Anna Bulgakova, MSc. Relational Psychotherapy & Counselling, In Person & Online

Anna Bulgakova, MSc. Relational Psychotherapy & Counselling, In Person & Online

Bristol
BS6

Bath
Somerset
BA1

07713 880505

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About me

INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING

COUPLES COUNSELLING

IN-PERSON - BRISTOL, BATH, FROME

ONLINE VIA SKYPE

About me

I hold an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and am a professionally registered Psychotherapist (UKCP), and Social Worker (HCPC). I also hold registrations with the NMC for Mental Health Nursing and General Nursing. After a long career which has included individual, couples, family work and management, I now work in private practice.

What I can offer you

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 experienced and worked with people facing the most incredible distress, 'aloneness' and confusion in their life. All problems are unique and each path to recovery different. I will honour your unique history and your journey to recovery.

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

My practices are primarily in Bristol, Bath and Frome. All locations offer a confidential space, parking and transport links. I offer skype sessions to clients in the UK and other countries. I do offer emergency appointments when regular clients are in crisis.

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.

Specialisms (extensive experience and training)

Depression

Anxiety

Panic Disorder

OCD

Phobias

Eating Disorders

Self Harm

Suicidal thoughts

Mental Health

Relationship problems: Divorce, Separation, Affairs, Trust, Domestic Violence, Control.

Abuse

Trauma

PTSD

Neglect

Abandonment by a parent (at any age)

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.

Couples Therapy

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.

I 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.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Training

  • MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex University)
  • Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy - Metanoia
  • Registered Mental Nurse
  • Registered General Nurse
  • BSc Sociology and Social Work (Bath University)
  • Post Qualification (Social Work) in Mental Health (Bournemouth University)

Professional Registrations

  • UKCP
  • NMC
  • HCPC

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
  • (NHS)
  • 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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

UKCP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Group Work

In 2020 I will be offering closed group work (max 8) for women who have experienced rape within a marriage or long term relationship. Please email me if you are interested in taking part.

Pre-wedding planning

Work with couples over 6 weeks to ensure the best possible outcome for your long term commitment to one another. This will include looking at shared values, short and long term goals, relationships and attachment styles. How you currently handle disagreements and how this may be managed more successfully.

Pre-pregnancy planning

Having a baby is a tremendous undertaking and responsibility. It can be a challenging time for both parents. There is significant research that shows stress levels in pregnancy impact the baby's brain and how the baby is cared for in the first two years of life can impact the child for the rest of his/her life. Whilst most pregnancies are born out of love between two people, the parent's own life events may impact the baby's care and wellbeing - often unintentionally. Similarly, parents to be may have been raised very differently and may have different ideas on how best to be a parent. Equally, some parents have little idea of what is about to impact them and how to care for a baby, infant or child. Working on these issues before moving forward with pregnancy will give your son or daughter the best possible start in life.

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Fees

Fees are discussed at our initial consultation.

I offer concessions to two clients who are on benefits or who are carers.

Home Visit fees will be calculated to include travel time and expenses, from my nearest office base.

Further information

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.

I look forward to hearing from you, by mobile or via my website.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS6
Bath, BA1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: No

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

Frome premises are on the ground floor - no ramp. All locations are within easy reach of bus and train services. All locations have parking on premises or nearby.

Availability

Monday-Friday 7.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday Intensive sessions for Couples

Flexible Appointments possible

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme