Kim Tasso qualifies as a psychotherapeutic counsellor

I’m starting 2024 with some exciting news! After many years of studying and training, I’ve just received news that I qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. This supplements my existing qualifications in psychology and professional coach mentoring. Kim Tasso qualifies as a psychotherapeutic counsellor.

Setting up a psychotherapeutic counselling practice

I have upgraded my membership of the National Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy NCPS | Counselling Matters ( and can now use the designation MNCPS (Acc).

My intention is to provide face-to-face sessions in Central London (I am reviewing suitable counselling rooms to hire) but in the meantime I am providing online sessions. And face-to-face sessions near Twickenham. Further details are at: Tasso Talking Therapy

I qualified as an integrative counsellor – which means my training, practice and experience draws on a variety of therapeutic traditions (Person-centred, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Existential etc) depending on the needs of my clients.

Initially, my practice will be for adults experiencing mental health challenges such as:

  • Low mood and depression
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Relationship difficulties and breakdown
  • Narcissistic abuse
  • Diagnosis of life changing physical and mental illness
  • Childhood trauma (and Complex PTSD)
  • Emotional regulation and maturity
  • Significant life changes (e.g. employment and career changes)
  • A sense of purpose
  • Desire for change

Psychology/Counselling qualifications

My journey to psychotherapy has been a long one! My first degree – way back in 1983 – was a British Psychological Society (BPS) approved psychology degree. Since then I have qualified in a variety of psychological disciplines including psychometrics and professional coach/mentoring.

I completed levels 2 and 3 counselling qualifications in 2014 and completed a year of a level 5 qualification and then took a break. After Covid, I started on the final Level 4 two-year qualification at Heartwood. This included a two-year placement (over 100 hours of supervised clinical practice) at a local low cost and long term psychotherapy and counselling organisation in Richmond – RCPS (  I continue to volunteer at this service.

I am qualified to practice now although I will continue to study specialist areas of psychotherapy as times goes on.

  • Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling
    • National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) accredited
    • May 2021 – April 2023 plus 100+ hours supervised clinical practice
    • My research study was on complex post-traumatic stress syndrome (cPTSD)
  • Level 5 Counselling Diploma
    • British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) approved
    • September 2015 – July 2016
  • BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling skills and theory
    • British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) approved
    • September 2014 – February 2015
  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
    • British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) approved
    • February 2014 – July 2014 (6 months)
  • Occupational Ability/Personality Test User Level A & B (NEO PI-R)
    • British Psychological Society (BPS)
    • 2013
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
    • 2008
  • Diploma in Professional Coaching & Mentoring
    • Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring (now OCM)
    • 2001
  • BA (Hons) Psychology Upper Second
    • British Psychological Society (BPS) approved
    • 1983 – 1989

Other qualifications

  • Interpersonal Mediation Practitioner’s Certificate (Accredited)
    • UK Mediation (Level 4 qualification recognised by AIM)
    • 2021 
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Open University
    • 1993 – 1996
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing
    • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
    • 1991 

My work as a Management Consultant continues

And in case you wondered – yes, I will continue to provide the management consultancy services I have done in the past. In particular, my part-time roles in:

  • As occasional trainer for Kim Tasso – MBL Seminars – current courses include: Referrer and intermediary management, managing and marketing a private client practice, managing and marketing a profitable surveyors’ practice, change management for professional firms, sales and selling processes, effective writing and confidence at work.

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Short videos on psychotherapy and counselling

Soft skills – Boost your self-confidence and confidence (Video) ( October 2020

Business relationships – Using the drama triangle to resolve conflict ( September 2020

How the parent, adult, child (PAC) model helps with difficult interactions ( September 2020

change process – Emotions when reacting to change ( April 2020

Building Resilience – Regulation, Reframing, Relationships and Reflection ( May 2020

Articles on psychotherapy and counselling

Emotional Regulation – A key element of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) ( August 2021

10 tips to increase your resilience – Kim Tasso March 2013

Book reviews on psychotherapy and counselling

I studied many books during my psychology, counselling and psychotherapy trainings. But these books I found to be useful to those who have a general interest in these topics – including for psychoeducation in psychotherapy.

Book review: How to do the work (recognise your patterns ( December 2023. Review of a book to support psychoeducation. Topics include: conscious self, theory of trauma, mind-body healing practices, inner child, boundaries, reparenting and emotional maturity.

Dr Julie Smith (Mental Health Guidance) ( July 2023. Review of a book to support psychoeducation (psychology knowledge for non-mental health professionals) that explores helpful ideas on low mood and depression, motivation, anxiety, emotional pain, grief, self-doubt, fear, stress and a meaningful life.

art and science of overcoming clinical depression (2021) by Oliver Kamm” ( March 2023. A review of the book “Mending the Mind” which explores what it is like to suffer from depression and both the medical and psychological sources of help.

Lost connections – Why you’re depressed by Johann Hari ( October 2019. A review of a popular book about the nine common reasons people suffer from depression.

Crazy busy – Book review – Dealing with stress ( October 2009. A foresighted and practical book by psychiatrist Dr Edward Hallowell.

Book review: The psychology of successful women by Shona Rowan ( June 2022

Your personal transition – Endings, neutral zone and new beginnings ( June 2020. An old but fabulous book about personal transitions by William Bridges