Most of us struggle at times. We’ll help you connect with yourself and others in a way which takes you forward in life, with calm, balance and purpose. This means helping you understand who you are, why you do what you do and what you worry about. It’ll mean letting go of the things you cannot change and finding gentle practical steps to change the things you can control.
We would love to connect with you and help you become the best version of yourself.
Hello, I’m Michaela Thomas
Senior Clinical Psychologist & CBT Psychotherapist
I founded the Thomas Connection because I have always cared about connecting with people. I love it so much, I have devoted half my life to psychology and wellbeing. I used to work both in Occupational Health in an NHS hospital, and in IAPT (Primary Care psychology services), before now working fully in The Thomas Connection. Over the years, I’ve seen so many people suffer, it has helped me see patterns in our struggles, the things which stress us out, the things we cry about, the values we hold, what we strive towards. My own tricky experiences as a parent have also shown me how we are all in his difficult life together, doing the best we can.
We all face hard times – it is a courageous thing to ask for help.
A bit about me
I grew up in Sweden, under the Scandinavian ethos of welfare, equality and balance. I was interested in psychology from a very young age so I trained as a Clinical Psychologist. Not only did I receive my qualifications, I also gained valuable life experience because I was in a relationship with someone who was weighed down by depression, and frequently failed by the system.
I love connecting with others and helping them find their way out of the darkness.
I came to the UK in 2010 to pursue my dream of helping more people connect with psychological therapy, with less shame and stigma. Today I am married with a toddler and my life journey has taught me helpful ways to apply what I know from my training, my clinical experience and the research I have read. It also makes me better able to understand you and your problems, whether you are finding it hard to cope at work, struggling with parenthood, or are unhappy in your relationship. Like you, I have an inner critic telling me off at times, giving me feelings of not being good enough or of being an imposter. But I have found ways to live in a perfectly imperfect way. I would love to teach you too.
- Psychology Programme (equivalent to Doctorate in Clinical Psychology), Uppsala University, Sweden
- Postgraduate qualification (PgDip) in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Postgraduate qualification (PgDip) in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
- Extensive training courses attended in Behavioural Couples Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Supervisor training to BPS Advanced Supervisor Level
- Fully accredited CBT therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Sula is a qualified psychologist, CBT therapist and EMDR practitioner, working part-time in the NHS. Sula trained at King’s College London and utilises a range of approaches in her practice including CBT, compassion focussed approaches, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness having completed training with Bangor University and Breathworks.
Currently on maternity leave, waiting list closed
Karen has worked as a therapist in the NHS for 17 years, providing evidence based therapy to treat psychological difficulties including OCD, PTSD, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety, body focused habit disorders, hoarding, phobias, low self esteem, excessive self criticism, and perfectionism. In addition to her individual work, Karen offer’s specialist evidence based interventions for couples who are experiencing relationship distress and one or both partners are also presenting with depression and/or anxiety. Karen can support parents with the transition to parenthood.