Annette Gensale, Counselling Psychologist, Bromley/West Wickham
The Artemis Clinic
07495 973 877
My aim is to help you to have the best life you can and to free your life from anxiety. Whether you seek Individual or Relationship Counselling, Compassionate CBT or Psychotherapy, the only skill you need is to be yourself, as you are, right now. It is important to me that I support you to express yourself freely.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in both Private Practice and GP surgeries. I am HPCP registered and BPS accredited. I am skilled, creative and patient and able to call upon most psychological and therapeutic models. I may integrate approaches in order to work most effectively with you towards enabling you to better understand and care for yourself and others.
Whether your difficulty is connected with family or work relationships, or concerns confidence or anxiety, or perhaps a specific fear or phobia, and whether or not there is an issue of trust or betrayal, something is making you want to seek support in order to feel better about 'you'. Sometimes this is because there has been a change in your life. Low mood is common when we feel uncertain or threatened by change, causing anxiety, such as can happen with post natal depression. Low mood may follow any struggle of any kind, even when you have succeeded in your efforts.
How I work will be unique to you and I will ensure my fullest understanding of your concerns and regardless of your level of confidence or anxiety. For some people, this process will take them through an emotional journey towards appreciating who they already are, and for others, this will involve my being alongside them in counselling sessions as they explore and undertake very important change. All therapies, including Cognitive based therapies, depend upon a strong and boundaried relationship between the client or clients and their therapist and our good communication together will be key to you having the best therapy. I will aim to support you to feel comfortable in your counselling, even when the work feels challenging.
Counselling and Psychological Treatments:
Our work together can involve as little as one session, or relatively few sessions, or it can be longer term therapy if this is assessed as best, or is desired by you. You can receive your therapy in person, or by skype or through telephone counselling. I can offer you specific psychological treatments, or I can work as an Integrative Counsellor by applying a blend of more than one approach to whatever is troubling you. The way that each approach would be tailored would be highly specific to you. It is not enough to know counselling approaches as techniques; success is maximised by working with you to create the best therapeutic treatment for you. I will help you to explore, clarify and work through your thoughts and feelings towards being a healthier and more confident you.
How I can help:
I offer Counselling and Therapy for:
Parent and Child joint CBT (please call to discuss):
Group Counselling for Parenting, Anxiety, Confidence and Self-esteem.:
I may use any of the approaches below, individually or in combination:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Schema Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT)
- Creative Therapies
- Couples and Systems Therapy
I aim to involve you as much as possible in helpful change and I would share with you my skills and strategies openly and collaboratively.
Couples and Relationship Counselling...
As a couple you have brought together two different and unique emotional worlds. By using a highly individual approach to relationship counselling, which blends aspects of several key therapies, I will be able to work with you both, to enrich your relationship. Relationships are not just about you as a couple, they are about how each partner views themselves and the world around them and how they feel that the world has viewed them in their past and in their present. I aim to help couples to explore the stresses upon them and to support them through difficult times in the life of their relationship. The goal of couples counselling is to maximise the health of your relationship and to keep it at its best.
As with all counselling, people come to Couples Counselling for many different reasons. You do not have to have serious problems in your relationship, you may simply want to explore an aspect of your relationship in order to keep your relationship healthy. It may even be that one of you has suffered an individual trauma but you feel it best to deal with this as a couple. It is healthy to be proactive and to seek couples counselling before any crisis. Please do not feel that it will be assumed that your relationship is in any serious trouble just because you have sought support as a couple.
Sometimes couples do come to counselling in the middle of a crisis, perhaps because a sudden event has caused trauma or distress within the relationship. Often one or other of them may feel hopeless at the possibility of mending and nurturing their relationship. Unlike in individual therapy, there are two people who may feel very differently about their relationship, and about counselling, as they walk in the door to see me. One may feel brought along by the other and the other may feel offended or anxious about the unwillingness of the other. The relationship may have experienced a change which feels frightening or threatening. It may be that something has caused a fracture in the relationship and trust has been damaged. The couple may be distressed as a result of an argument, or an affair or betrayal, or just have fears regarding trust. Alternatively, couples may come to therapy after many years of having wondered whether they should try to get some help from someone outside of their relationship. Sometimes life’s pressures have harmed the relationship temporarily, or sometimes childhood wounds have been impacting the relationship and the couple feel that it is time to look at this. Wherever possible, the aim will be to heal and nourish your relationship.
I have been a part of rekindling so many relationships that were thought to be almost completely lost. So please come to Relationship Counselling soon and try not to continue to hope it will all go away, or to just give up too easily without adding counselling to your important journey together. My free 30 minute assessment will help you both. Couples counselling can help any two people in any relationship, to enrich that relationship.
Family and Relationship Issues...
Relationship issues, may be part of family issues, or you may be wanting to explore relationship difficulties as a parent, or with one or more members of your family, or indeed a friendship or work group. Our relationships are the most important aspect of our lives. I will be happy to support you to find the best way forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol).
HCPC/BPS Registered and Accredited.
Psychology BSc; MSc.
Psychology and Communication PGCE.
Diploma in Supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Singers and other Creative artists
Couples and family groups
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/parents of young people with OCD
Parenting issues and Stress.
Being a parent of a child or young person with special needs or mental health difficulties;
Post natal depression
Self-harmful behavioural strategies
Self-esteem and Identity issues
Entertainment business and related issues
Somatic problems – how stress is expressed through your body
Music and language processing
Parents and children who are hearing impaired. .
Sign Language:- I have a strong understanding of deaf culture. If you are a hearing child of deaf parents, or if you would like to see if I can be of help with the little signing I have, and the good understanding of speech from a hearing impaired person that I am told I have, or just good understanding of some of the experiences you might have had as a person who is hearing impaired, or who is from a family where there are individuals who have hearing impairment, please do email me to discuss. You may however, find this link more useful than I can be for you: http://righttherapist.com/dir/languages/british-sign-language.
Research and involvement:
Parents' childhood experiences of the mental illness of one or more parent.
Person-centred curriculum in psychology and psychiatry
How we begin…
I offer a free 30 minute telephone assessment for us to begin to work out how I might help you. During assessment, I will explore both what you feel you know about yourself and what may be upsetting or confusing you. In this assessment I will endeavour to determine how we may start to work together.
I offer counselling sessions from £50 per 50 minute session (£40 concessions).
I am able to offer specialist rates if your doctor refers you for CBT.
I offer supervision at £60 per hour (£50 concessions)
I offer relationship counselling for couples, or any two people at £70 per each 50 minutes (double sessions are recommended) - For relationship counselling for more than two individuals, please contact me to discuss.
I offer 'one session' CBT (3 hours intensive for a specific issue) for £180
Keep Yourself Safe...
It is important that you always remember that counselling is NOT an emergency point of contact.
Outside of your counselling sessions, keep yourself safe by doing your best to stay aware and to remain honest about the extent of any low feelings you have. Look ahead and make sure that you know who to contact should you ever suddenly feel at risk. Make your own list of what will help you if you feel low,
You may find the following helpful:
If you live in the UK, the quickest way that the Samaritans recommend that you contact them is by phone on 116 123, this number is FREE to call.
There should be a crisis team in your area available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Find out the local telephone number for the Crisis Team in your area.
Call 999 or go straight to your local Accident and Emergency Department in your local hospital if you ever feel at immediate risk.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please contact me to discuss availability and I will do all I can to help you to access Counselling, CBT, or a Therapy most helpful to you - as an individual, or part of any relationship.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer supervision for qualified counsellors and also, when I have availability, for trainee counsellors, as I limit the number of trainees I work with in order to ensure I can give each sufficient support.View supervision profile