Ann Pratten - On The Couch, Counselling and Psychotherapy
"On the Couch" is my private counselling practice situated by Poets Walk in Clevedon. My clients often comment about the benefits they experience from being in this beautiful and peaceful setting which helps them to relax and feel safe to talk.
Though I have a background in training and development I truly love working as a counsellor, making a difference to peoples well-being is by far the most rewarding work I have done.
I trained as a humanistic therapist but with experience I am able to work with a range of theories and models, each person has their own unique set of circumstances and needs and I can adapt the approach to suit you.
When we work together you can be certain that I will do my best to take care of you through your counselling journey, as the process may bring up many issues. Counselling can be enlightening, revealing, bring up positive, sad and difficult memories, however by exploring these things you can gain an understanding of why you are feeling the way you do.
I have experience of working with clients from age 11 to 80, no matter what your age or gender I'm aware that problems develop or re-occur at any time. Difficulties can happen to everyone, though your experience is unique to you, and coming to counselling is a great way of taking control of what is happening right now in your life.
If you decide to choose me as your counsellor I will offer you care, compassion, I may challenge or coach you, or use creative techniques. Through my experience of working with many individuals over the years I have confidence that from our work you will experience self discovery and find techniques to help you in the future.
I have received many notes of thanks from clients, one of the greatest pleasures for me is to hear from the initially cautious client a message saying 'I just didn't expect to achieve so much'. Therapy does not offer a miraculous cure but it does provide an opportunity to talk freely and to process your experience without judgement or the worry of burdening a friend or relative.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Continuous Development
- Foundation Degree in Counselling Level 5 Distinction (Bath Spa University)
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 5) CPCAB
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4) CPCAB
- Intermediate Certificate in Counselling (Bridgwater College) AQA
- CRUSE Bereavement Care - (Level 2)
- CPD Training examples include - Mental Health Awareness, Loss and Grief, Mindfulness, Personality Disorders, Therapy for Men, Introduction to Relationship Counselling, Historical Sexual Abuse, Counselling Children and Young People.
Training and Management
- Advanced Diploma in Training and Development Electives in Learning and Development, Managing Organisational Learning and Managing Training (Level 5)
- Professional Development Diploma in Management Studies (Level 4) BTEC
Having spent 25 years working in Training and Development I have experience of supporting people at all levels in both a coaching and mentoring role as well as developing training programmes and helping businesses set up apprenticeships. My love of seeing people develop both personally and professionally led me to retrain in 2010 to become a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I am able to bring all of my skills together in my counselling role and my clients will benefit from my motivational, challenging and optimistic approach.
Over the years I have taken on many voluntary roles to help broaden my experience and I specialise in the following areas, Bereavement (inc through Suicide), Domestic Abuse, Anxiety, Depression and Suicidal Thoughts. Over the past 3 years I have worked at a local Secondary School with young people aged 11 to 18 years.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Self Confidence and Self Esteem
Overcoming Unhelpful Patterns of Behaviour
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Pre-therapy assessment £40 (up to 90 minutes)
- Individual Counselling £40 (60 minutes)
- Couples Counselling £60 (60 minutes)
Note that a limited number of appointments are available at a concession fee - please call to discuss your circumstances.
I offer short and long term counselling and due to each clients unique circumstances the number of sessions, times and regularity are individually agreed when contracting following the pre0 therapy assessment.
Cancellations: 24 hours notice is required, cancellations later than this may be charged at the full rate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day Times - Monday to Thursday Evenings - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Types of client