Anna Colquhoun, MSc. Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor MBACP, MBPsS
How counselling can help
Choosing a therapist you can talk to is essential to understanding the challenges you may be facing. My aim is to support you in the process of therapy and personal change. Maybe you are experiencing anxiety, or depression, or something in your life is feeling difficult right now. You may be noticing that you want to change some of the ways you have dealt with these experiences. I can help you to make sense of what’s happening and find ways to feel better about yourself. I understand that life can be challenging sometimes. I can support you to learn and develop better ways to handle the issues that you face.
Some of the areas I specialise in are:
· body image
· female experience
· grief and loss
· neurodiversity (autism, ADD, dyspraxia)
My background & training I trained as a therapeutic counsellor and have worked in long-term, low cost counselling, and in universities, working short term (6 weeks). I offer a relational approach to counselling and psychotherapy that integrates a number of therapeutic schools, including psychodynamic and person-centred approaches. For my dissertation I focused on mindfulness meditation in therapy. I have completed other training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Professional Accreditations I am a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) registered counsellor and psychotherapist and a British Psychological Society (BPS) registered graduate member.
What to expect My approach to therapy is integrative and relational. As an integrative therapist I take aspects of theory from across different therapeutic models and apply them according to what meets my client’s needs. I am trained in Clarkson’s five therapeutic relationship model, which emphasises the need for a healthy therapeutic relationship, founded upon Roger’s core therapeutic conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. The therapeutic relationship has been evidenced to be the most impactful contributing factor to any successful therapy and so I will regularly check in with you and encourage feedback.
Get in touch today to book a free consultation.
I work in London Bridge and in West Norwood.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling experience
I have experience and an interest in
- body image
- female experience
- grief and loss
- neurodiversity (autism, ADD, dyslexia and dyspraxia)
- relationship issues (partner, family, friends, colleagues)
- sense of self / self-esteem
I hold an MSc Therapeutic Counselling (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited) and a British Psychological Society (BPS) recognised BSc Psychology. These trainings lasted for six years in total.
I'm a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) my Registration number is 379131. I adhere to their ethical framework for good practice, attend regular clinical supervision and ensure I take part in continuing professional development CPD training to improve my practice.
I hold both public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.
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
- Identity issues
- Grief and loss
- Self esteem
- Sense of self
- Body image
- Dyspraxia/ Dyslexia/ADD
- Isolation and loneliness
- Relationship issues (partner, friends, family, colleagues)
My current fees are:
15 minute introductory consultation online/telephone only: Free
50 minute ongoing weekly therapy appointment: GBP £65
I offer a limited number of concessionary fees.
I ask that payment is made by debit/credit card or PayPal prior to each appointment via the book online section of the website. A receipt via email will be sent automatically from the payment system.
I offer a 10% fee reduction on my standard fee if clients book and pay in advance for a block of six or more sessions. We can discuss this during the first one or two sessions to see if it is the right approach.
Rescheduling & Cancellation Policy
Clients usually reserve the same appointment time on a recurring weekly basis.
I operate a one week rescheduling and cancellation policy, which means that I will not charge any fee if you give notice of one week or more. If you cancel with less than one week’s notice, I charge the full fee.
I want you to feel that the space I provide is welcoming and supportive. My approach is integrative and draws on psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural approaches. The therapeutic relationship is at the core of my work. Therapy works on an open-ended basis, depending on what you need.
Our work will involve a therapeutic conversation, with occasional creative work including drawing and using objects. We will look at how your thoughts, emotions and behaviour interact, and how they may be influenced by your relationships with others, both in the here and now and in the past. My role is to work with you to develop your awareness of the meaning of these experiences and start to consider the underlying needs you have and how these might be best met. We may agree on thinking to be done between sessions, and you may try changing your behaviour in relation to your growing self-awareness.
I follow the BACP ethical framework for the counselling professions.