Dr Ann Fitzgerald, CPsychol, Practitioner Psychologist
Tired of reading long profiles!
Well why not start with a few resources which you might find interesting and maybe helpful. It will also give you an idea about the way I work and what I think are important aspects of 'what makes us human beings'.
Neuro-scientist Antonio Damasio on 'When emotions make better decisions'
Neuro-scientist Yaak Pankseep (recently deceased) on 'The Science of Emotions' describing what he sees as an important set of basic emotions that we ignore at our peril
Edward Tronick and 'the still face experiment' demonstrating how 'social interaction' is an essential part of the human condition and that we need to have trusted relationships to help regulate our emotions. This is clearly demonstrated in this clip with a preverbal child. As we get older, cognitive development increases the range of skills we have to explicitly communicate, but does not supersede our earlier spontaneous emotionally driven responses.
Researcher Brene Brown on 'The power of vulnerability'
Individuals, couples and families are you struggling with or worried about anxiety, depression, relationship and emotional difficulties, conflict, heightened stress, self-harm, substance dependence and self-medicating issues, trauma, behavioural instabilities, sexual health and psycho-sexual relationship problems? Then finding the right help is important, but there is another imperative step before this. Understanding your difficulties from a psychological perspective at the outset is essential to ensure that you embark on the best path of evidenced based treatment. Getting an initial working psychological formulation of your difficulties from your psychologist will ensure that you feel understood and have the confidence that you are on the right track with treatment. A working formulation helps you to understand why you are experiencing these difficulties at this point in time and is informed by a broad range of psychological and psycho-therapeutic theories.
The purpose of a psychological formulation is to provide a 'roadmap' for the work, but this roadmap is informed and repeatedly revised as understanding during treatment evolves and progresses. It is essential that you are an active participant in the process of therapy and that you feel that you can develop a working alliance and robust emphatically validating relationship with your therapist.
My work is essentially focused on the ‘here and now’ of life, where I help you to understand and better manage your current distress. However, patterns from the past re-emerge in the present and putting the therapeutic lens on the present can help us to understand and integrate past experiences into present life in a more helpful manner, potentially liberating you from unhelpful repetitive and sometimes transgenerational patterns.
As you can probably gauge from the video links is that there are exciting developments in neuroscience which are providing specific biological evidence about plasticity of the brain and the neurological system, the importance of social emotional development and why psychological therapy is an effective treatment, ultimately changing the neurochemistry and connectivity of the brain and the neurological system. Giving yourself a different 'experience' by engaging in an emotionally salient therapeutic process is ultimately impacting you at a biologically level. Naturally change is incredibly challenging and we all put on the brakes when faced with alternative ways of experiencing ourselves, other people, relationships and the world.
I'm a Counselling Psychologist with over 10 years experience with the NHS, in secondary care mental health services. I currently work with a specialist community mental health service for patients with a diagnosis of personality disorder. I have previously worked with a community based mental health team at the Maudsley Hospital in London and two sexual health clinics in Surrey.
My approach to psychological therapy is to take a relational (social emotional) understanding of human distress with the premise that the 'illness' is not placed within 'the individual mind', but within the relational and social context of the individual’s life story, namely a complex tapestry of past, present and future intersubjective experiences. In the session I take a mentalization approach to therapy which is an active, explicit, collaborative, non-directive and experiential stance. Using this approach, I explore the interpersonal context of the self and other, while maintaining a focus on the individual’s subjective experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council who are responsible for the statutory regulation of the profession. My registration number is PYL15408 which can be found on the public register at http://www.hcpc.org.uk/
I am also a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. This professional organisation has a longstanding record of providing guidance and support on best practice, research updates, ethical guidelines, training opportunities etc. My registration number is 099029 where my details are available on the public register at www.bps.org.uk
Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic & Counselling Psychology, University of Surrey, 2009
Counselling Skills Cert, National University of Ireland Maynooth, 2005
BSc in Psychology, Oxford Brookes University, 2002
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Registered with all the main Healthcare Insurance Providers including Bupa, AXA PPP, Aviva, Simply Health, Cigna, Vitality Health, Allianz, WPA
- Psychological therapy individual session Fee £120-£130 (50 minute individual session)
- Written reports available on request and charged separately depending on individual requirement
- Limited number of reduced rate sessions available for low income earners & trainees
- Psychological therapy for couples Fee £130-£140 (50 minute session)
- Family consultation sessions negotiable depending on requirement
- Supervision sessions available
- Package negotiable when working on a long term and/or twice weekly basis
- Terms and conditions, including payment and cancellation policy, are discussed during first consultation. Cancellation timescale is 48 hours minimum to avoid charge for full session cost.
- Payment within 7 days of invoice.
I work from high quality comfortable clinical rooms in central Guildford on Wed, Thurs and Fri. Saturday and evening session may be arranged on request.
I am available to have an initial telephone consultation to establish if I am potentially the appropriate psychological therapist for you, I am also available to signpost you to other services that may be appropriate for your needs.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client