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

About Me

  • BA(Hons), MSc(Econ), MSc(Psych)
  • CTA (Certified Transactional Analyst)
  • UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
  • MBACP (British Association of Counselling/Psychotherapy)
  • Certificate in Clinical Assessment (Metanoia Institute)
  • Certificate in Child Counselling (Place 2 Be)
  • EMDR (Fully trained)

    After many years working as an Organisational Psychologist and Change Management Consultant I decided to embark on a career as a Psychotherapist and completed 5 years post-graduate training at Metanoia Institute, London. I have extensive experience working with a variety of presentations within a range of settings on both a short-term and long-term basis. I am deeply committed to an ethical practice and my own continuous personal development which I achieve through regular supervision, peer review, post-graduate training, attendance at conferences and personal therapy. This ensures that I keep up to date with new developments and offer an ethical, reflective practice.

    Professional Memberships:
    As a member of the following organisations, I am bound by their Codes of Ethics and Professional Procedures and am subject to the relevant complaints procedure.

  • UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy)
  • BACP (Bristish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis)
  • Metanoia Institute (Metanoia Institute)
  • IARTA (International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis)
  • EMDR Association (EMDR Association)

    Personal Approach
    My priority as a therapist is to tailor my approach to each person's needs and preferred way of working within a therapeutic relationship that is empathic, respectful and containing. As a humanistic practitioner, I hold the philosophical belief that people are essentially OK, have the capacity for growth and make decisions about their life and that these decisions can be changed. I would describe my approach as 'integrative' in that I draw upon; Transactional Analysis, CBT, Psychoanalysis, Mindfulness, Gestalt, Sensorimotor therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reproccessing) and Person Centred principles and techniques in order to maximise the benefit of therapy within the timeframe available. I work collaboratively with my clients and believe that the quality of our relationship is an important factor in facilitating healing, insight and personal growth.

    Clinical Interest
    I have a particular interest in working with individuals who have been impacted by a one-off traumatic event or developmental trauma throughout their life span. My aim is to facilitate the client's own healing process so that they are freed from the intrusion of distressing memories about past events/experiences so they they regain their resourcefulness and live more fully in the present. My focus at all times is on the past, the present and future to ensure continuity and long term relief.

    Personal Background
    I have lived in Britain for over 40 years, prior to this I lived in Austria, Africa and Brazil, I embrace and respect cultural and individual difference and am sensitive to issues around change, adjustment and belonging. Having spent many years working in an organisational setting prior to becoming a psychotherapist I developed a particular interest in issues relating to team dynamics and work/life balance. Consequently I also work as an affiliate to a number of Employment Assistance Programmes (EAPs) where I offer short-term solution focussed counselling enabling individuals to cope with specific difficulties.

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