Dr Tom Cotton
PsychD, MSc, UKCP Reg., HCPC Reg., MSAFPAC (Accred).
Tom Cotton Pyschotherapist

About me

I’m an experienced psychotherapist working in private practice in London’s Bond Street (W1). I draw on psychoanalytic, integrative and relational approaches to psychotherapy, but believe that while theories are important, each person’s situation is also unique.

I aim to help clients to develop a greater understanding of the unseen patterns of behaviour that can underlie psychological distress, such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and addiction. In exploring these patterns it is then possible to address the life experiences they might relate to, such as trauma, difficult family dynamics, abandonment and loss.

Whether you’re having issues with relationships, suffering with complex mental health problems, or seeking personal development, I adapt my approach to respond to your individual situation and the experiences that have informed it.

Training, qualifications & experience


Executive Coaching Programme, Tavistock Consultancy (2017)

PsychD Psychotherapy and Counselling, Roehmapton University (2016)

Msc Psychotherapy and Counselling, Roehampton University (2008)

I also hold a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art, Central St Martins School of Art (1999)


2008 – Present: Private psychotherapy practice.

2018 - Present: Programme Director, Mind Environment residential leadership programme.

2022 – Present: Director, Woodstock Street Practice.

2010 – 2012: Manager of residential therapeutic community for psychosis. During this time I taught on post grad. Dip. for psychoanalytic studies and supervised other psychotherapists.

2005 – 2008: Counsellor in NHS GP surgery.

1991 – 1993: Psychiatric Care Assistant, Borocourt Hospital, reading.

Bewtween 1998 and 2008 I worked as a writer & director in the film industry.

I am a member of the following organisations:

AHP - Association of Humanistic Psychology

EMCC - European Mentoring and Coaching Council (Accredited to Senior Practitioner Level)

HCPC - Health and Care Professions Council (Registered Counselling Psychologist)

ISEPP - International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry

ISPS – The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis

NWLPC – Northwest London Psychotherapy Centre (Associate Member)

SAFPAC - Southern Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (Accredited Clinical Member)

SPR – Society for Psychotherapy Research

THS – Therapy Harley Street (Associate Member)

UKCP - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (Registered Existential-Analytic Psychotherapist)

Where I practice

Woodstock Street Practice

My practice rooms are at 17 Woodstock Street, W1C 2AJ, which is in a quiet cul de sac, one minute walk away from Bond Street tube station. www.woodstockstreetpractice.co.uk

If you would like to arrange an initial consultation, you can contact me directly on the details shown at the bottom of this page.

The initial consultation is an opportunity to assess your situation and needs. After that, I tend to work with people over the long-term, which helps to address the deeper, more complex roots of distress. However, I also offer short-term work, which can be effective. I am available for weekday sessions during the day and evening.

I also accept referrals through The Northwest Psychotherapy Centre (NWLPC) www.nwlpc.co.uk, which is based at 4 Hampstead Square, NW1, and Therapy Harley Street www.therapyharleystreet.co.uk, which is based at 10 Harley Street, W1.

Areas of Psychotherapy I deal with

Affairs and betrayals
Anger management
Antisocial personality disorder
Borderline personality disorder
Carer support
Couples issues
Cross cultural relationships
Dependent personality disorder
Domestic violence
Drug abuse
Emotional abuse
Family issues
Generalised anxiety disorder
Hearing voices
Internet addiction
Identity issues
Low self-confidence
Low self-esteem
Narcissistic personality disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Panic disorder
Paranoid personality disorder
Passive aggressive behaviour
Personal development
Personality disorders
Physical abuse
Pre-nuptial counselling
Relationship issues
Self harm
Separation and divorce
Sex addiction
Sex problems
Sexual abuse
Suicidal thoughts
Work related stress
Identity issues
Personal development

Therapies offered

Couples counselling
Existential therapy
Family/systemic therapy
Humanistic therapies
Interpersonal therapy
Person-centred therapy
Psychoanalytic therapy
Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
Psychodynamic therapy


Fees and all other practical arrangements are discussed during the initial consultation.

Further information

If you would like to discuss making an appointment, please call or send an email. During an initial consultation we can discuss the difficulties you might be having, and the most helpful way of working together.

I am a Registered Provider for the following insurers:

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