Ani de la Prida , Counselling & Psychotherapy MA, registered MBACP, PCATA

Ani de la Prida , Counselling & Psychotherapy MA,  registered MBACP, PCATA


07921 331069 / 07921 331069

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07921 331069 / 07921 331069

About me

I work with adults, children, young people and couples. I believe that every person is individual, and has the potential to fully realise their unique qualities. My intention is to provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for us to explore the issues affecting you. I'll support you so you can discover your own inner resources and the best way forward for you to heal or change.

I am a therapist and art counsellor, and I can work in a variety of ways, for example with art or guided visualisations, and am happy to explain or explore with you if you would like to use this way of working. Expressing thoughts or feelings as an image on paper can be a very quick way of accessing and exploring hidden or painful feelings. You do not need to have any special skills or be good at art or drawing

I work in a bright and friendly room, offering both long and short term counselling. I have over 15 years experience of working with people from all walks of life with all types of issues and problems.

I have particular experience with issues such as addiction, sexual abuse, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties and stress. I also work with people who wish to explore issues such as their life direction, self esteem, confidence, or for personal development.

I have a special interest and additional training in working with children and young people, art therapy, play therapy and creative ways of working.

I am based in the town centre, a short walk from Brentwood Station. I am approximately 10 mins drive from the M25 and I have parking available. I can also offer Saturday appointments.

As a member of BACP I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy which can be found at

I am happy to have a chat on the phone if you have any questions.
I cannot always answer my phone, but please do leave a message and a number that I can reach you on and I will return your call as soon as I can. Alternatively you can email me and I will contact you as soon as I can, usually within 24 hours.

I also offer clinical supervision to counsellors.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA Counselling & Psychotherapy
*BA(Hons) Person-Centred Counselling (2006)
*Advanced Diploma Person-Centred Counselling ( 2003)
*Certificate Person-Centred Counselling (2001)
*Certificate Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills (2000)
*Access Certificate (equivalent to A level) sociology, child psychology, educational psychology
*Post Graduate Certificate in Education (July 08)

I have also attended short training courses including ;

Dance Movement Therapy Goldsmiths
Play Therapy Workshops - Association Play Therapists
Psychology Essex Adult Education
Advocacy and Support Probation Service
Bereavement various workshops
Various CPD Workshops - Addiction , Art Therapy, Politics in Counselling, Children and Bereavement, Anger Management, Dreams and Metaphor, Sex and Sexualities, Creative writing

I have over fifteen years experience of counselling clients in various settings such as in primary schools, drug and alcohol programmes, Essex Probation, and Havering & Brentwood Bereavement Service. I currently work in private practice and am a registered Essex Police counsellor.

I am currently in the process of applying for accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I'm also a qualified counselling lecturer and trainer, and I teach person-centred art therapy skills.
I offer a range of CPD workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists.


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Accredited register membership



£50.00 per session. Couples £60.00 per session, but I am happy to negotiate the fee according to your situation at our first session.


I believe that your financial circumstances should not preclude your right to choose private therapy, and as such I am able to offer some low cost appointments for those in financial difficulty.

£25.00 - £35.00 for low/unwaged individuals

£25.00 - £35.00 Counselling Students

Cancellations or missed sessions will incur a normal session charge unless 24 hours notice is given.

Further information

I am a member of ;
BACP - British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists,
PCATA - Person-Centred Art Therapy Association, BAPCA- British Association for the Person-Centred Approach

I am sorry I do not have wheelchair access- but could possibly source a room if required. I can see clients in Brentwood, and in Harold Wood.

Maps & Directions

Brentwood, CM14

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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