Hi and welcome. I’m Anita and I am an integrative counsellor and therapist - which simply means that I take a very individual approach to therapy, working collaboratively with you as the unique human being that you are, and adapting my methods according to what you need.
Life can be tough enough without the extra challenges we meet along our path, and sometimes we all need a helping hand. Your journey is different from anyone else's too, which can feel incredibly lonely, so first and foremost I give you a time and place dedicated to unravelling and making sense of what is happening for you, to help you through difficult times and towards the change you seek.
Perhaps you are burdened with anxiety, stress, negative thoughts or are just not feeling good enough? Maybe you feel consistently low in mood and confidence or are turning to bad habits? Or are you stuck in a heightened state of emotion because of traumatic events? Whatever is troubling you, taking time to talk - to be really heard by someone you feel comfortable with - can help you gently explore what is going on for you so that you can work through your difficulties and move on again in life, and that’s what I can offer you.
Being an Integrative Therapist means that, as well as drawing from several different counselling approaches, I am also trained in other psychotherapies, including CBT, NLP, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and The Human Toolbox™ so when you choose me as your therapist, I will work with you according to the challenges you face, what you need and what you respond to. Together we will find a pace and approach right for you, your circumstances and the outcome you seek, and we will regularly review how things are going.
Sessions are one hour, and I offer both short and long-term therapy. Where possible we will agree a regular time and day to be your space for as long as you need. You may only want a few sessions for a specific problem, or to 'hold' you steady in uncertain times, or you may benefit from us spending longer working together, exploring the root of the issue at a deeper level. Between us we’ll agree what is right for you.
I can particularly help with:
Low mood and depression
Stress and work-related issues
Lack of confidence
Relationship and family problems
Panic, fear and phobias
Exam stress and anxiety
Poor body image / confidence
Negative behaviours and habits
Lack of motivation
Life coaching and personal development
With the ever changeable situation around COVID-19, I am continuing to offer therapy via either secure video link or telephone for all new clients until further notice. This is in accordance with the latest government guidelines and the recommendations of my professional bodies, and I will discuss the safety and practical implications of this way of working with you before we start.
Once the virus is more under control, and government guidelines permit, I look forward to welcoming you to my private, comfortable and peaceful client room on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds, situated on the A134 towards Sudbury and only a few miles from the A14. I am unable to give a timescale on this as yet.
Please note: During the course of therapy we will regularly review the current situation and our way of working. If working online becomes an issue, or a very clear therapeutic need for us to work face to face is identified, I will discuss the latest government guidelines, general risks, health risks, safety and ethical implications as well as practical considerations with you, and we will agree the most appropriate, ethical and safest way forward for you at that time.
I am a firm believer that the therapeutic relationship is key to a successful outcome, so it's important that you choose a therapist you are comfortable with. However, I appreciate that finding the right person to help can be confusing, often overwhelming, when you are struggling already, so to help with this I offer a FREE 30 minute no obligation telephone consultation for you to get to know me and how I work, and ask any questions that you may have so as to get a real sense of how I can help you.
After this telephone conversation, you may like time to think or to speak to other therapists, which is absolutely fine, or you may already feel comfortable to choose me as your therapist and book your first full session. It is perfectly normal if this session feels quite daunting, even though we will have already spoken. Perhaps think of it instead as a safe space just for you - a further gentle conversation between two people in a friendly, welcoming environment. It includes time for me to take some contact and medical details, and to explain confidentiality, privacy and certain practical considerations, such as cancellations, holidays and payment. You certainly won’t be expected to talk for the whole time, which I know is a common worry. I am used to nervous clients so do my best to make both the initial FREE telephone consultation and the first session as relaxed as possible.
If you would like to speak to me further about how I can help, please email or give me a call on 07885 254319. If I am unavailable, I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Registered Hypnotherapist with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) I abide by the code of conduct, confidentiality and ethical framework for both professional bodies. This includes continuous professional development (CPD) and regular supervision.
I am also licensed as a Master NLP Practitioner by the Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming™, an Authorised Human Toolbox™ Practitioner, a Diagnostic Practitioner of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and licensed as a Style Coach™.
Qualifications and Training
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy & Counselling
- Diploma in Integrative Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming (EMDR)
- Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Diagnostic Practitioner in Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
- Authorised Practitioner in The Human Toolbox™
- Diploma in Style Coaching™
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnosis
- Certificate in Hypno-Virtual Gastric Band
I have also been awarded the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP) by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).
In addition, I have trained in:
- Person centred counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Gestalt Therapy
- Transactional Analysis (TA)
- Analytical psychotherapy
- Treating trauma
- Weight management
- Working with children
- Working with groups
I hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate for working with vulnerable adults and children and am fully insured.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
FREE 30 minute initial telephone consultation
- Counselling & Psychotherapy: £45.00 per 1 hour session
- EMDR: £65 per 90 minute session (minimum 6 sessions)
- Hypnotherapy: £65 per 90 minute session (minimum 3 sessions)
- Low Cost Counselling: £35 per 1 hour session for students (18+) and those on low-incomes (maximum 8 sessions)
Fixed-priced individual or group wellbeing programmes are also offered from time to time. Please see my website for details.
Concessions offered for
Alongside my private practice I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist for both counselling and clinical hypnotherapy, providing support to the charity's members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK's regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continued professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing bodies. Please see my website for details of how to access therapy via the charity.