Annie Robinson, BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Yanley Court Complementary Health
01275 472744 / 07796658195
I am a fully qualified, BACP Registered and Accredited therapist working in private practice since 2003, alongside considerable workplace experience as a counsellor. My approach is integrative blending a rich range of theoretical ideas and interventions held together in a relational humanistic base.
I believe passionately in this work and being able to witness people finding better resolution in their lives, whether you be bringing individual or couple issues. I find that there are some fundamentals we need: to feel valued, be understood, have connection with other people and ourselves, with our world and nature. So, I work with you as a whole person giving my whole attention, bringing in relational dynamics and relevant body / mind awareness, as often our bodies hold keys to emotional states.
I am pleased to work in a tranquil, green setting where we can watch, listen to and feel nature as the seasons change; the centre also has plenty of on-site parking, can be reached by bike or bus from Bristol or nearby towns of North Somerset.
For fuller details see my website: annierobinsoncounselling.co.uk
What I offer you:
I regularly help people with overwhelming mood states, such as depression, sadness, grief, anger and stress; or people troubled by historical experiences, trauma, or health, or just wanting a space to talk things through. very often people come lacking in belief or confidence in themselves, so the work will be about deepening understanding and developing more supportive internal strengths. For couples you may be struggling to understand how your magic relationship has become disharmonious, feeling unfair, or just stuck, and how difficult it can be to talk things though without defensive behaviours or arguments.
Individuals - a space for you to express feelings, thoughts and patterns of behaviour, enabling you to live with more conscious choice and feel supported in any changes you wish to make.
Couples - facilitating you each to be heard and hear each other, to address communication problems, and find ways of respectfully accepting your differences in order to live with more harmony and joy.
For individuals, I offer you a neutral, yet warm, relationship to be accepted as you, to unload to someone who is not part of your own circles, to witness your story and to give you support for this personal work. My therapy style is interactive, warm and authentic, with emphasis on building a trusting enough relationship for your therapy. To develop your work, I will gently encourage exploration of any patterns I observe in how eg how you view yourself and/or relate to me (and thus probably others), as keys to greater understanding of yourself and inviting possibility of difference. I believe that real change happens through challenge at your edges of awareness that is sensitive and supportive. I aim to help you develop internal confidence and strength for sustainable change.
As your couples therapist I am an impartial third person offering enough neutral space to enable you to express yourself to your partner, find ways of safely hearing what may be diffcult, and trying out a range of interventions to improve communication, accept your differences with respect, and address conflict. For all of us, as relationships develop we move away from the initial 'ideal relationship' and tend to slip into ways of relating that are based on our own expectations, assumptions and experiences, and recognising our own part in our relationship can be delicate and difficult. I work from the premise that we are all doing our best, and that when the going gets difficult we pull back to old patterns and beliefs (your baggage) which may not be the same as your partner's (their baggage). For some couples, the work may be to recognise that the differences and drift are so significant that the task is about separation, which can be very painful and I see my role as your couples counsellor to be faciitating a constructive and respectful ending.
You can have brief, focussed work - say 6, 10 or 15 sessions. Other people want longer term therapy to explore and unpack deeply held personal constructs. I work with people aged 16 + whatever your gender, sexual identity, or cultural background. Wheel chair access available.
I have experience of providing counselling for organisations for their employees. I also have substantive experience working with students.
I believe that each person's therapeutic journey starts before you go along for your first session and that many parallel supports such as friends, complementary therapies, creative activities, interactive apps, yoga or pilates contribute to feeling more restored and/or making significant changes for yourself. Personally I encourage developing mindfulness meditation as a way of engaging with yourself in present moment and contacting the quiet, still place in you.
I commit to work to the BACP Framework of Good Practice and Ethical Principles, which is my professional association.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
My core professional training was obtained through a BACP Accredited Counselling Diploma
- MSc in Counselling (University of Bristol) - incorporating a counselling diploma.
- Diploma and advanced diploma in Embodied Relational Therapy.
- Couples counselling training (modular) led by Juliet Grayson, Inter-action Training and Consultancy.
- Regular professional development training
- Supervision training with University of Bristol - two MA modules in individual and group supervision as well as training in supervision with Cruse Bereavement Care.
My theoretical orientation is holistic and 'integrative' - 'integrating' ideas and techniques, from across the therapeutic approaches (eg humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioural, mindfulness, body psychotherapy).
- Working in private practice since 2003
- Experience providing organisationally based counselling (EAPs)
- Former experience as employed a counselling practitioner within a local University Wellbeing Service
- Prior to my independent practice I worked with counselling agencies specialising in bereavement (Bristol Cruse) and student counselling.
- Long experience as a tutor/lecturer in counselling training: tutor/lecturer at the University of Bristol (2004 - 8), University of Wales, Newport (programme leader) 2008 - 2010; Network training 2010 - 12. I am currently an Associate tutor with Severn Talking Therapies.
- I have been actively involved (former chair) with CAPPP - a networking organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice in the south west.
- I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Registered MBACP Accred. )
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Health issues. The impact of being disabled.
Individual therapy: £50 per session. Concessionary rates can be available for people on lower incomes - sliding scale from £35.
Couple therapy: £60 per 75 minute session.
Organisational counselling: negotiated rate
Supervision: £50 per hour
I recommend an initial 'taster' session to help you check out my approach and how we could work together, for which I charge £35.
Please note: non-attendance of a booked appointment is charged at the hourly rate.
Yanley Court, Long Ashton, is a Centre for complementary therapies with a larger space for pilates, yoga, and other classes. This beautifully converted Barn, provides a tranquil space just 4 miles from Bristol city centre, and is easily accessible from towns and villages in North Somerset. With a staffed reception, and wheelchair access, there is ample car parking. It is next to a newly developed cycle route from Bristol and the local bus stop is on the main road through Long Ashton (a 10 minute walk). See http://www.yanleycourt.co.uk/
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Most of my appointments in afternoons and early evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I provide reflective supervision for both individuals and groups.View supervision profile