Would it be helpful to talk about what's troubling you in confidence and in a non-judgemental and supportive atmosphere? Do you feel a need to make sense of what is happening in your life right now? Would it help to have a better understanding of yourself and others? Do you want to find ways to feel better about yourself and to move forward?
The process of counselling supports you in exploring and reflecting on whatever is troubling you. It can help you to make sense of difficulties; gain new perspectives; discover helpful strategies and inner resources. It is a positive process which can empower you to make the choices and changes you need in your life.
I offer short term focused work (6-12 sessions) as well as longer term in depth work depending on your needs.
Please call me if you have any further questions or to book an appointment for an initial assessment session in which we can discuss your particular needs and situation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Counselling from the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and also a member of the Association for Psychospiritual Practitioners.
My professional background is in teaching adults and I have worked abroad as well as in Colleges of Further Education in London.
I have several years varied experience of working therapeutically with individuals as a smoking cessation advisor, telephone help line work and bereavement visiting. I worked as a voluntary counsellor with Barnet Carers where I gained experience of the many issues affecting carers.
My counselling experience includes therapeutic work with individual parents in a children's centre setting. This involved working with a variety of presenting issues both general (eg managing anxiety, depression, stress and relationship problems) as well as more specific issues of parenting. I have trained as a 'Triple P' (Positive Parenting Programme) group facilitator and have worked on parenting programmes teaching strategies and behavioural approaches to more effective, stress free and enjoyable parenting.
I also have experience of working with cancer patients and their families.
Psychosynthesis is a creative and integrative approach to working therapeutically. It gives a framework which includes and embraces all the different aspects of our experience: body, feelings, mind, and spirit - encouraging a greater connection and integration of these aspects. Within this framework the approach uses models from a variety of other orientations (eg humanistic or person centred, psychodynamic and behavioural therapies) in response to the needs and situation of the individual.
As with all therapeutic approaches creating a relationship of trust and acceptance is fundamental to the work and it is important that you, as the client, feel confident in the therapist's genuine interest, care and concern.
Questions of meaning, purpose and the realisation of our full potential are especially relevant to a psychosynthesis approach which can support you in opening up and exploring your thoughts, feelings and experiences in this area. I am able to use, for example, guided relaxation, meditation and visualisation exercises to facilitate this.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss of Meaning and Purpose
My fee is £50.00 for a session lasting one hour.
Some concessionary places may also be available.
'I have really valued my experience with Anne because it helped me to overcome certain repeated behaviour patterns that I had been looking to change, but did not know how. Anne was able to give me valuable tools to use, which have allowed me to be the person I really want to be. Every session has left me with something to reflect upon. I feel I have gained a deeper understanding of myself, and consequently my relationships with others have been positively affected. Thank you!' Ms K
'The sessions were very beneficial to me in helping to express myself more, acknowledge feelings and explore their origins. Helped me to understand others’ perspective of a situation.' Ms C
‘My cancer journey has been a less frightening experience as a result of having counselling and being allowed the space and the time to really dig deep and work through my fears and emotions as they changed along the way. I feel I am in a totally different place emotionally than I was at the beginning of my diagnosis .’ Ms. G.
'I found the sessions very helpful. I could talk freely in an atmosphere of safety and understanding and find ways to cope with the loss of my husband. Anne's very calm and reassuring approach helped me to feel relaxed and welcomed. Thank you.' Ms N
'My experience of counselling was very rewarding. I have learned relaxation techniques and also how to think things through. It was good to have someone non judgemental. Having counselling has helped me to be more positive and assertive; I also learnt that it is ok to say no.' Ms G
'I really valued being listened to. The sessions were very helpful. They gave me a chance to really be myself and talk about issues which have affected my life in a profound way.' Mr C
'I have felt so comfortable and safe with Anne as my counsellor that I have been able to sift though and explore a multitude of feelings and emotions with her help and guidance. With Anne's patience and encouragement I have looked at the dark, hidden, angry feelings and been able to make sense of them and understand them much better and use these feelings in a much more positive and useful way that is much less damaging and negative to me as a person. My cancer journey has been a less frightening experience as a result of having counselling.' Ms G
'Therapeutic Counselling with Anne has helped me in ways I never thought it would. I have had important insights into my life and my situation which are helping me to think about changes I'd like to make. I feel encouraged to keep exploring. Ms B
'Although it was sometimes difficult to realise aspects of my personality were negative and to be challenged, my overall experience of counselling was very positive and I would definitely return. I enjoyed feeling understood and also feeling much better about my life. I now understand myself much better. I will use the new 'skills' daily. Ms M
‘Counselling has taught me that no matter how scary a situation is, with the correct guidance you can gain the strength you need to get through.’ Ms S