Anna Alward MA, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accredited)
5 Dumpton Park Road
Hello and welcome.
The search for the right therapist can be quite daunting, and it can be helpful to contact a few different ones before you decide. I welcome enquiries, so do contact me if you have any questions, and I will try to be of help. The best way to contact me is by email - we can then arrange a telephone call at a time that suits you.
The practice is currently full, but if you would not mind waiting for a session, please telephone or send me an email with your preferred times, and I will offer you a session as soon as there is availability.
I work part time for a national organisatiion and part time from my home in Ramsgate.
SAFETY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
I work according to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy code of Ethics and Practice. You can read more about this at www.bacp.co.uk.
I hold full professional indemnity insurance and work according to the BACP guidelines for ethical practice. I also have an Enhanced DBS Certificate. My aim is to provide a safe space to talk in confidence about any issue.
Training, qualifications & experience
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited Counsellor
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
BA Hons 1987
MA, Social Anthropology, University of London 1995
MA and AdvDipIntPsych, Regents University, London
School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology
Cert Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 1996
Diploma in Stress Management 1996
Accredited Bereavement Counsellor 1997
Training and experience in working with bereaved children, 1998 onwards
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 1998-2000
Transcultural Therapy Training at Goldsmiths College 2000
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy 2001-2003
Registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy since 2003
Training in Couples Therapy 2003-2004
GHR Registered Hypnotherapist since 2006
Training in dream work at the British Association for Psychotherapy
Training in Creative Therapy at IATE
Jungian Sand tray therapy training
Specialised training in therapy for trauma, including EMDR: 2008-2010
Member of the EMDR Association of United Kingdom and Ireland
Diploma in Clinical Supervision 2010
UKCP Registered Clinical Supervisor 2012
Specialised training in CBT for Insomnia 2013
Advanced training in Couples Therapy 2014
Training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 2015-2016
I enjoy working with people of all ages, cultures and walks of life. My experience includes working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for national organisations including the NHS. As well as being a registered practitioner, I have also been awarded accredited status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
HOW I WORK
I use a combination of theories to inform my work, and in consultation with you, devise a way of working which is best suited to your needs. It is difficult to say exactly how we would work together until I meet you, but I am able to offer a range of experience and training that includes on the one hand, short term, solution focused therapy, often using CBT, and on the other hand, longer term work, often using psychodynamic and relational theories. I enjoy my work and have 20 years experience as a psychological counsellor and psychotherapist.
I think it is essential to take a holistic view of each individual, which includes the mind, the body and the spirit. The extent of my training and experience enables me to formulate a way of working that I hope will be the most effective for you, depending on your life experiences, personality and presenting problem.
I believe very strongly that counselling and psychotherapy can be beneficial. I have also been through my own journey in therapy.
HOW MANY SESSIONS?
There are many factors that influence how many sessions will be needed. Some people find that a few sessions make a great difference. For other people, it is helpful to continue for several months and sometimes years. The important thing is to keep talking about this as the therapy progresses.
CONTACTING ME TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
If you would like to explore this further, why not arrange a first session, or assessment. This first appointment gives you the opportunity to talk in confidence and to decide whether you feel you would like to work with me. There is no obligation to continue after this unless you decide that you would like to do so.
I offer a full assessment at our first meeting. This is extended to at least 75 minutes to give you the time to talk things through and the opportunity to decide if you would like to continue for further sessions. During the session, I will listen carefully to you and will be thinking about the most effective ways of working with you. Following the assessment I will continue to think about the work and often spend a further hour writing assessment notes, which are kept in a secure place. Sometimes I also take the work to a confidential supervision session with a professional colleague. I aim to work carefully and adhere to ethical guidelines at all times.
If you decide that you would like to continue, sessions of therapy usually take place at the same time each week. For this reason it is helpful to think about the best time for you to attend. I usually work on a once-weekly basis, but twice weekly sessions can be helpful for some people.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am qualified to work with you on all issues listed above. In addition to this I can also offer:
Emotional support through life transitions such as bereavement, difficulties in relationships, separation and divorce.
Supportive therapy for women experiencing PMS or the Menopause.
Specialist therapy for depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Working with dreams
Inner Child work
Creative therapy, working with a sand tray
I can offer sessions of hypnotherapy within a psychotherapeutic framework. Hypnotherapy can be helpful for relaxation, stress management, self-esteem, and many other issues.
SPECIALISED TREATMENT FOR INSOMNIA
5 sessions of CBT for insomnia, as recommended by Professor Kevin Morgan, of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University.
If you are interested in any of these therapies and would like to know more, please ask, and I will be happy to provide more information.
I OFTEN WORK WITH::
Mental health professionals, social workers, doctors, teachers, lawyers, managers and people who work in the creative arts. I also see young people, older adults and individuals and couples of all ages who are experiencing anxiety, stress, depression or relationship difficulties.
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINEES
I enjoy working with counselling and psychotherapy trainees and over the past 15 years, have provided training therapy for students at the University of Kent, the University of Greenwich, Roehampton University, Goldsmiths College, Inter Psyche, The Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education, The Centre for Child Mental Health, Play Therapy UK, The Minster Centre, Regents College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology and Adult Education Counselling courses in London and Kent. If you are a trainee looking for therapy send me an email and we can arrange an introductory session. Concessionary fees are available.
I am a qualified supervisor, registered with the UKCP, and aim to work creatively, using my experience of 20 years as a counsellor in several different work placements and as a psychotherapist in an NHS hospital. I currently provide individual and group supervision to psychodynamic and integrative counsellors and psychotherapists. Specialist interests include bereavement, abuse, anxiety and trauma. I welcome new enquiries.
Please note that Supervision can now be offered via Skype.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
Initial Assessment and extended consultation:
Individuals £60.00 Couples £75.00
Continuing sessions: Individuals £50.00 and Couples £60.00
(Please note that concessionary fees are available for sessions before 5pm - see below)
TELEPHONE OR SKYPE SESSIONS
I offer sessions via Skype for individuals or for supervision.
Usual fee £50.00 per hour
Usual fee: £60 per hour
£75.00 per hour
£50 per hour - Concessions available for trainees and newly qualified therapists
I am a recognised associate practitioner with Aviva Health, Nuffield Health and other insurance companies. Occasionally, I work for EAP schemes (Employee Assistance Programmes). Fees payable by organisations are usually set at a higher rate than for self referrals. If you are seeking to refer on behalf of an organisation, please ask about fees before proceeding.
REDUCED FEE PLACES - for sessions during the day, before 5.00pm I am open to offering reduced fees for anyone who is genuinely unable to pay the full fee. Please ask about this in your initial email or phone call.
TRAINEES - concessions available, please contact me for further details.
HOURS OF WORK
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1pm - 9pm. Sessions are usually held at the same time each week.
SESSION TIMES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:
I am sorry that the practice is currently full, but there will be places available soon.
Please note that fees are paid in cash at the start of each session. I am happy to accept payment by bank transfer, but please note that payments must be made before each session.
Updated SEPTEMBER 2017
I have travelled widely and have lived in countries other than the UK. I welcome people from all walks of life, age, sexual orientation and cultural backgrounds.
Maps & Directions
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Types of client
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Supervision & training
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