Anna Bampou,MSc, Adults/Children/Young People Counsellor and Supervisor
I am an experienced counsellor, having practiced since 2001 and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I also supervise counsellors and other healthcare professionals on a 1:1 and group basis privately and as an external supervisor to various organisations in the public, charitable and private sectors. Please visit my supervision profile for more details.
Before I professionally trained to be a counsellor, I obtained a BA in English Literature and worked as an English teacher.
My interest in counselling was sparked by my own experience of having counselling in my 20’s, to deal with challenging life experiences. As a result, I not only got the support I needed but also I experienced personal transformation and growth in all areas of my life. This created a real passion and interest for me to become a counsellor, strongly believing that with the right professional support and care, I can help others to recover and lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.
I strive to create a safe, supportive environment where you can explore your concerns, thoughts, and feelings. My aim is to assist you in developing a better understanding of your issues, difficulties, and who you are at a deep level, moving towards developing a better relationship with yourself, and others, going forward in your life. I am trained as an Integrative Counsellor and I draw from many therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Creative, Motivational Interviewing, the 12 Step Minnesota Model, Coaching, and Play Therapy among others, tailored to each client’s specific needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
2001 – BA in English Literature, American College of Greece
2002 – Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counselling Vocational Training, Western Counselling Services
2005 – Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Bristol
2009 – MSc in Counselling, University of Bristol
2015 – Level 4 Certificate in Children Counselling Vocation Training, Place2Be
2019 - Post Qualification Diploma in Counselling Supervision, Surrey Counselling Training
I have undergone long term personal therapy and I am committed to continuing professional development, having attended professional training in various areas over the past years, including:
Bereavement and Loss
Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice
I have 15 years of clinical experience working with substance based addictions, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, pill addiction, as well as process based addictions, such as co-dependency, love addiction, gambling, food addiction, exercise addiction, workaholism, shopping/spending addiction, and internet addiction.
In addition to this, I am well skilled in treating cross-addiction and relapse. I have worked as a counsellor and team leader within different settings, including charity and community organisations, prison based settings, and within the private sector. My skills include one-to-one client work, group therapy and delivery of psychoeducational lectures and experiential workshops.
In recent years, my new role as a mother inspired me to re-train in counselling children including young children. Alongside my training, I worked in a primary school in London, helping children through talking, creative work and play in a therapeutic environment. I worked with them to create the opportunity for them to be heard and seen, and to express their thoughts and feelings. At this vital early stage of development, offering support to deal with emotional and behavioural issues is proven to have a positive impact on the rest of their lives and the lives of those around them.
What I Treat
Through my career as a counsellor I gained extensive knowledge in treating issues such as:
Work related stress
Loss and bereavement
Anger and anger management
I also offer counselling for self-development, supporting those who look for a way of empowering themselves to become the person they wish to be, through profound self-exploration and by developing or learning new life skills.
Specialism in Addiction
Whatever the form of addiction, I can help you to explore and increase your awareness of the underlying reasons driving your addiction and addictive behaviour and support you to develop new skills and establish supportive relationships that will lead you towards a life of sustainable abstinence. If during your assessment, or one-to-one counselling sessions together, we feel that medical detox and/or residential treatment is required, I can help you make these arrangements.
I understand that addiction affects the friends and family of the person who is in active addiction. Because of this, I offer counselling to friends and families, supporting them to explore their experiences and feelings associated with a loved one’s addiction. This helps with maintaining health and helps with the process of setting the necessary boundaries to help their loved one to seek help and recover. I incorporate within my counselling psychoeducation around the disease of addiction, family and addiction, effects on the family, breaking patterns such as enabling through the acquisition and use of new tools, like tough love and boundaries.
Specialism in Children
As a children’s counsellor, I see young children between the ages of 4 and 11 years old, with a range of presenting issues such as loss and bereavement, low self-esteem, bullying, family breakdown, trauma and domestic violence. I use play therapy, which is children’s natural medium to learn, communicate and explore their worlds. Through play I help them express themselves, explore their feelings and make sense of their experiences, empowering them to create solutions and increase their self-esteem by managing their individual situation. Alongside helping the child, I extend the support to their parent(s) and family, through regular review meetings where progress of the child in therapy can be discussed and/or additional support can be offered to enhance the changes and developments achieved by the child. I take serious consideration of safeguarding issues and confidentiality, and I have firm procedures in place to ensure this. I also have a well-established referral network in association with my colleagues at the Healthcare On Demand clinic.
I am a registered member with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am currently in application process of becoming an accredited member.
I am committed to ongoing professional and personal development and work within the BACP ethical framework for good practice.
I undertake regular independent supervision.
I carry full professional liability insurance.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me to discuss fees.
We will collaboratively decide and regularly review the frequency and length of sessions.
Payment can be made by cash or bank money transfer.
After a session has been booked it is chargeable, unless cancelled with 48 hours’ notice.
Concessions offered for
I am available at The Eaves in Guildford, Godalming and Farnham. Please contact me to discuss availability.
I am fluent in French language and expert in Greek language.