About Me

I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to the UK in 2003 after completing a first degree in Psychology and Human Resources at the University of Cape Town. In 2009 I completed my initial qualification as a counselor through the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust in London.

In 2010 I moved back to South Africa where I worked as an addiction and trauma therapist at the residential clinic, Harmony Addictions and Psychiatric Care (formerly Harmony House). Harmony is a dual diagnosis treatment centre which runs inpatient and outpatient programmes for patients recovering from substance abuse, behavioural addiction and eating disorders. Much of the work at Harmony focuses on the link between trauma and addiction by integrating different therapeutic approaches and models with the 12-step model of recovery.

In 2013 I returned to the UK and began working in private practice part-time. In 2019 I completed a Masters degree in Psychotherapy (MA) through Middlesex University. As part of this training, I completed a voluntary placement on an acute adult psychiatric care ward with the South London and Maudsley Trust.  In 2019 I also joined the Wavepaths team on a part-time basis, working as a Wavepaths Guide on their Deep Listening programme and as of 2020 contract to them as their Clinical Lead.

Tom Shutte Psychotherapist and counsellor

My private practice is based in Oxfordshire as of 2022.

In addition to my core training in counselling and psychotherapy, I have completed additional training in Emotional Freedom Technique (Levels 1 & 2), Art Therapy and working safely with trauma. I have also trained with the harm reduction and psychedelic emergency service, Kosmicare, in Portugal and have worked within their team providing support to people having acute psychedelic experiences.

Alongside my work as a psychotherapist and group facilitator I have experience working as a business coach and organisational development consultant, primarily in the social entrepreneurship and tech start-up sectors.



  • MA (Psychotherapy) – University of Middlesex, UKCP accredited
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Psychosynthesis Counselling) – University of East London, BACP accredited
  • Certificate in Psychosynthesis Counselling – Psychosynthesis and Education Trust
  • Bachelors of Social Science (Psychology and Human Resources) – University of Cape Town

I regularly undertake further training.

Professional Registrations

I am an Accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and abide by their code of ethical practice. My practice is supervised in accordance with UKCP guidelines.

Professional registrations


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