Annie Robinson, BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Bringing 'heart' into our work together, I am a fully qualified, BACP Registered and Accredited therapist working in private practice since 2003, alongside considerable workplace experience as a counsellor. My approach is integrative, blending a rich range of theoretical ideas and interventions held together in a relational humanistic base, and now especially informed by an approach called 'Internal Family Systems' (IFS) which I find makes complete body / mind sense to both clients and myself.
I am passionate about the power of this work and am privileged to witness people finding better resolution and healing in their lives. I believe that there are some fundamentals we need: to feel valued, be understood, have connection with other people and ourselves, with our world and nature. So, I work with you as a whole person giving my full attention, bringing in relational dynamics and relevant body / mind awareness, as our bodies often hold keys to emotional states.
I am based in Clevedon, a town just south of Bristol and in North Somerset. Since the onset of COVID19 I have been working on-line using platforms such as zoom, Skype, WhatsApp etc or telephone, and I am heartened at how effective a medium I find this for therapy. The clients who transferred to this medium with me also report ease with this medium. I am not intending to resume in-person therapy until the situate with COVIDis more stable since there is a safe and effective alternative.
I have also for a number of years worked with some clients and supervisees outside - mostly from a park in Bristol, and I am open to this as an option. Working outdoors
can be very rich, not least because physical movement and being in nature are beneficial to us humans physically, spiritually and mentally. It is both similar to indoors therapy and different with its own strengths, and ‘magic’, and fits with my own values with respect to fully respecting and nourishing our environment.
For fuller details see my website: annierobinsoncounselling.co.uk
What I offer you:
I regularly help people with overwhelming mood states, such as depression, sadness, grief, anger and stress; or people troubled by historical experiences, trauma, or health, or just wanting a space to talk things through. Increasingly I work with people with distressing traumatic memories. Very often people come lacking in belief or confidence in themselves, so the work will be about deepening understanding and developing more supportive internal strengths. For couples you may be struggling to understand how your relationship has become disharmonious, feeling unfair, or just stuck, and how difficult it can be to talk things though without defensive behaviours or arguments.
My therapy style is interactive, warm and authentic, with emphasis on building a trusting enough relationship for your therapy. To develop your work, I will gently encourage exploration of any patterns I observe in how eg how you view yourself and/or relate to me (and thus probably others), as keys to greater understanding of yourself and inviting possibility of difference. I believe that real change happens through challenge at your edges of awareness that is sensitive and supportive. I aim to help you develop internal confidence and strength for sustainable change.
You can have brief, focussed work - say 6, 10 or 15 sessions or much longer psychotherapy. Some people want longer term therapy to explore and unpack deeply held personal constructs. I work with people aged 16 + whatever your gender, sexual identity, or cultural background. Wheel chair access available.
I have experience of providing counselling for organisations for their employees. I also have substantive experience working with students.
I believe that each person's therapeutic journey starts before you go along for your first session and that many parallel supports such as friends, complementary therapies, creative activities, interactive apps, yoga or pilates contribute to feeling more restored and/or making significant changes for yourself. Personally I encourage developing mindfulness meditation as a way of engaging with yourself in present moment and contacting the quiet, still place in you.
I commit to work to the BACP Framework of Good Practice and Ethical Principles, which is my professional association.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
My core professional training was obtained through a BACP Accredited Counselling Diploma
- MSc in Counselling (University of Bristol) - incorporating a counselling diploma.
- Diploma and advanced diploma in Embodied Relational Therapy.
- EMI qualified (Eye Movement Integration) to address distressing traumatic memories
- Couples counselling training (modular) led by Juliet Grayson, Inter-action Training and Consultancy.
- Regular professional development training
- Supervision training with University of Bristol - two MA modules in individual and group supervision as well as training in supervision with Cruse Bereavement Care.
My theoretical orientation is holistic and 'integrative' - 'integrating' ideas and techniques, from across the therapeutic approaches (eg humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioural, mindfulness, body psychotherapy).
- Working in private practice since 2003
- Experience providing organisationally based counselling (EAPs)
- Former experience as employed a counselling practitioner within a local University Wellbeing Service
- Prior to my independent practice I worked with counselling agencies specialising in bereavement (Bristol Cruse) and student counselling (UWE).
- Long experience as a tutor/lecturer in counselling training: tutor/lecturer at the University of Bristol (2004 - 8), University of Wales, Newport (programme leader) 2008 - 2010; Network training 2010 - 12. I have been an Associate tutor with Severn Talking Therapies.
- I am a member of CAPPP (former chair) - a networking organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice in the south west.
- I am a Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Registered MBACP Accred. )
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
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All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Health issues. The impact of being disabled.
Individual therapy: £55 per session. Concessionary rates available for people on lower incomes - sliding scale from £40.
Couple therapy: £65 per session.
Organisational counselling: negotiated rate
Supervision: £50 per hour
I recommend an initial 'taster' session to help you check out my approach and how we could work together, for which I charge £40.
Please note: non-attendance of a booked appointment is charged at the hourly rate.
Yanley Court, Long Ashton, is a Centre for complementary therapies with a larger space for pilates, yoga, and other classes. This beautifully converted Barn, provides a tranquil space just 4 miles from Bristol city centre, and is easily accessible from towns and villages in North Somerset. With a staffed reception, and wheelchair access, there is ample car parking. It is next to a newly developed cycle route from Bristol and the local bus stop is on the main road through Long Ashton (a 10 minute walk). See http://www.yanleycourt.co.uk/