Ann Todd - BA (Hons), MA Clinical Counselling, MBACP(Accred)
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, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Mindfulness techniques. 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 working with my private clients, I also work as a staff counsellor for a number of businesses. I was previously employed by 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. My earlier career was in a Corporate environment providing Training and Coaching and then I spent a period of time running a small business.
I hold Healthcare Professional Recognition with Aviva, AXA PPP Healthcare, Vitality Heath and Aetna. I am therefore able to work with their members through 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 and Trauma. 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) (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.
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.
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
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.