Thea Phillips

Thea Phillips

Counsellor in Bridgend

I am an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor. I have over thirty years experience in many settings including clinical psychology, personal psychotherapy and group therapy. I also use hypnotherapy and NLP if required. I am a qualified EMDR therapist.
I believe that everyone has the potential to overcome any of the pronlems or difficulties in their lives, and, working with a therapist can become the person they want to be..the real self.
I mostly start work from a person centred perspective, often moving into a Psychodynamic approach, but recognise that some clients need a more pro-active approach. Therefore, I work with many skills and tools such as EMDR for Post traumatic stress and other issues.
I am qualified in several therapies and worked with a variety of clients; cancer patients, mental health clients, bereavement and PTSD, to name a few.
A very important part of therapy is building up a relationship of trust and empathy with your client and I always work with this as my primary aim.

Background & Qualifications

Msc. BA ( Hons) PGCE, Dip Psych, Diploma in Hypnotherapy, Diploma in EMDR , Cerificate and diploma in CBT , Brief Focal Therapy and REBT.
Diploma in Psychotherapy, Diploma in Mindfullness. Many other teaching and Counselling certificates in specialist courses. Such as bereavement, play therapy , Diatic psychotherapy for children and mindfulness. My degrees are in Psychology, integrating research methods and Women,'s Studies.

I was a psychology and Counselling lecturer for 34 years teaching on courses from basic skills to the master's degree. I worked as a therapist for Canceraid, MIND and Cruse. I was director of Sanctury, an organisation for people with mental health problems. I worked with positively women,Counselling females with HIV, I worked as a child therapist and set up playtherapy courses, whilst working with youngsters. I have worked with those suffering PTSD ( veterans, victims of crime, domestic abuse etc) . I am have qualified in drug and alcohol Counselling and run courses in motivational interviewing for Drugaid. I was also one of the original counsellors and board member in New Pathways ( for rape and sexual abuse). Recently I have worked as a supervisor for counsellors working with veterans suffering from PTSD

My Specialisms

Mental health
Drug and alcohol abuse
Sexual identity issues.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

I work integratively, using the therapy which fits the individual client. I believe the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of therapy. The core conditions of trust, empathy and congruence are essential whichever therapy is used.
Within that environment I work with a variety of clients. I use EMDR successfully for people suffering from PTSD and flashbacks.
Hypnotherapy is an important part of my therapeutic toolbox. Other therapies such as Psychodynamic, NLP and to an extent, Mindfulness are also employed. Hypnotherapy and visualisation are used either alone or as an adjunct to therapy. I have had a great deal of success treating people with phobias, fears and anxiety.
In bereavement therapy, I find that the humanistic perspective works very well, following the four tasks of mourning. In addition,brief focal therapy tworks well with day to day issues.
Each type of problem is different and each client is an individual. The skill of a therapist is finding the best therapy for their client, being mindful to change if necessary, and above all to keep the needs of the client uppermost.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Hypnotherapy In Person £35 per 55 minutes
Psychotherapy In Person £40 per 55 minutes
Counselling In Person £40 per 55 minutes
Emotional Freedom Technique In Person Please Call
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Person Please Call
EMDR In Person £40 per 55 minutes
NLP In Person Please Call
Mindfulness In Person Please Call
Life Coaching In Person Please Call
Biofeedback In Person Please Call
Meditation In Person Please Call

Additional Rate Information

Although rates are generally ‘fixed' , in certain therapies they can be negotiated according to time and techniques used,