Dr Ann Fitzgerald
Are you looking for Psychological Therapy as an Individual, Couple and Family?
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.
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 neuro-chemistry 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 have worked with a specialist community mental health service for patients with a diagnosis of personality disorder. I have also 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
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
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
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
- Registered with all the following Healthcare Insurance Providers Bupa, Aviva, WPA, Cigna, Vitality, Allianz, WPA, Simply Health
- Psychological therapy individual session Fee £120-£130 (50 minute individual session)
- Written reports available on request and charged separately depending on individual requirement
- Psychological therapy for couples Fee £130-£140 (50 minute session)
- Family consultation sessions negotiable depending on requirement
- Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT) approx 16 session programme
- Package negotiable when working on a long term and/or twice weekly basis
- Supervision sessions available
- Limited number of reduced rate sessions available for low income earners & trainees
- 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 in central Guildford on Tues and Fri based at Brighter Spaces, 54 Quarry Street. The therapy rooms provided are high quality and comfortable.
I am based at the Cardinal Clinic, Oakley Green in Windsor on Monday and Thursday.
Contacting me by email is preferable, briefly outlining the reason for therapy, location and your availability to attend.