Anna Bulgakova, MSc. Individual and Couples Therapy
INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING
I hold an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and am a professionally registered Psychotherapist (UKCP). I also hold qualifications in General Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Social Work.
I have been a practising psychotherapist for over ten years, both within the NHS and in private practice. This has included 1-1, family work, couples work and groups. Whilst this has primarily been face-to-face, I have also worked with clients online for over six years, with clients based throughout Europe and the UK. Clients always chose the format they feel works for them.
I am a member of CONFER which is a platform to access world-class up to date training.
I am also a member of THE CIRCLE, which is a charity started by Annie Lennox which promotes women's welfare and rights worldwide.
Code of Ethics
As a UKCP member, I abide fully by their code of ethics.
In private practice for over 10 years
20+ years as a clinician within the NHS and other statutory settings
Trained to MSc level in Psychotherapy
Extensive Continuing Professional Development
Decades of working with individuals, families and relationships.
Many years of working online with clients.
Extensive Supervision of Clinicians (psychotherapists, psychologists, doctors, social workers, various medical therapists) within private and statutory settings.
Anxiety and Panic
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Abandonment by a parent (at any age)
What I can offer you
The basis of all good therapy is in the relationship and building trust.
Whenever someone is seeking either psychotherapy or counselling, there is often a background of pain, disharmony and a feeling of being lost or alone with your difficulties.
I can offer you, not only a 'safe' home for your emotional and relational challenges but also someone who has significant experience of working with people facing the most incredible distress, 'aloneness' and confusion in their life. All problems are unique and each path to recovery is different. I will honour your unique history and your support your personal and relational growth.
So, to sum up, I can offer you a safe environment, someone who will work with you in a gentle but sometimes challenging way, who will listen and who will question. I am not a 'blank wall' therapist, who will leave long silences (although some silence is useful). I will learn as much from you as you will from me. That is the nature of therapy and healing.
Where I work
I currently work solely online.
My private practices are based in Bristol, Bath and Somerset.
Home visits are possible.
All locations have easy parking and are near transport links.
Intensive sessions are available to couples (normally over the weekend), particularly where a regular commitment to therapy is difficult because of work commitments. This is a London/South West service.
Individual Psychotherapy and Counselling
I offer individual sessions that usually run for 50 minutes. I also offer extended sessions of 100 minutes, which can be particularly useful, if you are in crisis. Sessions are weekly or twice weekly. I offer psychotherapy, counselling and behavioural interventions.
Psychotherapy is a longer-term commitment to understanding oneself, our relationship(s) with others, which can support in-depth understanding and huge potential for lasting change.. Psychotherapy is particularly useful for more complex issues, such as complex trauma, early attachment issues, dissociation and dealing with long term concerns including issues of sexuality. Contracts are often for 52 weeks with a review period at 40 weeks, to determine if you wish to continue for a longer period. Open-ended work is also possible.
Counselling is a shorter-term commitment and is better suited to a single problem with a clear objective. I am trained to offer brief and time-limited interventions. Counselling is normally contracted for a minimum of 12 weeks, and a review is held at 10 weeks, to determine if more in-depth work is required.
Behavioural Interventions are particularly useful for low to moderate anxiety and phobias. I have been trained in different modalities to work in this area and have practised behavioural techniques over many years. Some interventions may require work within your home setting or other locations, particularly when working with phobias.
The more widely recognised of these is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a NICE recommended intervention for mild anxiety and depression. This treatment focusses on understanding what may be 'triggering' your problems and working on strategies to overcome these. This approach requires a commitment to 'homework' and practising the interventions. I have a certificate in CBT from UWE.
If you are hoping to improve your relationship Couples Counselling can help you both move past traumas and patterns of behaviour which are getting in the way of relational growth. I often work with couples individually alongside joint work. This works well, as it allows space for each person in the relationship to explore issues privately before sharing and communicating these in a way that is safe, improves communication and sharing.
