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About me

We are in unprecedented times, life is complex and difficult to navigate for most people.

I can provide a safe space where  we can meet to talk about what matters to you and  as well as a space to for the exploratory work necessary to understand the feelings you are having and to recognise and change unhelpful patterns of behaviour.

As a psychotherapist I am interested in:

Doing what I can to alleviate suffering.  I listen to both unconscious and literal communications. 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.  I do this through a 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 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 fit'.

My expertise are in:

Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, depression, relationship issues, adoption and issues of identity and belonging.

Clients I work with:

  • Adults, groups and organisations
  • How I deliver therapy
  • Short and Long-term work, Online counselling via zoom, Telephone counselling

Training, qualifications & experience

Work Experience

I have over 15 years experience of clinical work. In addition to running a private practice, I work as a supervisor and offer training as well as workshops to therapy training organisations.

Training

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 Supervisor - IGA (Institute of Group Analysis) . Relationship Counsellor - 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.

BPC

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

The Traumas of Racism Practitioners Therapy Group

If you have attended group therapy, you will know how valuable it can be. This space of healing and working through internalised racism would be new for most. Group experience can be more powerful and transformative. The purpose of this group space is to gain a deeper understanding of self and learn from others in a safe and respectful environment facilitated by the group conductor.

There are few Black British, Black Africans and Caribbean heritage people who train and who qualify as psychologists or psychotherapy. People of African and Caribbean heritages are 6 times more likely to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act when compared to white people. It helps to have more representation of Black and Asian psych professionals. Those that train end up doing it under duress and often feel they don’t get to experience a self-due to the Eurocentric nature of the literature and training and also the lack of cultural diversity in the training.

What is the purpose of this group?

This is an experiential space. It means come as you are. Or come with something you want to get support with/on. Either way, we can learn or benefit from being in a shared space. This is a guided space for professional therapists to meet once a month, for the purpose of healing from emotional wounds. The space offers an opportunity to get feedback on our responses. The group aim to act as a microcosm of social and family dynamics and thus serves to mediate therapeutic change, not only in the individual but within the group as a whole.

If any of these resonant with you and you would like to be involved, please drop me an e-mail

There is a cost of £35 per session. This will be a closed group and participants are asked to commit to 12 sessions.

The group will be run on zoom on the last Friday of the month. 9.30-11.30am Start date to be confirmed.

About Me

Abi Canepa-Anson is a psychotherapist and group supervisor. She has had experience of being a seminar leader. She has worked as a group counsellor and as a group supervisor. Abi offers workshops on issues of unconscious bias and racism to therapy organisations. Abi is passionate about raising awareness of the need to embrace cultural diversity in therapy training so as to improve the experience of those that are marginalised as a result of their difference.

Articles:

§ Canepa-Anson, A. (2020) The problem of unconscious bias and racism within psychotherapy training. BPC New Association, Newsletter, Issue (32).pg5

https://acatherapy.org/articles/

§ Canepa-Anson, A. (2020) Looking Back, Moving Forward: Reflection on Race and Racism. Psychology and Cognitive Sciences. Openviento Publishers.

https://acatherapy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Looking-Back-Moving-Forward-Reflection-on-Race-and-Racism-1.pdf

Fees

From £55.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Location

I am currently only offering online counselling.

Watford
Hertfordshire
WD17

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Key details

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

In supervision, I go on the premise that the supervisor and the client are in need of support. The focus is to working and thinking collaboratively.

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