Abigail Concannon BSc (Hons), MA. UKCP Reg.
I work in private practice with individuals on a short or long term basis and in a way which best suits the needs of the person and their situation. This can mean that I work quite differently with someone who arrives as a result of a crisis or recent trauma to someone who has a long term work related difficulty for example. Short term work tends to be more goal oriented whereas longer term work has a more reflective quality but in all cases I hope to make an empathic relationship with my clients, seeking to understand their felt experience and to help make sense of their situation.
An initial consultation is arranged to discuss client needs and future arrangements are agreed at this first meeting. Sometimes this single meeting is enough but more usually a 6 week minimum is agreed with further or more open ended arrangements made as necessary.
My consulting room is a tranquil space in my home. Wivenhoe is easily accessible by public transport with the train station a 5 minute walk away. On street parking is usually available and there are car parks close by.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc (Hons) in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling and an MA in Management and Organisational Dynamics. I undertook the majority of my psychotherapy training with the Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy (the Outfit) and also with the Minster Centre and Matrix College over a period of 20 years and have worked in private practice for over 10 years.
I have experience of working with people across a wide age range - from 13 to 72 - and both short and long term - from one session to over 5 years. I have an integrative approach that draws on ideas and techniques not just from counselling and psychotherapy traditions but also organisational, coaching and design thinking methodologies, using visual metaphors, play and narrative as a way of exploring and understanding personal dilemmas and experience. I have an arts background and maintain a keen interest in creativity and the ways in which creative approaches to difficulties or problems can surface tacit knowledge and understanding.
From 2017-2017 I was a visiting lecturer at the University of Essex Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies and also worked within Student Support as a Specialist Mentor. Additionally, I ran Reflective Practice Groups for Clinical Psychology Doctoral students within the Health & Human Sciences Department.
Alongside my private practice, I am currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham on the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson MSc Programme, leading on group dynamics, personal development and reflective practice. I am also part of the core staff team at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust MA programme Consulting & Leading in Organisations: Psychodynamic and Systemic Approaches.
I am an experienced workshop facilitator, organisational consultant and executive/individual coach - this work is not the same as counselling but is informed by the ideas that underpin the counselling relationship.
I am a registered member of the UKCP, an accredited Analytic Network Coach and registered NHS Healthcare Leadership Model 360 Feedback Facilitator.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
£50 per hour
Fees are discussed at the initial consultation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime sessions available on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Types of client