Dr Tom Cotton
PsychD, MSc, UKCP Reg., MUPCA Accred.
I’m an experienced psychotherapist working in private practice in Belsize Park London (NW3) & Harley 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.
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: Psychatric 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
Heresy Consulting (Associate member)
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)
SPR – Society for Psychotherapy Research
THS – Therapy Harley Street (Associate Member)
UKCP - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (Registered member)
UPCA - Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (Accredited Clinical Member)
Where I practice
Therapy Harley Street
The practice is based at 10 Harley Street, which is close to Oxford Circus & Bond Street Tube stations.
NWLPC - Nortwest London Psychotherapy Centre
NWLPC is situated in Hampstead, although my practice rooms are located nearby at 7 Eton Avenue, which is close to Swiss Cottage & Belsize Park tube stations.
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.
Areas of Psychotherapy I deal with
Affairs and betrayals
Antisocial personality disorder
Borderline personality disorder
Cross cultural relationships
Dependent personality disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Paranoid personality disorder
Passive aggressive behaviour
Separation and divorce
Work related stress
Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
Fees and all other practical arrangements are discussed during the initial consultation.
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: