Oenone Thomas, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Oenone Thomas


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Oenone Thomas, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Oenone Thomas

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About Me

PLEASE NOTE I am unable to take new clients into my practice until early 2022.

I am an integrative psychotherapist. This means that I have trained in different forms of counselling and psychotherapy and have found an approach which I believe integrates these well in the best interests of my clients.
My approach is relational, with the quality of the therapeutic relationship at the heart of what I do, and this is informed by attachment theory and ongoing developments in neuroscience.

Each of us is a unique individual shaped by our background, upbringing and our life experiences. At times, our familiar ways of responding to the challenges we face no longer serve us well and we may wish to consider another way. I believe we all have the ability to understand the way we think, feel and behave, and this can lead to us having increased choice, and the opportunity to change, if we choose to.
I take a growth rather than a deficit view of therapy, believing that difficulties block potential and that potential for growth under the right conditions is the essence of being human.

I have a Masters Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and I am a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am a member of the UKCP's College of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (C-CAP) and its Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC).
I have a Diploma in Counselling, and I am an Accredited and Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred.)
I am a member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland.

I hold an enhanced DBS certificate, kept up to date on the Government's Disclosure and Barring Update Service, and the necessary professional indemnity and public liability insurances.

I work as a self-employed psychotherapist in private practice in and around Tunbridge Wells and also as a psychotherapist for the Priory Group.
My previous counselling employment includes Hospice in the Weald, the Wilbury Clinic in Hove, the Horsham and Crawley Counselling Group, the YMCA Families Plus, and schools across Kent and East Sussex.
Before training as a counsellor and later as a psychotherapist, I worked in marketing communications both commercially and in higher education.

I offer psychotherapy for adult individuals and young people in private and comfortable rooms in Penshurst and in the centre of Tunbridge Wells.

With adults and with children and young people, I am experienced in a number of presenting issues including but not limited to -

Anxiety
Depression

Obsessive compulsive behaviours

Post trauma stress
Low self esteem
Self-harming behaviours
Childhood/developmental trauma
Complex bereavement and loss
Palliative/terminal diagnoses
Suicidal thoughts and feelings
Life stage identity crises
Transpersonal exploration
Autism spectrum 1/ Asperger's

I offer play therapy for children from age four up.
Play is the language of the child and in joining in their play, the parallels between what is being expressed through characters in a game can be seen and understood within the context of their daily lives, and explored and expanded safely in this way.
I offer a range of toys and creative materials allowing each child to play and create in the way which suits them best.
I will meet parents or carers initially, and then at intervals throughout the play therapy. While the content of the sessions is always confidential to the child (unless I believe they are at risk in any way) it maybe helpful to share any observable changes in process in the therapy or at home or school.
I am also able to work with parents and infants, and to offer filial play, to help build attachment bonds.

If you would like to get in touch, please call me and leave me a message with your name and telephone number or email me your details and I will get back to you to arrange a convenient time to speak on the telephone for ten minutes or so.
At that point I will ask you to tell me a little bit about yourself and about why you are choosing to look for a therapist to work with now.
You can ask me any questions you might have and then we can decide whether to meet for a first session.

This first session is an opportunity for you to find out whether you feel comfortable enough with me and where I work to want to continue and it is also a chance for me to see if I believe I am the right person for you.
At the end of this session, usually lasting up to 50 minutes, you can let me know if you would like to either arrange further sessions, take some time to think about this, or choose not to go further. There is no obligation on either side.

If we decide to work together then we will discuss how many sessions this might be for. We can agree a number at the outset, or work in a more open-ended way, in which case I will check in with you from time to time to ensure that you are getting what you need.
I suggest planning for no fewer than six sessions initially, as it takes time to build a therapeutic relationship.
Sessions are weekly and usually for up to 50 minutes.

‘This member has completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance’

I work with

  • Children and young people
  • Families
  • Individuals

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Adolescent Psychotherapist
  • Child Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bereavement
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness
  • Depression
  • Identity Problems
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Terminal Illness

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term

UKCP College

  • College for Children and Young People (CCYP)
  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)

Working with Children

For more information about therapy for children and young people, visit our info page.
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