Simon Armson

Simon Armson, MSc, MACAT, UKCP Reg, Dip NLP, CCMI, FRSA

Psychotherapist & Life Coach for Adults, Young People & Couples

Approach and orientation

My approach to therapy is to tailor the intervention to the needs of the individual drawing on my wide experience of working in this field. My work is principally informed by the theory and practice of cognitive analytic psychotherapy and is enhanced by my work in other genres ranging from psychodynamic interventions to neuro linguistic programming and including psychosexual and cognitive behavioural approaches.

Philosophy on Psychotherapy

In my view therapy is a shared journey towards an agreed destination, whether that is one that addresses a particular difficulty or one of more generally seeking fully to realise human potential. Its success is reliant on developing and building on a strong therapeutic relationship where there is mutual trust and respect.

Sometimes the therapeutic journey will be into unknown places and sometimes the way ahead will seem clear. It will always be a journey that is undertaken on the basis that confidentiality lies at the heart of the therapeutic relationship so that thoughts, hopes and fears that might be difficult to express elsewhere can be freely and fully explored.


I have worked with people with emotional difficulties for many years and I have a wide range of experience in the field of mental health and wellbeing. I trained in cognitive analytic psychotherapy at Guys Hospital; I have clinical psychotherapy practices in London and Reading. In addition I have worked as a Mental Health Act Commissioner and I sit as a Specialist Lay Member of the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health).

I was on the staff of Samaritans for twenty years, fifteen of which was as Chief Executive and I was an active Samaritan volunteer for thirty-one years. I have been a member of many academic and government working groups in the field of mental health, with a particular emphasis on suicide prevention and self-harm. I was for five years a member of the Independent Advisory Panel to the Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody where I specialised in mental health matters.

I also work as a life coach and I am President of the Mid-Thames Branch of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Disciplinary Authority of the Market Research Society. I am qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI).

What do I offer?

I work with individuals and couples in trying to help to resolve emotional difficulties and to realise full potential. I work both with short-term interventions as well as with longer-term therapy over a wide range of issues including:

  • Addictions
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Confidence Problems
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Work Related Stress



  • MSc in Mental Health (University of London)
  • Postgraduate College Diploma in Clinical Psychotherapy (Kings College, London)
  • Member of the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists (MACAT)
  • Registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP Reg)
  • Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming (Dip NLP)
  • Certificate in Working with Couples
  • Qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI)
  • Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CCMI)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)