Welcome

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My name is Emma Thomson, I am an experienced, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist.

My practice is called Grow Your Potential, because I believe we all have an amazing ability to learn, grow and become who we were truly meant to be. We just need to plant the seed of change to see what is possible in our lives.

Whether you are looking for support with anxiety, low self esteem, self defeating beliefs, eating issues, depression, bereavement, relationship/family issues, or anything else which may be stopping you becoming the person you were meant to be.

I help people dealing with various issues, feel their feelings and come to a deeper understanding of who they are. 

About me 

I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling. This is a 5 year training from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London. It encompasses personal therapy, close supervision of our work and over 500 hours of face to face work with clients before we can qualify.

Before training as a Psychotherapist 10 years ago, I spent nearly 15 years in people development and education as a Coach, Mentor and Trainer, working in industry and higher education. During this time I developed training to help employees cope with change and motivate teams. I loved this challenge and found it deeply rewarding to help people manage the stresses of demanding, ever changing workplaces. I still consultant on wellbeing and lifestyle programmes for organisations who want to support their employees. 

I have delivered Psychotherapy and Mentoring in the NHS, York Women’s Counselling, Maytree Suicidal Respite Centre, The Caravan Counselling Service, Mind, IDAS, The Retreat in York and York St John University. The variety of clients in these settings has given me a great understanding of how to work with a huge range of issues, I still volunteer to support survivors of domestic abuse. 

I am an accredited member of, and abide by the code of ethics, of The United Kingdom Counsel of Psychotherapy (UKCP), the main professional body for Psychotherapy recognised by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. 

I am an integrative Psychotherapist; tailoring the way I work to individual needs and tackling many issues. However since training I have developed some areas I specialise in working with. I particularly focus on those who suffer from anxiety; both generalised and specific. 

I have enormous respect for the courage it takes to live with this debilitating condition. Using Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy and seeing patterns in behaviour, I have seen that we can throw off the confines of anxiety and find long term solutions. It has been a real joy to see my clients with anxiety begin to thrive after living with such emotional pain, it is what motivates me to practice every day!

Eco Therapist and passionate about integrating nature and the environment in to my work.

Not all those who wander are lost -J.R.R Tolkein