Anita Gaisford (MBACP) Dip Couns
The Wellbeing Suite
12-17 Upper Bridge Street
01227 250180 / 07949 278277
Hello and thanks for visiting my profile. My name is Anita and I am an experienced and qualified counsellor based in Canterbury. I work with young people and adults and my experience as a counsellor has been within colleges, school settings, workplaces and my private practice.
My aim is to provide a safe, friendly, confidential, warm, caring and non-judgmental space and to provide the right support to suit your needs and to assist you through your specific problems. I like to bring creativity to the counselling room along with my passion for the work that I do.
As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I am bound by BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a registrant on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
As a practicing counsellor I have regular supervision and undertake CPD. I have a current Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Certificate and hold professional insurance.
How can counselling help?
Counselling sessions will give you the opportunity to talk about issues and problems you are facing and help you have a better understanding of yourself and make changes where you choose to. Sometimes, it is not easy to discuss issues with family or friends so my aim is to provide an environment where you feel safe to share your issues or problems and make sense of your thoughts or feelings.
What to expect in your first session:
Finding the right counsellor for you is really important and I therefore offer a 20 minute initial consultation at a reduced fee to give you the opportunity to decide if I am someone that you want to work with and for me to decide if I am the best person to help you. You can then decide if you wish to have further sessions and we will agree the focus for our work and arrange a regular time to meet for sessions.
I offer both short term, long term and open-ended sessions, weekly or fortnightly, depending upon your needs. The sessions are conducted face-to-face in central Canterbury. Evening and weekend appointments are available to fit around your own commitments.
Areas of experience:
As well as my private practice, I work within a secondary school as a school pupil counsellor and I have experience of working with clients (students and staff) presenting with a variety of issues. Some of the issues I have experience of working with are:
- Anxiety/Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Bereavement and Grief
- Child related issues
- Eating Disorders and body image
- Family issues
- Fears and worries
- General counselling
- Low self-confidence or low self-esteem
- Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks
- Pregnancy and Birth
- Relationships/Relationship Issues
- Sexual identity/Transgender issues
- Sleep disorders/Insomnia
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Training, qualifications & experience
ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts
ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) member (MBACP) and Registrant on the BACP Register
Member of the BACP Children & Young People
Certificate of Proficiency 2016
Enhanced DBS Certification
Continued Professional Development:
CBT Skills working with Anxiety (May 2016)
CBT Skills working with Anger and Rage (June 2016)
Child Protection and Working with Vulnerable Adults (May 2017)
Legislation, Safeguarding, Confidentiality,FGM, E-Safety & Radicalisation in Children and Young People (November 2017)
Practitioner Skills for the Management of Obesity - (NCFED) National Centre for Eating Disorders (June 2018)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- 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
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
Initial 20 minute session/consultation: £10
50 minute session (weekdays): £45 per session
50 minute session (weekends): £55 per session
I offer individual sessions in Central Canterbury. My office is located within a 10 minute walk from Canterbury East Station and a 5 minute walk from Canterbury bus station.
Car parking is available directly behind my office in a pay and display car park.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available from 10.00am-7.00pm Tuesday-Thursday and 9.30am-5.00pm on Saturdays
Types of client