Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas


Registered Member MBACP

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Phone number
07772790054

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Therapist - Cardiff

Cardiff CF24
07772790054
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

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About me and my therapy practice

My approach

I am passionate about the power of therapy to help improve people's lives and I believe that everyone should have access to talking therapy. I provide Person-Centred counselling based on the Humanistic Existential approach. I believe that you understand your own world best. I will use my skills to help you reflect.

The therapy is client-led. My aim is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to speak and be listened to. This means that you will have lots of space to explore your thoughts and feelings. This could include me making practical suggestions where appropriate or offering challenges at times. My focus though, is to empower you.

My experience

Since qualifying, I have gained a wealth of experience counselling clients. I have worked as a mental health practitioner, providing counselling, mental health support and nationally recognised training. I have also worked as the Counselling Services Lead for an organisation offering counselling throughout the UK. I am an experienced counselling tutor, and have delivered tutoring in colleges and training centres across the country. 

My training

I hold a CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I have also completed a Foundation Degree in Counselling with the Open University. I am currently working towards an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Further study such as this is an important part of my commitment to continually improving my practice. 

I am committed to undertaking regular training as part of my continuing professional development. I have completed training in online and telephone counselling, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), using CBT skills, as well as courses on a wide variety of other topics. I have completed courses in mental health first aid (MHFA) and applied suicide intervention skills training (ASIST).

Practice description

What I work with

I have worked hard over the years to build a warm, welcoming practice where all my clients can feel safe. I believe that good quality counselling is something which everyone should be able to access and this goal remains at the heart of my practice. I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients. There are also a number of areas where I have gained particular experience. 

As an LGBT+ counsellor, I have always been passionate about improving accessing to counselling for clients from my community. In recent years I have seen my work in this area grow rapidly, as clients seek services where they can be comfortable being authentic. I pride myself on having an inclusive practice which welcomes clients of all gender identities and sexual orientations. 

Another topic I do a lot of work on with client is self-esteem. Whilst this is a feature of my work regardless of gender, I have found that many of my male clients find safety in speaking to a male counsellor about this issue. I believe that my approach helps clients to explore this in a non-judgemental space. 

Loneliness is a further area which I work on with many of my clients. Our vulnerabilities to this were considerably more exposed during and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and I support many clients as they grapple with the demands of dealing with a world in which they often feel on their own. 

I also work a lot with student counsellors in training. I love the perspective I get from working with the next generation of counselling professionals and believe that sharing my knowledge of theory with them as part of their journey to qualification is something which helps me develop my own practice. This is something that I see in my work as a counselling tutor too.

My first session

Face-to-face counselling

This type of counselling is the format that many clients will be most familiar with. Sharing a space can be an important part of the therapeutic process and for some people this is essesntial. For some, meeting in person provides the most comfortable experience. It may also be where they feel most in touch with their counsellor. Should you choose this option, your sessions will take place in my dedicated therapy room which is attached to my home.

Online counselling

Some clients prefer to access counselling online. They may find it difficult to attend face to face sessions for a variety of reasons or they may simply find the online experience more suitable for them. Online sessions can be a great way of accessing therapy for people who face barriers to accessing physical sessions. They are also a good option for people with other commitments such as childcare. Should you choose this option, your sessions will take place via secure counselling software which is accessible via a link sent to you.

Telephone counselling

Some clients prefer telephone counselling. They may prefer not to be seen during sessions, they may not have an internet connection or they many simply find the telephone experience more suitable. Telephone sessions are also a good option for clients who prefer to access remote sessions but lack a suitable internet connection. Should you choose this option, I will call you from my mobile number.

Text counselling

Some clients prefer to use a text service for counselling. They may find it easier or more comfortable to communicate without having to speak to their counsellor. Text session can also be helpful for clients who benefit from the clarity gained from typing their repsonses and being able to see then written down. This option is particularly popular among clients for whom messaging is a familiar way to communicate. Should you choose this option, I will text you from my mobile number.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Neurodiversity, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Creative therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Text therapy

Languages spoken

English