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About me

"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.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Self Confidence and Self Esteem

Overcoming Unhelpful Patterns of Behaviour

Low Worth



Relationship Difficulties

Feeling Overwhelmed

Work related issues

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


  • Pre-therapy assessment £45 (up to 90 minutes)
  • Individual Counselling £45 (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.

North Somerset

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Day Times - Tuesday to Thursday

Evenings - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Ann Pratten - On The Couch, Counselling and Psychotherapy

Ann Pratten - On The Couch, Counselling and Psychotherapy