Anita Gaisford (MBACP) Dip Couns

Anita Gaisford (MBACP) Dip Couns

The Wellbeing Suite
Lombard House
12-17 Upper Bridge Street

01227 250180 / 07949 278277

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About me

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 specialism is in working with eating disorders/disordered eating and I have studied at Advanced Diploma level, gaining a Master Practitioner Advanced Diploma through the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCfED) who are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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, hold professional insurance and am GDPR compliant.

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 an 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. Weekday and weekend appointments are available to fit around your own commitments.

Areas of experience:

I have undertaken additional Advanced Diploma level training through the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCfED) to work with eating disorders/disordered eating in addition to nutritional intervention. Some of the issues I have experience of working with are:

  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety/Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Bereavement and Grief
  • Bullying
  • Child related issues
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders and body image (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-eating disorder, compulsive and emotional eating, FED-NEC
  • Family issues
  • Fears and worries
  • General counselling
  • Low self-confidence or low self-esteem
  • Obsessions
  • OCD
  • Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks
  • Pregnancy and Birth
  • Relationships/Relationship Issues
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual identity/Transgender issues
  • Shame
  • Sleep disorders/Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma
  • 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)

International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy (IARTT) Rewind Technique (2018)

National Centre for Eating Disorders - NCfED (2018): Master Practitioner Advanced Diploma

  • Practitioner Skills for the Management of Obesity Diploma
  • Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders Diploma
  • Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders Diploma

Working with Shame, Carolyn Spring (June 2019)

Disordered Eating: Working with and through the Body/Mind of Patient and Therapist (CONFER - 30th November 2019)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Emotional Eating


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General counselling:

Initial 20 minute consultation: £20

50 minute appointment weekdays: £50.00 / Saturday appointments: £60.00

Eating disorder/disordered eating counselling:

Initial 1 hour assessment: £80.00

50 minute appointment weekdays: £80.00 / Saturday appointments: £90.00

Further information

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

Canterbury, CT1 2NF

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

The office is located on the third floor with lift access.


I am available from 9.00am-6.00pm Tuesday-Friday and 9.30am-3.00pm on Saturdays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults