Anne Shields BA (Hons), PG Dip, MBACP (Accred), MBABCP
As well as more than 20 years working as a Counsellor and several as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Mental Health has been an interest and specialism throughout my career.
I am experienced in working with people faced with problems common in day to day life, such as anxiety and depression, obsessive-compulsive traits, post-traumatic stress, anger and others. In addition I have a special interest in social and performance anxiety – whether you feel uncomfortably self-conscious in social situations or panic-stricken at the thought of giving a speech, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can give you practical skills and help you build confidence. Having experienced these issues myself I know how painful they are and how liberating the right sort of help can be.
A guiding principle of mine as a counsellor and in life is to treat others as I would wish to be treated. This together with the type of counselling in which I trained (Integrative) and the approach which I have developed over the years means that you will be treated as the unique individual which you are. We will decide together the focus of the counselling/therapy, the duration and have in mind a realistic outcome.
There are so many reasons why people decide it is time to seek talking help: whether you are clear about your reason or need to explore this, a counsellor or therapist can provide objectivity, support and space.
You will find me both friendly and professional – I look forward to meeting and working with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
1993: Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, University of East London
1995: Accredited Counsellor, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
1996-2001: Counsellor in Primary Care, Newham NHS Psychology Service
1996-2002: Counsellor for Employee Assistance Programme
2010: Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, London South Bank University
2013- ongoing: Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, NHS, Essex
I am keen to keep up to date with developments in counselling and CBT and attend courses and seminars regularly, as well as reading the latest research.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Assessment Session: £50
Appointments: £60 daytime, £70 evening
I am happy to have a telephone conversation to answer any questions and help you decide if I am the right therapist for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client