Ana Cooper, Integrative Psychotherapist, M(BACP)Accred

Ana Cooper, Integrative Psychotherapist, M(BACP)Accred

68 Berrymead Gardens
Acton
London
W3 8AB

07971 169 396

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About me

I am a BACP Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist, with over 24 years experience, having worked in frontline NHS services (Hospitals and GP Surgeries) for most of my career, and, more recently, in private practice.  The three issues I am most proficient in treating are anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.

I chose to train in all of the main traditional approaches because I am open-minded and because research has proven that no one theory is in fact more effective than the others.  The effectiveness of therapy depends on the quality of the therapeutic relationship, and, I would argue, the experience of the therapist.

I meet people from very different cultural backgrounds, life stages, with different belief and value systems, so it is important to have a versatile tool kit.  I want to be able to adapt to my Clients' way of thinking, rather than impose a rigid technique on them.

I read a lot and I attend as many pioneering conferences in my field as I can, but I have also become militant about factoring in time for self-care.  And I urge my Clients to do the same.  We need more balance in our lives.

It seems we have no choice but to become more and more dependent on those electronic devices that force-feed our brains with messages and visuals that are doctored to manipulate and pressurise us into liking certain things and wanting to be a certain way.  We are losing our intuition, our warmth and wisdom, and our connection to each other.  Our virtual friendships are replacing our real ones.  We are at risk of becoming isolated, egotistic and selfish.  We have no patience, no time, no ability to regulate our feelings, no sleep.  Of course our anxiety is rocketing and our loved ones are not satisfied.  We don't have time to talk and work things out anymore.  We  just get desperate for relief and fall into bad habits that deliver immediate results.  Because we have to keep going.  The world today won't wait.

If you come to me you will be welcomed into a space that feels serene, respectful and precious.  You will be heard and taken seriously.  You will not be judged and everything you say will be held in absolute confidence.  Together, we will rediscover the inner power you somehow lost along your way, and we will harness it to face the battle ahead.  You will remember or learn how to become more resilient and adaptive.  And you will emerge as the hero or heroine of your life.  Not the victim you turned up as.

Training, qualifications & experience

1984 French Baccalaureat A1 with Merit (Secondary School, Paris)

1984-88  BA(Hons) in European Studies, French and German (Kent University)

1999  Modular Certificate in the Fundamentals of Psychotherapy and Counselling

1999-2001  Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling

2002-2003  Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy

(All at Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Psychology)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP
UKCP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My area of expertise is relationship problems. This is a vast area and concerns relationship with the self, and with all others: parents, partners, children, peers and extended family.  In my view, relationship problems are what underlie all other problems such as identity, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addiction, self-harm, suicidal ideation etc.  These are all the consequences of relationship problems.

Therapies offered

Fees

£60/hour

Maps & Directions

London, W3 8AB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Availability

Weekdays, evenings and Saturday mornings

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples