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Abi Canepa-Anson

Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17
07733 737522 07733 737522 Registered / Accredited

About me

About me and my therapy practice

I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist. I believe life can be complex at times and having a safe space where you are met and understood can allow for the exploratory work necessary to understand the feelings you are having and to recognise and change unhelpful patterns of behaviour.

As a psychodynamic psychotherapist I am interested in:

What is being communicated unconsciously as well as literally;
I have an interest in human development and personality formation;
Attachment styles, how we form relationships and why we come to relate the way we do;
Systemic way of thinking about people in the context of their family and wider social settings.

To be truly heard and emotionally met where you are at can be a powerful and restorative experience for most people.

Practice description

I am a fully qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist and in addition to my private practice, I run workshops on inclusion and equality in therapy training organisations.

I studied Business Studies at University and wanted to work in the service industries. I did this for over 15 years. After this I wanted to explore a different career and what led me into counselling psychotherapy was after I mentored a child in response to an advertisement in the newspaper looking for mentors for young children. This spurred my interest in psychology.

I completed a Diploma in Play Therapy and Child Development. Followed by a Masters in Human Development.   As I was studying part-time I gained some experience as a play therapist and it was during this time that I decided I wanted to work with adults.

I then trained as an adult psychotherapist, completing my theoretical and clinical training at Westminster Pastoral Foundation. During this time, I worked in psychiatric unit, working with people with complex mental health needs, In a Womens Refuges, supporting mothers and children.

16 years after I began my training, I am committed and feel passionate about helping anyone that needs help irrespective of age, sexuality, ability and nationality.

My first session

I offer an initial 15 minute conversation on the telephone for which there is no charge. As I understand it is a big deal starting therapy, it is therefore important to have a space to ask questions and see if we are the ‘right match’.

If you are interested in starting therapy with me, I then arrange a date for an assessment which would be done over the telephone or online on zoom.  (currently offering online work only).

What I can help with

Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, depression, relationship issues, and adoption.

Clients I work with

Adults, couples.

How I deliver therapy

Short and Long-term work, Online counselling, Telephone counselling

Training, qualifications & experience

Work Experience

I have had over 12 years experience of clinical work in both psychiatric hospital and private practice. Experience of working with personality disorder group, domestic violence, trauma and bereavement issues. Experience of working with couples and families, relationship issues, general anxiety, depression and stress.

Experience of training and offering workshops.  Offering clinical supervision and teaching seminars on Post graduate training in psychotherapy.


Clinical training in Psychotherapy, qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, WPF . Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory & Practice, WPF  (Westminster Pastoral Foundation. Masters in the Psychodynamics of Human Development, BAP (British Association of Psychotherapy). Group Supervision - IGA (Institute of Group Analysis) . Relationship Counselling - Relate  Institute.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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 Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

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.



Individuals - £60-£65

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information


I am currently only offering online counselling.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None



Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. I am available for online via zoom or for telephone counselling.

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In supervision, I go on the premise that the supervisor and the client is in need of support.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Abi Canepa-Anson

Abi Canepa-Anson