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My name is Thom Fairclough (pronouns: he, him, his), I am 53 years old and live on the Fylde coast in Lancashire. I hold a Bachelor's Degree with honours in Philosophy/Ethics, a Master of Science Degree (MSc.) in Medical Health Science (Psychotherapy Studies), full post-grad training in UKCP Accredited 'Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy', an Advanced Counselling Diploma, Full Accredited Training in EMDR Psychotherapy, a university Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other qualifications/training in Clinical Supervision. I am an Associate Teaching Member at SCPTI, teaching on the 'Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy' post-graduate diploma. I have also successfully completed the BACP's rigorous accreditation process and therefore am a Registered and Accredited Member. I am also on the BACP Register of Proficiency which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.  

  

I have worked therapeutically for a Primary Care Trust and a North West based Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre. I take referrals privately, from GP's and other health professionals. 

  

I have studied and trained in several different therapeutic techniques in order to help people resolve their problems or to simply find more focus and/or meaning in their lives. I, at this stage of my career identify as being a 'Relational Gestalt/Existential Psychotherapist'. Although I have advanced training in other methodologies, I favour working in certain ways and have particular interests in Existential Psychotherapy & Gestalt Psychotherapy. I have been in Gestalt Clinical Supervision for the last 15 years. I am also in regular Gestalt personal therapy myself, so I know what it is like to be sat in the Clients' chair! 

  

There is no 'better' or 'worse' regarding counselling and/or psychotherapy however it is certainly true that a  psychotherapist has undergone a much longer and more intensive training than a counsellor, and also has had substantial therapy themselves as a mandatory requirement of their training, so they will have an understanding of the therapeutic process from both a professional and personal perspective. This is only an overview and of course there are some excellent counsellors and some poor psychotherapists. 'Accredited' therapists have successfully undergone an accreditation procedure by their governing body, where their qualifications and experience have been checked and they have shown evidence of their sound, knowledgeable and ethical practice by submitting substantial case-work and references from Clinical Supervisors and personal psychotherapists as to the practitioner's efficacy, competence and personal and professional integrity. 

  

For the past 15 years I have run an established and successful, private practice. Up until recently (since the beginning of the pandemic) this has been based in my office in Preston in which I enjoyed an informal and relaxed setting away from a clinical atmosphere. I live by, and walk on the beach every day, have an appreciation of the 'great outdoors' and get out there as often as possible in all weathers. I  now enjoy offering some 'Outdoor Psychotherapy’ sessions as well as ‘Online Psychotherapy’ which makes my work feel more dynamic and creative. I play the piano a little and enjoy song-writing and recording. I like gardening, horse-riding, dressage, walking, reading and on good days I like pilates/yoga, skiing & studying (on other days, I like to lounge around in comfy clothes and eat good food!).  I was born in Lancashire and am proud to be from this beautiful part of the world. Part of my family are English and part are Norwegian. I do speak some Norwegian and I continue to learn!