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.
Sessions can usually be arranged in Ramsgate on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Scroll down to see session times currently available.
I work part time as a counsellor for a local organisation 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 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 2006
Training in dream work at the British Association for Psychotherapy
Training in Creative Therapy at IATE
Jungian Sand tray therapy training
Diploma in Clinical Supervision 2005
UKCP Registered Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervisor 2006
Specialised training in therapy for trauma, including EMDR: 2008-2010
Member of the EMDR Association of United Kingdom and Ireland
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 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- 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.
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, Metanoia, The Minster Centre, Regents College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, The Mary Ward Centre and Adult Education Counselling courses in London and Kent. If you are a trainee looking for therapy while you are training, send me an email and we can arrange an introductory session.
I am a qualified supervisor and aim to work creatively, using my experience over the 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. I welcome new enquiries.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Play therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
Usual fee for each ongoing session:
Individuals £40 - £50
Initial Assessment and extended consultation: £50.00
This first session is extended to at least 75 minutes and gives you the opportunity to talk in confidence with a registered and accredited psychotherapist. This can be of help in itself. There is no obligation to continue for further sessions unless you would like to.
Continuing Sessions: £40 - £50
Initial consultation and assessment of one and a half hours: £75.00
This extended opening session will provide a space to identify and begin to work on the problem.
Continuing sessions: £60.00
Usual fee: £50.00
This fee is negotiable for trainees or newly qualified therapists
TELEPHONE OR SKYPE SESSIONS
I offer sessions via Skype for individuals or for supervision.
Usual fee £50.00
Usual fee: £75.00 per hour
Usual fee: £60 per hour
HOME VISITS can sometimes be arranged during the daytime within the Ramsgate area.
Session times currently available:
Home visits possible during the day on Wednesdays
Other times will be available soon
I am a recognised associate practitioner with Aviva 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 - From £25.00 for sessions during the day, before 5.30pm
If you are unable to pay the full fee, please let me know, as I am open to offering reduced fees for anyone who is on a low income. The reduced fee for couples would be £40.00.
HOURS OF WORK
Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 5pm. Wednesday afternoons for home visits.
More times will be available from January 2017
Please note that fees are paid in cash at the start of each session. I am not able to accept payment by cheque. I am happy to accept payment by BACs, but please note that payments must be made before each session.
Updated NOVEMBER 2016
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
The practice is currently open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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