Anita Hunter - Counsellor. Dip Couns, Reg MBACP, Cert CBT, Dip C&YP
17A Swan Hill
07981266278 / 07981 266278
Hello, my name is Anita. Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I believe deeply in having the opportunity to experience a full and wholesome life. I feel passionate about supporting others to experience this too and to reach our full potential as complete 'unique' human beings. This can often feel a world away and a belief that this is unachievable can often be present when we're going through our own personal and emotional turmoil. This is what has inspired me and continues to do so in the field of therapy and counselling. The recognition that positive change can happen, dark moments can feel bright again and a happy, open and fully lived life can be found.
I am an experienced, fully qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I pride myself on my ethics and competent practice and work to the highest professional and ethical standards by providing a therapeutic service for individuals who feel they would like a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space to explore personal or relational issues in their life that may be troubling them.
Through my own reflective practice and feedback from clients I would describe myself as an engaging and deeply respectful therapist placing absolute value on the strength of the human spirit and the inner resources we inherently have as human beings. Often this understanding and trust in ourselves can become lost or buried within us, limiting our belief that we have the emotional resources to get through difficult moments in our lives. I provide a safe and emotionally warm environment where you can explore your own thoughts, feelings and perceptions and where you can gently in your own time peel away the emotional layers that can often restrict or suppress productive and constructive change from occurring in our lives.
It’s remarkable what can happen when we face and acknowledge our discomfort and vulnerability. Being available and prepared to face the things that we find challenging in our lives and owning our story is one of the bravest things that we might ever do.
“Vulnerability is not a weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change” - Brene Brown
As a practitioner I predominantly follow a Person Centred model of counselling. This tradition is based upon the theory that you possess a wealth of knowledge about yourself and that you have an abundance of inner understanding, whether you recognise this at the time or not, and that with support, patience and being truly heard and listened to, can bring about your own deeper self-awareness and emotional freedom. I also recognise that you are a unique individual and as such, a single approach isn’t always sufficient, therefore where identified as of value to you, I also practice an integrative approach drawing where appropriate and relevant on other modalities to help compliment your session and the therapeutic process.
Some of the concerns and issues that I have experienced in working therapeutically with are: depression, anxiety, self-confidence and esteem issues, addiction, bereavement, loss, Health Concerns, relationship challenges, anger management, abuse, sexual issues, child related issues, stress, work related issues, trauma and bullying.
My practice premises are just a short walk from Shrewsbury town centre with parking facilities just a few minutes’ walk away.
Some people find that just a few sessions can be enough to help them address a specific problem and require just a small number of sessions. For others, they may prefer and wish to focus on deeper issues and therefore choose to work on a longer-term basis. Either way this is entirely your decision as the client and can be discussed in more detail during the first session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Level 3 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Level 4 Diploma in counselling Children and Young People
- Foundation certification in Solution focused Practice
- BACP Accredited Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Member of the British Association for counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Mental Health Mentor – Telford MIND
- Trainee Counsellor – Telford MIND
- Qualified Counselling Practitioner - Telford MIND
- I also hold full professional indemnity insurance and have an Enhanced DBS Certificate
Along with the direct Counselling work with MIND, I also have extensive experience of working in a support and mentoring practitioner role with children and young people within the county of Shropshire. I have considerable experience of working with individuals and families who have been exposed to and who have had direct experience of domestic violence and those affected by drug and alcohol use. I also worked for over 15 years within the field of Acquired Brain Injuries – Providing Case Management and support to individuals and their families of those having sustained a traumatic brain injury, which often bring about cognitive, behavioural and physical challenges for the individuals affected.
I also attend regular Continued Professional Development (CPD) events and courses in line with the BACP requirements, to help support my professional practice. This provides me with valuable opportunities to remain up to date with current issues within the field of counselling and Psychotherapy which continue to help support and complement my professional practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Sessions are available weekdays, some weekends and occasional evenings.
£25 for the first introductory / exploratory session
£35 per session thereafter (60 minutes)
Concessions are available for counselling students, individuals on low incomes or in receipt of benefits.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays and Thursdays - Daytime and Evening sessions available. Some weekend appointments available
Types of client