Couples work is based on the research of the Gottman Institute. Whilst there are many symptoms of a relationship falling apart, the root causes are often based in what Gottman describes as the '4 Horsemen of the Apocolypse'. Criticism, Contempt, Stonewalling and Defence. Even in the best relationships, there are arguments, but like in therapy, when there is a rupture (or falling out), it is how the repair happens which is crucially important.
We often bring baggage from our childhood or other relationships and that is why I also include a broader theoretical framework, when working with the individuals in the relationship. For this work from a theoretical base of intersubjective or contextual phenomenology, understanding the relationship in the wider context. I also incorporate an understanding of how childhood attachment and development can impact how we are in relationships. This is a formidable combination as it opens up areas of our being together which are often overlooked in the busyness of life. However, there is also a focus on re-attaching or re-coupling, as this is often lost in relationships where there are pressures or trust issues. It is a chance to reinvigorate and bring joy back into your lives.
I offer weekend intensive sessions over Saturday and Sundays for five hours each day. These can be arranged in various, mutually convenient locations. If you are interested in this style of working, please let me know.
Contracts can be time-limited or arranged as open-ended with review periods, usually every 6 months (although in reality, this often explored in sessions).
We will arrange a mutually convenient day and time which is yours until arranged otherwise, although I do try to offer some flexibility where possible to meet work and personal requirements.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex University)
- Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy - Metanoia
- Qualified Mental Nurse
- Qualified General Nurse
- BSc Sociology and Social Work (Bath University)
- Post Qualification (Social Work) in Mental Health (Bournemouth University)
Continuing Professional Development
- Brief therapy (NHS)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (U.W.E.)
- Mentalisation Based Therapy (N.H.S.)
- Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (N.H.S.)
- Coaching (N.H.S.)
- Mindfulness (N.H.S.)
- Safeguarding Level 3 - (vulnerable adults/child protection) (N.H.S.)
- Suicide Prevention (N.H.S.)
- Dementia awareness and skills (NHS)
- Carers support (NHS)
- Psychosocial interventions in psychosis
- Working with people who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia (NHS)
- Dual diagnosis (drugs and alcohol) training (NHS)
- Elder abuse (NHS)
- Working with people who have experienced sexual abuse (NHS)
- Domestic Violence
- Mental Capacity Act
- Mental Health Act
- Polyvagal Theory and its applications.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Anxiety issues related to Covid
Somatic responses which are unexplained.
Abandonment or estrangement by a parent or child
Impact of divorce on children
PTSD associated with domestic violence and rape
Free Telephone Consultation
Individual and Couple sessions are the same cost
Standard Sessions (day time) - £70
Standard Session (before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m) - £75
If you are facing financial difficulties or feel you are unable to afford the fees please do talk to me. To reassure those who fear financial difficulties, I always try to accommodate changing financial circumstances.
I have two low-cost sessions per week for front line workers (currently full)
I offer one free emergency session per week to front line workers in crisis. Please call for to organise a one-off session.
Concessions offered for
I have extensive career experience working with mental health challenges, physical health problems within both health and social care environments. I have had a private practice for many years, working with clients both long term and short term. My way of working, is holistic, bringing in all my professional training. My practice is inclusive and I work with clients from all cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and gender.
I have a strong interest in transgenerational trauma, lived trauma and attachment issues. In particular, how these impact our relationship with other people. I am also interested in and work with bodily held responses that trigger our thoughts and behaviours. My work with you will be mindful of this inter-play and I will support you to manage these bodily held anxieties and responses.
For people who have specific phobias, which restrict your lifestyle choices, I will work with you in the most relevant setting, including your home.
If you have any queries or just want to make further enquiries, please do call me on 0117 325 2694 or via my website www.relatingminds.com
Many clients are currently facing particular anxieties and fear related to COVID and the associated problems, such as challenging work environments, loss and relationship difficulties. My long and broad history of working with both physical and mental health problems can be particularly useful for some people.