Ana Cooper, M(BACP)Accred; UKCP(Reg) Integrative Psychotherapist
By providing a safe place for people to express their inner thoughts and feelings, therapy helps them understand their emotional states better, come to terms with the sources of their distress, and develop greater emotional resilience. This can significantly enhance their confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing. It also helps ensure they are in a far stronger position to concentrate at work, engage in meaningful relationships and achieve their full potential.
I am a fully supervised BACP Accredited and UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist, with over 20 years’ experience. I have an open approach to what works, having trained in the most important theoretical models, and I stay abreast of the latest developments in my field, by continuing my professional development throughout each year.
Being Integrative does not necessarily mean integrating different theories into one homogenised whole. It is more about having a versatile tool-kit, and being able to respond to the various emotional needs of a wide range of people, from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, different life stages, and with different values.
I make the most use of the Humanistic Client-Centred approach, but I also use the Psychodynamic exploration of transference and counter-transference in the therapeutic encounter, the short-term solution-focused protocols of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Socratic questioning, and a variety of artistic and creative stimuli, where appropriate. I also encourage the practice of Mindfulness and Meditation, and use these techniques in my interventions to treat stress, insomnia and anxiety, in particular.
Above all I believe the answers my Clients are looking for lie within themselves, so we embark on a journey together, to clarify what is holding them back from being the person they would like to be - in relation to themselves, and to others. Often, we feel we are just a product of what others/the world has done to us, but there is always more to us than that, and it usually takes someone else to point out how we actually do still have an adaptive personality and an element of free will. We may not be able to choose the nature of our feelings, but we certainly can identify them and decide what to do with them.
Furthermore, feelings change. And the "therapeutic" aspect of psychotherapy is realising that your feelings not only change in intensity, but in quality too, once they have been fully demystified and processed psychologically.
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)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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, etc. These are all the consequences of relationship problems.
I do believe people today might be struggling to be happy more than ever before. We have never before been so connected to each other (via the internet) and yet we are so disconnected - from deep heartfelt face to face conversations with real facial expressions, audible laughter, sensory nature, panoramic views, animals you can touch and feel, all the simple spiritual things that make us feel warm and human inside, and actually generate oxytocin (the antidote to cortisol, the stress hormone).
Our minds never rest. We are continually bombarded with billions of messages and information every minute of the day, which our brains aren't even evolved enough to process properly. We can't sleep. We all get anxiety. We develop unhealthy coping mechanisms. Because we all struggle to cope at some point or another.
But it's not all bad. Therapy is time to take stock. Time to be mindful of how we are living our lives in our immediate environment at this precise moment in time. Instead of judging ourselves against the whole international world on our computers, which is mind-boggling and deflating, we can sit and take a look at our lives and how we are living them in the little context of the world around us. And for once we can feel empowered with choice and independence again, and remember that, because there will only ever be one version of ourselves, we had better make our lives count, treat ourselves with care, and choose our paths deliberately.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Fridays all day, Saturday mornings
Types of client