Annette Gensale, Counselling Psychologist, Bromley/West Wickham/ Emsworth P010
The Natural Medicine Centre
72 High Street
07495 973 877
My aim is to help you to have the best life you can. Whether you seek Individual or Couples Counselling, or undertake CBT, Mindfulness, dynamic or integrative therapy, 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.
How I work will be unique to you and I will ensure my fullest understanding of your concerns, whether these be regarding individual, relationship or family issues 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 therapy, even when the work feels challenging.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy in both Private Practice and Primary care in South London and Kent. I am skilled, experienced, creative and patient and able to call upon most psychological and therapeutic models in order to help you. I am able to integrate approaches in order to work in the most effective way to bring you towards caring for yourself and understanding yourself and others.
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.ee listed above what you feel is troubling you. 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.
As a couple you have brought together two different and unique emotional worlds. By using a highly individual approach to couples therapy, which blends aspects of several key therapies, I will be able to work with you both, to maximise the chances of your remaining in your relationship. The goal of couples therapy however, is not to keep couples together who are unhelpful to each other, but to heal their relationship wherever possible, and to be mindful of the stresses upon couples and to support them through difficult times in the life of their 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.
As with all counselling, people come to Couples Counselling for many different reasons. Sometimes they come 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. 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, or sometimes childhood wounds have been impacting the relationship and the couple feel that it is time to look at this. Regardless as to why couples seek counselling, there is always hope for the relationship.
I have been a part of rekindling so many relationships that were thought to be almost completely lost. So please come to Couples Counselling soon and try not to continue to hope it will all go away, or to just give up too easily, or without adding counselling to your important journey together. My free 30 minute assessment will help you both.
Our relationships are the most important aspect of our lives. Couples counselling can help any two people in any relationship to enrich that relationship.
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
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Couples and families
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
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.
Counselling sessions from £40 per session.
I am able to offer reduced fees if your doctor refers you for CBT.
Couples Counselling £70
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 your availability and I will do what I can to help you to access CBT and Counselling, whether individual or couple.
Types of client