Anne (Aine) Bourke MA, PGDip, BACP (Accred)
Frome Medical Centre
16 Keyford Gardens
“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 rich and moving story. In my counselling practice I pay attention to your unique inner world so that we can work together to gain insight into your own patterns of feeling and relating. My work is based on your needs and does not rely on a manual or set of techniques.
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. This is a very different approach to working with questionnaires or standardised methods but my experience is that when we are struggling with painful life experiences we need to be able to find a way to express our own individual story.
I trained as a counsellor after a 20 year career in teaching. This experience has given me a real sense of just how complex family dynamics can be and how difficult it can be for different generations to talk to one another. I have a special interest in adolescence and in the difficult transition involved in leaving home and in finding a place in the world. I am also experienced in working with parents and with the inter-generational trauma which may arise unwanted in the way you parent your own children.
I am particularly interested in the way that key life changes affect us all. Counselling can help in the pain of working through separation, divorce and affairs and exploring what the future might hold. It can also help in depression, as this is often linked to mid-life changes or to the kind of transitions which happen at retirement or after leaving school or college. Losses such as bereavement or ill health can also cause extreme anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained 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 worked for several years in the Women’s Therapy Centre in Bristol (Womankind). My experience there included working with sexual abuse survivors, relationships which involved domestic violence and with the profound effects in relationships of low self-esteem.
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.
- MBACP (Accredited) British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means that my training and experience is approved by a professional body. I have also achieved BACP Accreditation with is a higher level of qualification awarded to those with substantial extra experience.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, University of Reading, Distinction
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of London Institute of Education
- M.A. (Cantab) English Language & Literature, University of Cambridge
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
- 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)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Long-term illness, death and dying
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. My consulting rooms are wheelchair-accessible.
I also have a private clinical practice in the new Frome Medical Centre in Enos Way on Wednesday evenings from 5-8.
As an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 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
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