Mae Thomas

Psychodynamic Counsellor

Mae offers counselling by phone and Skype.

Mae is an experienced Psychodynamic Counsellor and Supervisor.  For Mae the fundamental role of a therapist is to provide a safe space in which an individual can explore their inner world, their past, their present and their dreams. She believes this is achieved by developing an attuned therapeutic relationship. As a psychodynamic practitioner Mae believes that most of our presenting problems are located in our past and that the key to unlocking this is in the consistent, gentle, emotional holding that is developed in a safe therapeutic relationship. It is from this secure base that an individual can explore their ways of coping with the difficulties of day to day living and resolve the emotional conflict that has arisen from having to adapt to particular way of being in order to be accepted.

Mae has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families who have been affected by.

  • Adoption/fostering
  • Trauma
  • Abuse (physical, emotional and sexual)
  • Family/Relationship Breakdown/difficulties
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss
  • Bereavement
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Gender based violence
  • Sexuality
  • Eating disorders
  • Low self esteem
  • Transitions

Mae has many years’ experience of working with complex personal, family and emotional issues having worked as a social worker (residential and field work) for many years prior to becoming a Psychodynamic counsellor. Her approach in all her work is to be gentle, understanding and alongside people on their journey towards empowerment and recovery.

Since being awarded her Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the Garnethill Centre in 2010, Mae has practised within the Lanarkshire Schools Counselling Service, NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. She has worked in Local Authority Social Services as a counsellor attached to a Family Placement Team working with all aspects of adoption.

Mae’s post-qualifying training reflects her interest in working with children, adolescents and families affected by relationship breakdown, trauma and separation. This training has deepened her understanding of attachment issues and child/human development which is relevant in her work with adults as well as children and adolescents and has included the following:

  • Counselling Children and Young People (University of Edinburgh 2010)
  • Understanding and working with Adolescents (SIHR 2011)
  • Working with Couples (Cross Reach 2011)
  • STORM Training (NHS 2013)
  • Infant Mental Health and Early Intervention with under Fives (HDS 2014)

Mae is a Registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adheres to their Code of Ethics.  She is also a member of Human Development Scotland and is committed to keeping her Professional Development up to date by attending regular short courses and discussion groups with other professionals.

Supervision Practice

Mae has supervised both experienced counsellors and student counsellors since receiving her COSCA Certificate in Supervision in 2016. She sees this as an important part of her Counselling Practice and enjoys being able to engage in the process of ensuring that both practitioner and client are held safely within the therapeutic process.

Mae is particularly aware that counsellors require to be contained, nurtured and supported in their therapeutic work and adopts the same consistent, gentle emotional holding which is evident in her practice.

Mae values her own supervision and has regular clinical and peer supervision for all aspects of her work

Mae also works as a Reiki practitioner at Southside Counselling and Therapy Centre.

Book your appointment with Mae

Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £45 for individuals, £60 for couples and £60 for parent/child sessions.

Supervision is £40.00 for one hour and £50.00 for one and a half hours.

Mae also offers concessionary rates for those on a low income.