About me

I am an accredited counsellor with over 23 years counselling experience in a variety of settings.

I work with individuals, couples and families, drawing from my core training as an Adlerian counsellor, the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler with its inclusive, holistic, humanistic, existential and engagingly pragmatic approach.

I am a member of National Counselling Society (MNCS (Accred))

I believe, passionately, that life is for living, to be enjoyed in the here-and-now, and that, understanding and freeing yourself up from the past, will develop a deeper connection to your inner self and deliver the courage you need the face whatever the future offers. My experience tells me that the counselling process is enlivening, empowering and transformative.

My counselling approach is interactive and equal; it’s a working partnership.

With individuals there can be an evaluation of your understanding of your choices to day, tickling out purpose and goals of behaviour past and present, appreciation of priorities and finding new ways to build warmer, deeper relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and lovers.

With couples, we explore values, expectations, fantasies, communication and new ways to deal with the friction and challenges you may face on a daily basis. It’s useful to understand why the old methods don’t work any more. We work on encouragement, co-operation and mutual respect for each individual in the relationship can resolve many issues.

With families, we appreciate and encourage active participation and co-operation of all members, aligning expectations and goals, developing respect, honouring all contributions and practicing respectful behaviour towards each other.

I also offer supervision for counsellors and others in the helping professions. This can be one-to-one or in small groups.

I hold a degree in counselling and teaching, a Diploma in Adlerian Counselling and a Supervision qualification. I have studied a number of other models that dovetail well with the Adlerian approach and and use creative tools in my work.

Bringing humanity, equality, respect and encouragement to the work, I see potential in the darkest of places, shining in anticipation and waiting to be liberated.

Why come for counselling?

You are almost certainly ready at this point to look more closely to change and improve some thing in your life, especially if what you are doing isn’t working anymore and you want to know why.

Changes, transitions, crises, loss, addiction, stresses can all wreak havoc on our sense of ourselves, our place and sense of connection and belonging and our relationships. It’s a hugely courageous step to look at ourselves more closely.

Counselling can help you with specific issues that may be troubling you, such as relationships, understanding yourself better, painful issues from the past. It can be as short or as long a journey as you need. It’s always in your hands.

How counselling can help

Counselling sessions provide a safe, confidential space to explore any issue you want to bring.

My counselling approach is collaborative, interactive and equal; we work together on your issues to find your sense of belonging and what makes you feel significant, access your courage to tackle what life throws at you and together, find your most effective ways to change your responses to difficulties, to give you the choices you need for development and growth.

First step

In order for any therapy to work it helps if the client and therapist can work together. The first session explores this and your needs and is the the first step to taking your journey forward.

To ensure that I am the best support to you that I can be, I have to have regular supervision (monthly) and regular personal therapy

Continued Professional Development, (CPD); ongoing

I have to regularly ensure that my training is up to date and that I am up to date with current thinking and good practice

Insurance; up to date

Code of ethics and Memberships; NCS, ASIIP

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Adlerian Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • Certified Counsellor in Substance Misuse
  • Certified Counsellor in Bereavement
  • Certificate in Telephone Counselling
  • BA Degree - Psychology, University of Natal, SA
  • Post Grad Teaching Diploma, Univ. of Cape Town, SA
  • Clinical Assessor at counselling service
  • Voluntary Lead Supervisor at Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Private practice
  • To ensure that I am the best support to you that I can be, I have to have regular supervision (monthly) and regular personal therapy

Continued Professional Development, (CPD); ongoing

I have to regularly ensure that my training is up to date and that I am up to date with current thinking and good practice

Insurance; up to date

Code of ethics and Memberships; NCS, ASIIP

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Anita Epstein

Anita Epstein