Alyss Thomas, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Alyss Thomas

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Alyss Thomas, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Alyss Thomas

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My Approach

I take an integrative approach based on what I have learned over 30 years in practice - no two people are alike and I like to learn from each client what is the best approach for you.

About Me

I welcome all kinds of people to my practice, and I have considerable experience of many different client issues. Please see my website to find out more about my approach, and also some articles with my thoughts and ideas about psychotherapy. I offer a half price initial session which can help you find out more and decide what type of psychotherapy would work best for you. I offer online sessions, and also face to face sessions in Plymouth, Devon when appropriate. I offer a warm supportive relationship, and I work with each client as a unique individual. I work with individuals, couples and groups. It can feel a bit strange starting therapy, but I will help you feel at ease enough so we can get to work with what's most important for you, and make the changes you need to make.

I work with

  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I offer contemplative supervision, or mindfulness-based supervision. This fresh approach to supervision of clinical practice shows the importance of close and attentive observation of our clients, and this is even more important when we are working online. The contemplative supervision model does not require any specialist language or knowledge beyond an appreciation of the fundamentals of mindfulness in psychotherapy and counselling. It is a helpful model to use when the supervisee wishes to explore parallel process, countertransference, or subliminal field effects, when they feel stuck, or when something feels overwhelming or confusing in the client’s experience. The contemplative supervision method works well in group supervision, as having further witnesses can amplify its invigorating effects. It is a powerful resource in supervision and counselling training, as it removes the need for the supervisee to be an “expert” or to rely upon interpretation. The discipline of this model requires that when the client’s presenting issues first arise in the session, we refrain from any attempt to solve their problems, or to apply our expertise, and we just remain present and attentive. This is a method for training you to get out of the way of your clients, and to be able to be present with who and how they are without judgement. It is your aware, accepting presence that provides the environment where your client can find themselves, and learn to stabilise and find resilience. The intention is to help the supervisee relate to their client in a fuller and deeper way, yet without struggle or effort.It enables us to identify, understand and process the wealth of material that is always available in any therapeutic relationship. We often do not notice most of this rich material, because we can be too preoccupied, or we are eager to get to the main issue and address the urgent problems the client may be experiencing. In my experience, this style of supervision has an immediate impact upon the supervisee-client dyad, and the work is freed up to move on to its next phase.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Core Process Psychotherapist
  • Group Analyst

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Chronic Illness
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Gender
  • Identity Problems
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Parents
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Private Practice Issues
  • Race Issues
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Supervision
  • Training
  • Transgender
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

  • Home Visits

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
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