Anna Alward MA, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accredited)
Hello and welcome. I am so sorry that the practice is full at the moment, and I am not able to take on any more ongoing work. Occasionally there is availability for a one-off session. There is a waiting list for ongoing therapy.
The search for the right therapist can be quite daunting, and it can be helpful to contact a few different ones before you decide. I welcome enquiries, so do contact me if you have any questions, and I will try to be of help. The best way to contact me is by email - we can then arrange a telephone call at a time that suits you.
I work in Ramsgate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The practice is currently fully booked, but if you send me an email to let me know the best times for you to attend a session, I will do my best to find a time as soon as possible. Please note that there is sometimes availability for a one-off, extended session, which can be of help in itself. When you contact me, please let me know the best days and times for you to attend sessions.
I work part time for a national organisation and part time from a large office in my house in Ramsgate.
SAFETY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
I work according to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy code of Ethics and Practice. You can read more about this at www.bacp.co.uk.
I hold full professional indemnity insurance and work according to the BACP guidelines for ethical practice. I also have an Enhanced DBS Certificate. My aim is to provide a safe space to talk in confidence about any issue.
Training, qualifications & experience
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited Counsellor
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
BA Hons 1987 (English and Drama)
MSc in Anthropology, University of London 1995
MA and Advanced Dip Psych, Regents University, London
School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology 2003
Cert Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 1996
Diploma in Stress Management 1996
Accredited Bereavement Counsellor 1997
Training and experience in working with bereaved children, 1998 onwards
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 1998-2000
Transcultural Therapy Training at Goldsmiths College 2000
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy 2001-2003
Registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy since 2003
Training in Couples Therapy 2003-2004
GHR Registered Hypnotherapist since 2006
Training in dream work at the British Association for Psychotherapy
Training in Creative Therapy at IATE
Jungian Sand tray therapy training
Specialised training in therapy for trauma, including EMDR levels 1,2 and 3 from 2008-2010
Member of the EMDR Association of United Kingdom and Ireland
Diploma in Clinical Supervision 2010
UKCP Registered Clinical Supervisor
Specialised training in CBT for Insomnia 2013
Advanced training in Couples Therapy 2014
Training in MBCT Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 2017-2019
I enjoy working with people of all ages, cultures and walks of life. My experience includes working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for national organisations including the NHS. As well as being a registered practitioner, I have also been awarded accredited status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years.
HOW I WORK
I use a combination of theories to inform my work, and in consultation with you, devise a way of working which is best suited to your needs. It is difficult to say exactly how we would work together until I meet you, but I am able to offer a range of experience and training that includes on the one hand, short term, solution focused therapy, often using CBT, and on the other hand, longer term work, often using psychodynamic and relational theories. I enjoy my work and have over 20 years experience as a psychological counsellor and psychotherapist.
I think it is essential to take a holistic view of each individual, which includes the mind, the body and the spirit. The extent of my training and experience enables me to formulate a way of working that I hope will be the most effective for you, depending on your life experiences, personality and presenting problem.
I believe very strongly that counselling and psychotherapy can be beneficial. I have also been through my own journey in therapy.
HOW MANY SESSIONS?
There are many factors that influence how many sessions will be needed. Some people find that a few sessions make a great difference. For other people, it is helpful to continue for several months and sometimes years. The important thing is to keep talking about this as the therapy progresses.
CONTACTING ME TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
If you would like to explore this further, why not arrange a first session, or assessment. This first appointment gives you the opportunity to talk in confidence and to decide whether you feel you would like to work with me. There is no obligation to continue after this unless you decide that you would like to do so.
I offer a full assessment at our first meeting. This is extended to at least 75 minutes to give you the time to talk things through and the opportunity to decide if you would like to continue for further sessions. During the session, I will listen carefully to you and will be thinking about the most effective ways of working with you. Following the assessment I will continue to think about the work and often spend a further hour writing assessment notes, which are kept in a secure place. Sometimes I also take the work to a confidential supervision session with a professional colleague. I aim to work carefully and adhere to ethical guidelines at all times.
If you decide that you would like to continue, sessions of therapy usually take place at the same time each week. For this reason it is helpful to think about the best time for you to attend. I usually work on a once-weekly basis, but twice weekly sessions can be helpful for some people.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
I am qualified to work with you on all issues listed above. In addition to this I can also offer:
Emotional support through life transitions such as bereavement, difficulties in relationships, separation and divorce.
Supportive therapy for women experiencing PMS or the Menopause.
Specialist therapy for depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Stress Management and Anger Management
Therapy for severe anxiety including panic disorder
Working with dreams
Inner Child work
Sand tray therapy
I can offer sessions of hypnotherapy within a psychotherapeutic framework. Hypnotherapy can be helpful for relaxation, stress management, self-esteem, and many other issues.
SPECIALISED TREATMENT FOR INSOMNIA
5 sessions of CBT for insomnia, as recommended by Professor Kevin Morgan, of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University.
If you are interested in any of these therapies and would like to know more, please ask, and I will be happy to provide more information.
I also have knowledge of personal training, healthy eating and yoga.
I OFTEN WORK WITH::
Mental health professionals, social workers, doctors, teachers, lawyers, managers and people who work in the creative arts. I also see young people, older adults and individuals and couples of all ages who are experiencing anxiety, stress, depression or relationship difficulties.
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINEES
I enjoy working with counselling and psychotherapy trainees and over the past 15 years, have provided training therapy for students at the University of Kent, Christchurch University Canterbury, Goldsmiths College, the University of Greenwich, Roehampton University, Inter Psyche, The Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education, The Centre for Child Mental Health, Play Therapy UK, The Minster Centre, The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, Regents University School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology and Adult Education Counselling courses in London and Kent. If you are a trainee looking for therapy, please send me an email and we can arrange an introductory session. Concessionary fees are available.
I am a qualified supervisor, registered with the UKCP, and aim to work creatively, using my experience of over 20 years as a counsellor in several different work placements and as a psychotherapist in an NHS hospital. I currently provide individual and group supervision to psychodynamic and integrative counsellors and psychotherapists. Specialist interests include bereavement, abuse, anxiety and trauma. I welcome new enquiries.
Please note that Supervision can now be offered via Skype.
Extended initial assessment: £75.00 As a psychotherapist, I offer an extended initial assessment of 75 minutes. This can be a one-off session if needed, and is often of help in itself.
Couples: £75.00 per 60 minute session. Extended initial assessment: £90.00
Extended sessions for individuals or couples can be arranged.
TELEPHONE OR SKYPE SESSIONS
I offer sessions via Skype for individuals at my usual fee
HYPNOTHERAPY £75.00 per hour
EMDR £75.00 per hour
CLINICAL SUPERVISION - £70.00 Concessions available for trainees or newly qualified psychotherapists. Sessions can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Extended sessions of 1.5 hours can be arranged.
I am a recognised associate practitioner with Nuffield Health, Vitality, Aviva and other insurance companies. Occasionally, I work for EAP schemes (Employee Assistance Programmes). Fees payable by organisations are usually set at a higher rate than for self referrals. If you are seeking to refer on behalf of an organisation, please ask about fees before proceeding.
TRAINEES - concessions available, please contact me for further details.
HOURS OF WORK: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am-8.30pm Sessions are usually held at the same time each week. I work in London on Fridays and am not able to provide sessions at weekends.
SESSIONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:
The practice is currently full. If you would not mind waiting for a while, please contact me and let me know your preferred times, and I will let you know as soon as there is a session available.
Most weeks, there are spaces available for a one-off emergency session or assessment - if interested, please email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
PAYMENTS: Please note that fees must be paid at the start of the session in cash, or in the case of BACS payments, BEFORE each session.
Updated JULY 2020
Concessions offered for
I have traveled widely and have lived in countries other than the UK. I welcome people from all walks of life, age, sexual orientation and cultural backgrounds.