Dr Anita Rajan CPsychol, Registered Counselling Psychologist
I am an experienced and highly professional counselling psychologist working in Tonbridge,Horsmonden and Wadhurst. I provide a safe, warm and confidential space where you can explore and work through the issues that are bothering you.
At different times of our lives we can all experience difficulties – or we may describe it as ‘not feeling at peace’. Counselling psychology suggest that whatever the nature of the problem that is bothering you, it is always helpful and useful to talk to someone to seek resolution.
I specialise in treating anxiety and depression and how these are fuelled by issues such as loss, grief and trauma, relationship issues and the effects of childhood events. I also have expertise in treating anger issues, jealousy, post traumatic stress disorder, addiction, bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder. Other areas of clinical experience I have are sexual issues, work related problems, behavioural and emotional difficulties and family problems.
My motto for therapy is that it is ‘vitamin for the soul’. Therapy helps you grow as a person to reach the balance and peace you long for. If you are searching for a personable, warm and professional therapist to help you effectively resolve your issues then please contact me!
I look forward to meeting you!
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counselling psychologist, chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered for practice by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Over the last 13 years I gained a wide range of psychological therapeutic experience. I worked in a number of NHS and private settings in different areas ranging from acute, secondary and primary care psychology, forensic acute psychological care and rehabilitation as well as neuropsychological rehabilitation.
My doctoral research covered the area of cross cultural therapy in counselling psychology especially how it manifests in the therapeutic encounter and how the practitioners manage it.
My therapeutic orientation focuses around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic and Humanistic approaches but I also have considerable experience in using Schema, Systemic, Integrative, Cognitive Analytic and Mindfulness therapeutic approaches amongst others.
In my therapeutic work I draw on ideas from these therapeutic approaches and I firmly believe in making the therapeutic encounter as tailor made to the individual and the unique issue they chose to bring to therapy as possible. In therapy I also pay special attention to the therapeutic relationship and environment to enable you to feel safe to open up about what is troubling you.
I firmly believe that it is important to see people as a whole embedded in their circumstances and constantly influenced by their surroundings, and the different roles they play in life. The process to unravel this is the first step towards change and long lasting solutions. As my therapeutic interventions are informed by a number of a psychological models I would not only help you investigate how your thoughts, feelings and behaviour interact causing issues based on your core beliefs stemming from your early experiences but I also keep therapy very real in terms of examining how you relate to others. This process is aided by my experiences of personal therapy and its lasting effects.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
You will be offered 50 minutes sessions usually once a week but twice a week is possible and can be arranged if a more intensive treatment is required and agreed.
Short term (6 to 12 sessions) and long term therapy as well as open ended therapy can be offered for more long standing issues. The number of sessions will be discussed at the beginning and will be reviewed periodically.
Assessment and subsequent treatment will be charged at:
Individual - £80 per session
Couples - £90 per session
Skype and Telephone - £70 per session
Supervision - £50
I also offer therapy at a reduced cost as appropriate.
£100 for payment via insurance (AXA, PruHealth, AVIVA, WPA, PPP).
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: daytime and evening appointments are available in Tonbridge, Horsmonden and Wadhurst.