that starting counselling can feel daunting, and it may take time to find someone that feels right for you. I welcome you to contact me via email or phone and we can talk through any questions you might have.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, I am currently only offering counselling remotely. This can be via video with Skype/Zoom, or over the phone. The process is the same - a safe confidential space for you to explore any issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 5 Diploma in Advanced Psychotherapy
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Counselling Skills
- Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress
- Addressing Suicidality and Suicide Risk Online
- Shame and Secrecy Associated with Self-Harm
- Working with Children and Young People Online
- Supporting Gay or Gender Questioning Young People
- Support in Coming Out or Not Coming Out
- Post-Slavery Syndrome: Exploring The Clinical Impact of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
- The Disintegrating Self: Understanding and Working with Adults with ADHD and/or Autistic Spectrum Traits
- Autism Awareness for Counsellors
- The Dissociated Self and Autism
- Goals in Therapy: Actualising Our Deepest Directions
- Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Existential Contributions to Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Stop Sexual Offending Foundation Certificate
Before qualifying as a counsellor I worked in a specialist provision for young people with speech, language and communication needs. Due to this experience and the knowledge I gained through training in this role, I have a special interest in working with neurodiverse clients.
Alongside my private practice, I have also worked for a charity that provides long-term low-cost therapy for adolescents.
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per session paid via card, cash or BACS.
I’m a registered counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means I am committed to the principles and values set out in the BACP’s Ethical Framework. If you would like to learn more about what that means, you can read about it here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/