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About me

Why counselling?
Psychotherapy can help us to gain perspective on our problems and find solutions that are right for us. If this were an easy process, counselling would not only be unnecessary, but not even exist. It does because, for thousands of years, talking has enabled human beings to work through and find resolutions to their problems.

What counselling can achieve for you
Working in counselling can help you to achieve clarity on what both the problem and the desired outcome of therapy is. All of our problems are different, as are all of our solutions, but through the safety of the therapeutic relationship that psychotherapy offers, I can support your natural resilience during stressful times to help you gain a healthy perspective on your problems, and find the resources to cope, and to deal effectively, with difficult issues.

I have trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques and have an in depth knowledge of the problems caused by alcohol and substance misuse, eating disorders, addictive behaviours (including porn and sex) and the stress, anxiety and depression that can arise through our struggles to cope with life.

Why Counselling with me?
I practice according to the ethics and guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, which ensures you will be counselled in an environment that is safe, professional, confidential, non-judgmental and supportive.

I offer both short-term and long-term counselling with an Integrative approach, which allows me to bring a variety of skills and techniques into sessions to meet your needs and requirements.

I deal with a large variety of issues (as listed further below), and also specialise in addictions (substance and behavioural), eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, relationships, anger issues, low self-esteem (including body image) bereavement and trauma.

I work with adult individuals, couples and groups, and have been able to help the people I work with make a very real difference to their lives. I would be delighted to help you do the same.

Please feel free to contact me by phone, email or text if you would like to book an assessment session to discuss your needs, or for further information about how I might be able to help you.

Anita James
MA, FDAP (Accred), MBACP (Reg), ATSAC

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Accredited Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals
  • Registered Member (accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care) of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Professional Certificate in Sex Addiction Therapy
  • Certificate in Counselling Eating Disorders
  • Certificate in Counselling Theory – Person Centred
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills – Person Centred
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills – Psychodynamic


  • 6 years experience on the Addiction Treatment Programme at the Priory Hospital Chelmsford, Essex
  • 12 years experience of one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy in agency and private practice

Member organisations


Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals

FDAP is the professional body for the substance use field and works to help improve standards of practice across the sector. Membership of FDAP is open to individual practitioners and managers, service providers, academic institutions and commissioning bodies and there are different categories of membership.

FDAP members are bound by a Code of Practice and subject to a Complaints & Disciplinary Procedures.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sex addiction

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


My fee’s are as follows:

Personal counselling sessions - £80-£100

Couples counselling - £90 - £120

Group/family therapy rates are dependent on size of group

Counselling sessions are one hour in duration


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday and Saturday mornings in Southend-on-Sea

Thorpe Bay
Southend On Sea

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

Types of client

Anita James MA, Post Grad Dip Cons, Fdap (Accredited), MBACP (Registered)

Anita James MA, Post Grad Dip Cons, Fdap (Accredited), MBACP (Registered)