Ann-Marie Masson (BACP Registered Member)
How it works:
At TLC Counselling, I understand the importance of receiving a one-to-one or couple personalised service. I shall walk you step by step through the counselling journey from start to finish, ensuring you know what to expect from the support I can offer you.
I will make contact with you, to arrange a time to meet with you to have an initial consultation. When we meet for the initial consultation,the aim is to gather some information by asking you some questions such as, "What you see as the main problems you are experiencing?”, “What is worrying you the most?” And “What you would like to achieve from the sessions?”. If it is identified that I am not the right specialist for you,I will advise you of other appropriate agencies or services that you could access that may be more suitable.
Once you have agreed that you would like to go ahead with the counselling sessions,we will arrange a convent time for you to meet with me for 50 minutes per session, on the same day and time each week.
What is counselling:
Counselling is a type of ‘talking therapy’ that allows you to talk about your problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. I will offer you a dedicated space to listen to you with empathy and I will not judge you in any way. I can help to support you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings that you may be experiencing in your life. Sometimes, the term 'counselling' is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a specific type of therapy in its own right.
Short term counselling: - usually lasting between 6-12 sessions, often helpful for you to explore immediate difficulties and help you alleviate the symptoms of issues such as low mood or anxiety.
Longer term counselling: - is carried out on an open-ended basis and the number of sessions will be mutually determined between you and I. Longer term therapy is often useful for prolonged or more deeply ingrained difficulties such as trauma or loss. However longer term therapy can also be useful for you to gain a deeper awareness/transformation of long standing issues, such as those relating to family dynamics, historical events or personality.
This can vary depending on each service and stage of the process, see each relevant page for more detailed information.
Other areas that I can support you with, that have not been listed:
Addictions in Relationships
Loss & Bereavement
Loneliness & Social Isolation
Obsessive Compulsive Thoughts & Behaviours
Self-esteem and Low Self-Worth
Anxiety & Stress
School & Exams
Peer & Family Relationships
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Skills-Integrated Approach.
Qualification as a Relate Counsellor
Relate Graduate Certificate
Relate Trainer-level 3 ‘Group Skills and Coaching’ (Theory & Practice) for Trainers
Certificate in working with Young People
Certified Relate Counsellor Register
BACP Individual Member
BACP Registered Member
Approach & Orientation:
Psychodynamic – a form of depth psychology, the primary focus of which is to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension.
Systemic – working respectfully and effectively with people in ways that consider their important relationships, across generations, and the different systems and contexts in which you live.
Continuing Personal Development Certificates:
Understanding & Working with Social Isolation
Depression & Anxiety
The Psychological Well-being of Service Military
Service Life, Development & It’s Effect on Families & Couple Relationships
NSPCC Child Protection Awareness Programme
Working with & Understanding Child Protection.
Protecting Information (data protection)
Domestic Violence Abuse & Intervention/Safety
Domestic Violence Abuse Individual
Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse Level 1 & 2
Consultation with a Counsellor (Assessing & Interviewing potential clients)
Working with Sexual Issues in Counselling.
Working with Couples & Sex Addiction.
Sexual Addiction Use of the Internet.
Recognising & Understanding Sex Addiction
Psychodynamic Approaches to Criminal & Compulsive Behaviour
Professional Boundaries & Values
Suicide Awareness Workshops
Working with Clients in Supported Accommodation
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
For those who are unable to travel to my counselling location in Basingstoke I offer sessions online via video or conference calls (e.g. Skype).
For those seeking to explore their feelings regarding overall life direction, work/life balance and well-being I offer Life Coaching & Development sessions.
An initial consultation takes place to gather information and give you the opportunity to meet with me to see how I can support you.
- £60.00 Couple/Relationship Counselling
- £50.00 Individual Counselling
- £40.00 Children and Young People's Counselling
I offer sessions for £25.00 to £45.00 for those on low income, this will be means tested at the initial consultation.
I come across so many couples, individuals, families and young people that are not able to access counselling. I want to be able to offer all my clients the opportunity to have support when they need it, please do contact me for further information.
As a full member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the UK’s main governing body, I have spent the past 15 years working as a Relate Counsellor and Life Coach. Along side of this, I have built up a successful Practice Practice working with couples, individuals, children and young people supporting them in improving their emotional and mental well-being. I personally believe that most difficult experiences can be connected back to childhood experiences and personal relationships, past and present. Depending on those experiences, good or bad, this can have varying impacts at different stages of your life.
I have worked with many extraordinary and inspiring couples, individuals, children and young people, each bringing their own unique story.
I see the work that I do as a privilege, being able to support my clients to achieve their own personal development and growth, overcoming barriers, life hurdles and to move on to becoming successful in achieving their goals, no matter what they are.