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Counselling

Sue Thomas MA, BACP reg.

Phone/ text: 020 8699 0287 / 07952 541164

Email: suethomastherapies@gmail.com

Hi, welcome to my counselling page.

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Seeking a counsellor?

Counselling has become a much more acceptable form of help and it is alright to admit that something is wrong. It can take courage to make that first step. You may feel uncom-fortable being honest with yourself, let alone a stranger. However, it can be a huge relief speaking out, exploring and processing feelings with someone who is not going to judge you. Friends and family can often feel too close for us to speak out with complete honesty. We may be worried about placing a burden on them or that they may retaliate in some way, or we fear they may abandon us. The counselling space allows a freedom to grow and to be yourself.

In finding a better understanding of ourselves, we find a greater sense of control in our lives, which in turn, increases self confidence and well-being. From this standpoint, we can make healthier choices and lead a happier life.

About me

I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist privately since 2010, and also as a volunteer counsellor for a charitable agency.

My work comes from the basic philosophy of the psychodynamic approach. I may also use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques as another means for us to make connections and look at what is happening for you. Mostly, of course, I bring myself. I am friendly and open, and offer a warm and non-judgemental environment for us to explore your concerns. I want my clients to feel safe, valued and accepted. I approach any prob-lems that they bring to the counselling room, in an empathic, concerned and genuine way. These factors help you to express yourself and allow therapeutic growth.

I have worked with many types of issues, some of these are: relationship problems, anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, stress overload, problems at work or college, fear and trauma, loss and bereavement, body image and eating problems, physical illness, feelings of shame and guilt and identity issues, but also generally feeling that something is wrong and not feeling fulfilled or happy.

I have particular specialisms in loss and bereavement, mind/ body issues, and depression, anxiety and stress.

I am a registered member of the BACP ( British Association of Counselling and Psycho-therapy) and abide by their Code of Ethics. You may be assured of confidentiality.

My background.

My original counselling training was undertaken at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where I completed the MA in counselling (psychodynamic approach).

I attended personal therapy for many years myself so I understand being in the other chair and I believe this helps me to tune in to your feelings, as well as understanding my own.

My work background is in bodywork: massage therapy, aromatherapy and reflexology. I have been working in this area full-time for 20 years. Over this time, I worked for seven years for the NHS, where I was taking referrals direct from GPs, and for six years at the Maudsley hospital working with people with mental health problems.

In this work, I have always taken time to listen to my clients and I believe this has lead me to the counselling field. As a counsellor, I take an interest in the interaction between mind and body, which comes from my belief in looking at the person as a whole, and my long practice as a body therapist.

I very much look forward to working with you.

Training, qualifications and experience.

MA in Counselling (psychodynamic). Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Specialist Bereavement Counselling Training. Lewisham Bereavement Service.

Counselling and CBT skills. Lewisham College.

Foundations of Psychoanalysis and Psychology, Birkbeck.

Where do I work?

I practice at the New Cross Natural Therapy Centre, 394 New Cross Road, SE14 6TY (opposite New Cross Station)

I hold full professional indemnity insurance.

I receive regular supervision as required by the BACP and as part of offering a professional and ethical practice.

Fees.

I believe in charging what is affordable and operate fees on a sliding scale.

Full time employed £45

Part time employed, low waged and students (where low cost places are available) £40 - £28. We would need to negotiate this.

I am happy to have a talk by phone or by email, or you are welcome to text.

Sessions last 50 minutes. If you are unable to attend please let me know as soon as possible. If less than 24 hours notice, it is customary to charge the arranged fee.

 

 

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