Anita Jane Hood, Reg. MBACP
The decision to seek counselling is not an easy one and you may feel very anxious and unsure of what to expect. I would like to reassure you that you are not alone, and your feelings are perfectly normal. However, once you make a choice to step forward in some way this can bring some relief and give you the courage to consider whatever difficulties you may be facing.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor which means that I am able to work in a number of ways to suit your individual needs. I offer a calm and sensitive approach to explore any worries and concerns from the past, present or future. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to the guidelines of their ethical framework. I also attend professional developmental courses and meet regularly with my supervisor to ensure I am able to work in the best possible way to meet your needs.
In addition to private practice, I work for a voluntary organisation (Mentis Tree CIC) one day per week.
How may counselling help me?
Counselling provides an opportunity for you to explore your concerns in a safe space where you can talk in complete confidence, without fear of being judged. It is an equal relationship where we work together to explore your concerns, with the aim of enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your difficulties.
What will be covered in the initial session?
I offer an initial session at a reduced cost of £20; this session gives you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right person to help you and to discuss what you would like to gain from the therapy.
Where are you?
I work from comfortable premises located in Ipswich which are easy to find, with free parking nearby; alternatively the area is also well-served by public transport. I offer short or long-term therapy and sessions last for 50 minutes at a cost of £35.00. I also offer an initial brief session of 30 minutes at a reduced fee of £20.00 to give you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right person to help you and to discuss what you would like to gain from the therapy.
How many sessions will I need and how are the appointments made?
Sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes and are fixed for the same day and time each week - which means that you can plan ahead, although if this does not suit you we can talk about this. I offer long and short term therapy, again depending upon your needs. Sessions cost £35 although I do offer a slightly reduced rate for students (£25).
If you have any questions, however small, do please feel free to email or alternatively telephone me.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdA Integrative Counselling - University of Suffolk
BA Integrative Counselling - University of Suffolk
MTCIC (Mentis Tree Community Interest Company) - Volunteer Counsellor
Gestalt Dreams workshop
BACP Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
BACP Impact of Anxious Attachment
Deep Release - Gestalt workshop
MTCIC - 'Brief Focussed Therapy' overview and 'Attachment & Trauma'
Suffolk Association for Counselling - Abuse, Trauma and Disassociation workshop
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In today's society, depression and anxiety are relatively common areas of distress for people of all ages. A considerable amount of my work has focussed on depression and anxiety disorders, panic disorders and phobias. I have also worked with clients presenting with Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
I offer an initial session at a reduced rate of £20 to give you the opportunity to decide whether you feel comfortable enough to be able to work with me.
My usual fees are £35 for a full session lasting 50 minutes, although I do offer a slightly reduced rate for students of £25.
My integrative training enables me to use a number of approaches such as Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Existentialism-Phenomenology and Attachment.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and also a member of the SAC (Suffolk Association for Counselling).
I am fully insured and subscribe to the regulations of the Data Protection Act 2018.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available on Monday - Thursday between the hours of 9.00 and 6.00 (last appointment)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|