Susan TomlinsonIntegrative psychotherapist
Through therapy, I believe we can learn to access our innate knowledge of what we each need to heal and engage in life more fully.
Taking that first step to therapy can feel daunting, but talking to someone who isn't involved with your everyday life can help you untangle your thoughts and feelings and find much needed space to reflect and make changes in your life.
It is essentially about getting to know, like and trust ourselves, so we can weather life’s inevitable ups and downs. It is not about fixing who we are, but more reframing and reclaiming who we want to be.
How I work
We’ll have a chat on the phone first so I can hear a little more about you, explain how I work and then meet for an initial session – it’s really important that you feel we can work well together.
My approach is both collaborative and down to earth and I tailor a bespoke programme using relevant psychotherapy techniques from traditional talking therapies, to the creative imagination, the body and mindfulness techniques.
This integrative approach emphasises the uniqueness of each person or couple - it's all about finding a way of working that best suits you.
Perhaps you have a specific issue to unpack, and you'd like a few sessions and practical tools to help, or it may be you'd like support exploring more intense life changes, so moving through difficult feelings to create a new way of being means working together over a longer period of time.
Areas of Speciality
I work with a variety of issues but my areas of speciality include anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and stress and relationship difficulties, both in personal life - and at work.
I was a BBC TV producer and print journalist before training as a psychotherapist so I bring an awareness of the challenges associated with working in both a creative and corporate environment. One of my areas of interest is workplace stress and burn out and I have recently designed a stress detox course, for the creative industries, which I have run at Soho House. Many of my clients work in and around the creative industries.
I am also open to working with eco anxiety and to exploring the emotional and psychological impact of living with our present environmental emergency. I create and run workshops on a variety of topics from Money to Mothers.
I am a New Zealander, who has lived in London for 25 years, so I appreciate the issues associated with emigrating and living far away from home.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
50-minute sessions on Zoom or face to face, depending on the time of day.
A lower fee may be negotiable for those on lower incomes or who are unemployed.
Payment is by either bank transfer, or cash.
Training and qualifications
The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, where I trained, is a centre for integrative and transpersonal training and is a registered organisation of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). I have also trained as a couples counsellor at The Grove, in West London.
I am an accredited CCPE psychotherapist and a registered member of the UK Centre for Psychotherapy (UKCP). And abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and am subject to their Professional Conduct procedure.
I have a private practice in London and I've previously worked at The Maudsley Hospital The Tree of Life programme; the Cardinal Hume, a homeless charity in Pimlico; Freshstart, a counselling and psychotherapy service at the CCPE in Little Venice; The Caravan, a drop-in counselling service in Piccadilly, and Trinity Hospice in Clapham. I did my psychiatric placement at The Maudsley Hospital, in Camberwell, London.
I also hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in history and music.