Anja Trenkle, BA(Hons), PgDip, MSc, MBACP Accredited
I am a BACP accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist and practice from Shoreditch, E1. I first started seeing clients in 2001 and over the last 18 years have worked with the vast majority of problems people can experience in life, in a range of different settings
Today I work solely in private practice where I see clients from a wide range of backgrounds for individual counselling and psychotherapy and with a wide range of presenting problems, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems and lack of confidence.
To get a sense of how I work, and what our work together may involve, please feel free to contact me for an initial consultation with no obligation to continue.
For those who would like to read a bit more about therapy and me, please find further information below:
Why people seek therapy
The decision to seek a counsellor or psychotherapist can sometimes be daunting, yet we all know that talking through problems with somebody else can offer immense relief.
Whilst sometimes it might be sufficient to turn to a friend or family member for help, there are times in our lives when our problems are more difficult to understand and untangle. We may find that our difficulties are more persistent and deep-seated in some way, and that there is a nagging sense of something not being right.
We may feel trapped in particular behaviours and addictions, wonder why our relationships always seem to be taking the same course, or why we’re not achieving our potential.
There may be a sense of not being fulfilled or alive somehow, despite everything we have achieved.
We may find it difficult to manage our anger, feel depressed, anxious, lacking in self-esteem and confidence, struggling with questions about life and love, finding it difficult to make decisions, or may feel unsettled by a particular event, crisis or traumatic situation.
People come to therapy for a myriad of reasons, be it to find a way through a particularly challenging time in their lives or for personal development. The time to seek therapy is when you feel there is something that is troubling you in some sort of way that you would like to explore. Sometimes somebody just comes, without knowing what exactly may be upsetting them, and the reason for seeking help only becomes clear as the work progresses.
Why embark on counselling or psychotherapy?
Who we are today is influenced by a complex mixture of our past experiences, our relationships with others, but also the wider context in which we live and work and how we interact and respond to our environment. Counselling and Psychotherapy offers a space in which you can talk freely and in confidence about your difficulties and supports you in working through your problems, so that you can find a different way forward.
Whilst sometimes the initial work may be focused on stabilisation to make life more bearable again, medium to longer-term work is about examining the stories we tell ourselves about events from the past but also about who we are today. One of the reasons why we often find ourselves trapped in particular patterns is that we all develop certain coping mechanisms to deal with painful situations. Whilst often useful in the past, these once self-protective behaviours can become self-destructive, stopping us from taking a more active part in life, and may find expression in a range of different guises, self-limiting beliefs, alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, low self-esteem, insecurity, fear of rejection, constant worry, problems with intimate relationships, etc.
People can and do change, and in fact we all continue to do so throughout our lives. Whilst counselling and psychotherapy is neither a quick fix nor a magical cure, for many clients, counselling and psychotherapy becomes a real investment in themselves and they find it liberating to confide in somebody like they can’t with anybody else.
How does therapy work and what you can expect from me?
The work of counselling and psychotherapy is about clarifying, articulating and thinking about our difficulties in a safe and trusting relationship. It is often in working through the details of our past and present, that new understandings are formed and that we can begin to break free of old patterns of behaving and being and find a new way forward.
Because everyone is different, I treat each person as an individual. In my work with you I aim to make you feel comfortable so you can talk freely about what is on your mind, and I will support you in developing greater self-awareness and understanding of your difficulties in addressing the unconscious and conscious roots of your problems. I see therapy as a collaborative, joint process; my role is not about giving you advice or telling you what to do, but I will actively engage with you to explore and work through the dilemmas and questions you are facing in your life. I will listen carefully to what you have to say, but I will also ask questions, point things out, invite you to talk further about something, and underline important points, and together we will try to make sense of what you're experiencing.
Short-term counselling or long-term therapy?
The length of time people come to counselling and psychotherapy varies. Some seek counselling to work through a particular difficulty or problem, and once the immediate crisis has resolved/stabilised, decide that they want to get on with the rest of their life. Sometimes a longer period may be required, and sometimes people decide that they would like to continue their therapy to further their personal development and explore the deeper seated issues of what was prompting them to seek help in the first place. You can decide this from the outset or as we go along.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over the last 18 years, I have worked in a range of different settings, including as a Senior Therapist at the London Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the University of Greenwich Student Counselling Service, Wandsworth Bereavement Service and several community counselling centres. I also previously managed an alcohol counselling service in East London for people with varying degrees of alcohol and drug dependence and family members and friends affected.
In more recent years, I worked as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist at St. Mungo's with clients with severe mental health difficulties, and also specifically provided consultancy and clinical supervision/reflective practice to one of the mental health projects. I have facilitated training for other counsellors and psychotherapists, and co-authored a paper which was published in Psychodynamic Practice, one of the leading publications for psychodynamic counsellors and psychotherapists.
Training and Qualifications
I hold a Master's Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (MSc Therapeutic Counselling) from University of Greenwich, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from Goldsmiths College, University of London. I am a BACP accredited and UKRCP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and adhere by their ethical framework.
In addition to my core training I have attended a range of seminars, workshops and short courses, including on Attachment Theory, Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Working with Shame, Bereavement and Loss, as well as several conferences on Psychotherapy for Addiction.
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
Early Childhood Experiences
Living with terminal illness
My fee for the initial consultation is £60.
Fees for ongoing sessions are based on a sliding scale between 60 and 80 pounds dependent on your income and personal circumstances.
I operate a 48 hour cancellation policy. For appointments cancelled within less than 48 hours, the fee is still payable.