Ann Collier - B.Ed, Reg MBACP, Chartered MCIPD, Dip Couns.
[PLEASE NOTE: With the current COVID-19 situation, I’m only offering telephone counselling or online counselling through Skype and Zoom at the moment. Although face to face is preferred by many clients, my experience has shown me that these alternative approaches can be just as effective in these restrictive times to get the help you need.]
I'm a Psychosynthesis Counsellor with over 20 years experience who can help you to explore what's worrying you from different perspectives enabling you to find answers and ways to get through your difficulties so you can start fulfilling more of your true potential.
As well as providing you with a safe, confidential, non-judgemental, respectful, supportive, and caring place to build an open and trusting relationship between us, my experience in Psychosynthesis can also give you the choice to explore using other techniques like Gestalt Therapy, Creative Visualisation, Drawing and Symbolism if you want to. More importantly, Psychosynthesis counselling not only helps you look into the influences of the past and gives you a thorough understanding of what you're going through at the moment to find answers, it also keeps a focus on your hopes and dreams for the future and what adds meaning and purpose to your life.
I personally found Psychosynthesis therapy to be so effective and such a turning point for change in my own life that I chose to take a 3 year in depth training so that I could help others become more of who they really want to be.
Those everyday life problems I can especially help with are: relationship issues, periods of change, traumatic experiences, feelings of depression, stress, panic or anxiety, low self-confidence, low self-esteem or low assertiveness, anger management, affairs and betrayals, falling into addictive behaviours, mid-life crisis or having no sense of meaning & purpose to life, bereavement & loss, child or family issues, career counselling, work related issues and redundancy. My website link at the top of this page explains more about me and how I work and gives more detail about the issues I can cover.
As I previously had a business career I can really appreciate and include your professional issues within the counselling process if needed. I am also able to offer a couples counselling service that encourages and supports more constructive, equal and open communication about those issues that stand in the way of moving the relationship on and I have experience of working with the needs of teenagers and young adults.
I hope you will find me to be the sort of person you can open up to - I'm understanding, can be challenging when the time is right and will always put your needs first so you can really get to the heart of whatever it is that's concerning you.
Here’s what some of my clients have said:
"I want to thank you for the way you have made me feel safe.... to share with you things that have been locked away and hidden from the world for years... This has made me feel lighter and the most free I have ever felt in my life."
"you've shown me how to understand myself... I have more insight into my patterns and more choice surrounding future actions... you've shown me where my strength is and how to find it when I've been challenged... you've influenced me in a hugely positive way."
"You have had a gift of making me feel relaxed during heightened stress and I think I have left every one of our sessions with more hope than when I arrived."
“seeing you was a huge help for me, especially with decision making and moving on with things from the past. I came to enjoy our sessions very much and felt very safe and comforted by you.”
"When I first met you I can honestly say I could never see my life, or my perspective on life changing so much so that I would be where I am today"
"Thank you for all your insight, ability to help others find their own solutions and your kindness."
"The skills you have taught me will stay with me for life."
"you have helped me turn my life around."
"During the process of working through a great number of issues with you, I now feel I am in control of my own life."
"I cannot know where I would be now if I had not had the good fortune (or sound judgement in this case!!) to contact you for guidance. I do know it would not have been in such a good place."
"I came to trust the Psychosynthesis process completely. Through it you learn to look for balance in your life ... to look at issues from every conceivable angle ... This process opens life up, life can be what I want it to be."
"From the start I found you to be kind and empathetic whilst at the same time challenging my rigidly held beliefs ... Thank you for all your help, for the tissues and the laughter."
I'm committed to helping all the people I work with to gain insights and to find the power to solve all sorts of problems so please ring or email me to see if I can fit the bill for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Bachelor of Education (Hons)
PG Diploma in Counselling and Therapy from the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work
A practising Counsellor since 1996
A previous career in Teaching, Sales, Management and my own Consultancy Business
An experienced Coach/Trainer in Personal Development and Outplacement Programmes
A Lead Facilitator of Empowerment Projects for groups of Teenagers
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Lack of Meaning or Purpose in Life
Redundancy and Career Counselling
Counselling for Teenagers and Young Adults
Life Coaching and Personal Development
Individuals: £45 for a 50 minute session. Couples: £55 for a one hour session.
A limited number of lower fees are negotiable.
I'm happy to have an initial telephone discussion with you and to refund the first session if either of us should decide we're not suited to work together. All being well, we would then usually agree to see each other weekly for a limited number of sessions and to then review and book further sessions as required from there on. I currently work from Monday to Thursday up to 6.30pm with some flexibility from week to week on the day and time available and I do ask for at least 24 hours notice of a cancellation wherever possible to avoid a charge.
Monday to Thursday including lunchtimes and evenings up to 6.30pm
My practise is at my home in Petts Wood which lies between Bromley and Chislehurst. Parking is easy and I'm only an 8 minute walk from Petts Wood station.
Showing you what I'm like and how I can help from this page alone is virtually impossible so you can find out more by clicking the link to my website at the top of this page or please contact me by phone or email to get a better feel for whether I could be the right counsellor for you.