Ann Todd - Anxiety and Trauma Therapist
Often our anxieties and difficulties can weigh us down and we are unable to find a way forward. Our thoughts and feelings can be confusing and talking to friends and relatives about our concerns may be too difficult. I provide a confidential, safe, respectful and non-judgemental space in which you can explore your difficulties, gain insight and discover a way forward.
I am an experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor. I provide a counselling relationship where you are heard, understood and accepted. This is extremely powerful because it allows you to open up and express all of your emotions, feelings and thoughts. This new awareness and clarity leads to the potential for positive change.
The foundation of my therapeutic work is Person Centred. I firmly believe that we are our own best expert but that sometimes we need a helping hand to find ourselves again. Where appropriate I also draw on other therapeutic techniques. For example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which can be helpful for low mood, anxiety, phobias and negative thinking patterns. I use Mindfulness techniques, which are helpful for anxiety, low mood, pain management and substance abuse. And Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, which focuses on solutions to our problems rather than the problem itself. My interest in trauma lead me to train in EMDR, a psychotherapy for traumatic memories and other adverse life events.
How to get started with Counselling
I know that deciding whether counselling is right for you can be daunting, never mind deciding which counsellor is a good match for you. I therefore offer a 20 minute consultation, free of charge, which can help you make your decision. This can take place over the telephone or face to face if you prefer.
Just Email me or call me and I will get back to you as quickly as I can. We can then arrange our initial 20 minute consultation where we can discuss what to expect from counselling, look at what you want to achieve and you can gain a feeling of what I will be like to work with. If you feel comfortable and decide that counselling is for you, we can then arrange our first counselling session.
We would then normally book weekly sessions - the number of sessions is entirely up to you.
If you want sessions on a weekly basis I am able to offer the same appointment time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA in Clinical Counselling and am an accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I abide by their Ethical Framework for The Counselling Professions. I am listed on BACP's voluntary Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. This register is accredited by the Professionals Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
In addition to my private practice, I have also work on a very successful Mental Health Social Inclusion Programme, I have worked in the NHS as a Staff Counsellor and for the last 5+ years I have given my time voluntarily to a local Counselling Charity. I am also an associate for Employee Assistance Service Providers.
I hold Healthcare Professional Recognition with Aviva and AXA PPP Healthcare. I am therefore able to work with Aviva and AXA PPP members under their insurance scheme.
My training and experience has enabled me to work with a diverse group of people dealing with a variety of difficult situations. These include but are not limited to:
- Stress, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, panic attacks and phobias
- Work related issues, work related stress, bullying, redundancy
- Post natal depression, traumatic birth and pregnancy related issues
- Childhood sexual and physical abuse
- Relationship issues, difficulties or breakdown
- Low self esteem, lack of confidence,
- Substance abuse and risky behaviours
- Anger, rage, betrayal, guilt, shame
- Illness and life changing illness
- Bereavement and loss
My specialist areas of interest include anxiety and its management; trauma; and I have a specialist interest in perinatal difficulties, for example traumatic birth experiences, miscarriage, stillbirth and postnatal depression. My research into the impact of traumatic childbirth has been published and forms a chapter in the book "Listening to less-heard voices".
I keep up to date with the latest developments in psychology and neuropsychology and attend regular training workshops. Recent training has included:
STORM Risk Management Training (Suicide Prevention)
EMDR (Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4) (EMDR Masterclass)
Solution Focused Approach to Counselling
Christiane Sanderson's - The Web of Shame
Dealing with Distress (working with self harm and suicide)
Working with the Inner Child
Sleep and the 8 hour myth
Trauma and the body
DID and dissociation
Anger, Rage and Relationship
Working with Self-Harm
Shame & Guilt
Working with Bereavement & Loss
Working with Male Clients
Historic Childhood Sexual Abuse
Working with People with Borderline Personality Disorder.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Traumatic Birth Experience
£60 per session (1 Hour). Longer sessions can be arranged on a pro-rata basis.
Concessions available for trainee counsellors who require therapy as part of their training course.
My counselling room in central Manchester is easy to find and is only a five minute walk from Piccadilly railway station and a few steps away from Tram and Bus stops.
My counselling room in Bramhall is in the centre of the village, there is nearby parking and again is a few minutes walk from the railway station.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 08:30 - 19:30
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|