Annabelle Hird, MBACP
Movers & Shapers
125 St. Margarets Road
I have worked with a broad client base presenting with varied issues ranging from feeling sad to generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder, relationship issues to seasonal affective disorder and believe passionately in the power of an empathetic, supportive therapeutic relationship.
I think therapy should offer a client the opportunity to talk about themselves and their world without the fear of judgement, whilst providing the opportunity to learn about how they can make changes to improve their emotional well-being.
I offer a the space and support that so many people are lacking in their lives to help them through whatever it is they are struggling with.
Whilst I am experienced with, and enjoy continuing to work with clients struggling with many issues, my area of particular interest is perinatal mental health. I have worked with women struggling to conceive, women undergoing IVF treatment, women who are struggling with anxiety during pregnancy, women who have suffered miscarriage or stillbirth and women suffering with postnatal depression. I offer a gentle approach to what I believe to be potentially one of the most difficult transitions a human being can experience. I am also set up to make babies under 12 months old welcome in the room with there mothers if that is preferred.
Training, qualifications & experience
I begun my training at the Tavistock and Portman and furthered my training and qualifications at The Gestalt Centre. I am a registered member of the BACP.
I have been counselling with Cocoon Family Support, working with women suffering with postnatal depression and anxiety. I currently facilitate their drop in group on a Saturday morning in at MIND in Camden.
I also work with Off The Record in Twickenham counselling adolescents and young people.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Each session costs £50 and is payable in cash at the beginning of the session. I offer a free initial consultation.
Weekend and evening sessions are available for £60
Skype Consultations £40
Clients come to me once a week for a 50 minute session at a regular time. Some clients choose to come for an indefinite period of time. This way of working allows for a client to really establish a relationship with me and the gives the opportunity to explore many areas of difficulty. It is also useful if a client requires a supportive relationship through various difficulties as and when they arise.
Whilst long-term therapy can be extremely supportive I appreciate that involves a level of commitment that is not easy. Short-term therapy usually involves more of a structure and lasts around 12 weeks. The early sessions are spent getting to know each other and then having established a focus we will move towards deeper work at around session 3. We can discuss timescales that suit you in an initial telephone conversation prior to meeting and this can be re-evaluated at any point if you feel your needs have changed.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I currently have availability during the day on weekdays. Do contact me if you would prefer an evening or weekend slot, they do become available and I will see what I am able to offer.
Types of client