Anne (Aine) Bourke BPC Registered Psychotherapist
“It is never too late to become the person you might have been.” George Eliot
I believe counselling works because we all need to tell our own stories, to have them listened to and understood with compassion. Personal growth can come from being able to tell your own story.
My original training is in English Literature so in my work I try to link the imaginative understanding that comes from literature with the profound insights about the inner world which come from my psychotherapy training. Literature also emphasises just how different we all are as people and how we all have a complex and unique inner world. I believe that counselling works by listening with real attention, not just to what is said but also to the gaps in between. Working on what cannot be said is often the key to unlocking change.
My approach is broadly psychodynamic. This is a way of thinking about the powerful and often unconscious links between the past and present. The sense of being overwhelmed by painful feelings or unwanted impulses is often linked to the past. I trained as a psychotherapist after a 20 year career in teaching. This experience has given me a special interest in working with parents and with the inter-generational trauma which may arise unwanted in the way you parent your own children. I am also experienced in working through life transitions and in counselling students in training.
For what kinds of problems are people looking for help?
People most often come forward with difficulties in their relationships. This often shows itself in what is felt as depression or anxiety. In my experience, counselling can help in the pain of working through separation, divorce and affairs and exploring what the future might hold.
Some clients are trying to resolve long-standing problems which they may have tried and failed to resolve themselves. Complex family dynamics mean that it can be very difficult to talk to one another and being able to speak openly in counselling can be a great relief. Sometimes clients are struggling to come to terms with a loss, either through bereavement, separation or loss of work and status.
But often my clients are troubled in a way that is difficult to name. What they are looking for is a space in which they can talk safely and reflect on their own life story in their own way.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
- British Psychoanalytic Council, Registered Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
- Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, Wessex Counselling Service
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, University of Reading, Distinction
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of London Institute of Education
- M.A. English Language & Literature, University of Cambridge
I did my counselling training at the University of Reading where my postgraduate work was awarded a Distinction. I worked there for a number of years in a community service counselling clients with long-term difficulties such as bipolar disorder and suicidal depression.
I have a particular interest in women’s issues and work in the Women’s Therapy Centre in Bristol (Womankind). My experience includes working with sexual abuse survivors, relationships which involved domestic violence and with the profound effects in relationships of low self-esteem. I continue to work there with refugees and asylum seekers.
I have specialist training in bereavement and loss, having trained and worked with Cruse, the national bereavement service. The shock and pain of bereavement and the impact of long-term illness are areas I have particular experience in working through in counselling.
Cruse Bereavement Care, Qualified Counsellor
Integrative counselling training, Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (bcpc)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Long-term illness, death and dying
Boarding school issues
Students in counselling training
Initial appointment - there is no charge for our initial appointment
This is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss how we might work together. We can also explore whether you want short or long-term counselling. This first appointment lasts 45 minutes.
Counselling requires commitment and trust for change to happen. Regular weekly sessions are important in this so I see clients once a week at a regular time for 50 minutes. My fees are £40 per session.
I keep some low-cost places in my practice. Please ask for further details.
My private practice is in Frome where I work with a wide variety of issues and individuals in both open-ended and short-term counselling.
As a registered psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council, I work within their code of ethics which values qualities such as being trustworthy, integrity and professionalism. My work is regularly supervised and I continue to update my practice with further training.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client