Andrea Thomas MSc (Psychol), MSc (Econ), BA (hons), CTA(p), MBACP, UKCP-reg Counselling, Psychotherapy & EMDR, Poole, Dorset

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Psychotherapy, Counselling, Couples Counselling, EMDR

Based in Poole, Dorset.

I am an experienced UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Transactional Analyst and a fully trained EMDR practitioner offering couples counselling, individual counselling and psychotherapy and clinical supervision in a confidential, non-judgemental environment. Having lived in different countries throughout my life, I am sensitive to cultural and religious difference as well as issues relating to change and adjustment. I am deeply committed to an ethical and non-discriminatory practice with my clients and abide by the principles and ethics of both the UKCP and BACP.

My Approach
We will work collaboratively for an agreed period of time to explore what you are struggling with and identify ways in which you can enhance your life. With couples, we will aim to identify the underlying issues affecting the dynamic between you in order to increase intimacy and resourcefulness within your relationship. Depending on your expectations and presenting issue, I will draw on a variety of approaches to achieving personal change and growth from short-term solution focused counselling to in-depth longer term psychotherapy. Over the course of therapy, we will regularly review the effectiveness of our work together to ensure that progress is being made.

My practice
I am based in Lilliput, Dorset, close to Poole, Bournemouth, Wimborne and surrounding areas. I currently offer online sessions using Zoom which means that clients can access therapy with me from further afield. I also offer face to face sessions and implement COVID safety guidelines.

Experience and Areas of Specialism
I have extensive experience working as a psychotherapist and clinical assessor within the NHS and mental health charities around North London an Hertfordshire. I have provided short term solution focused counselling and long term psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups in a variety of setting with experience of a wide range of presenting issues and appropriate treatments.

I have a particular interest in working with clients who have experienced developmental or one-off trauma and use a range of techniques such as; EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, AEDP and Mindfulness to facilitate healing and recovery. The ultimate aim is to improve quality of life in the present.

My counselling and psychotherapy experience includes the following:

  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Couples/relationship difficulties
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Life crisis or transition
  • Ill health and disability
  • Work/life balance, stress, bullying
  • Adoption, separation, parenting issues
  • Loss of meaning and purpose in life
  • Domestic violence and childhood abuse
  • Anger management
  • Cultural identity
  • Clinical Assessment

    Being bilingual, I also happy offer counselling or psychotherapy in German.

    Whether you decide to embark on couples counselling, individual counselling, psychotherapy or clinical supervision, it is important to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. My website will hopefully provide you with the information you need to make a decision but should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or telephone. If I can't help, then I am happy to suggest other options available.

    If you are in crisis and need immediate help then contact The Samaritans or telephone 08457 90 90 90.

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