Anna Clifford (MBACP registered, MSc Counselling Psychology)
Hello and a warm welcome to my profile.
Sometimes we can find ourselves feeling 'stuck' in life, not knowing or fearing which way to go next. It can be a frightening and lonely experience to experience any kind of strong emotions or general discontent in life. Counselling provides you with a safe space to have a look at what your are experiencing. With compassion, I aim to build a supportive relationship with you, to enable you to make any changes you need. Or perhaps you are simply looking for somewhere to speak completely openly and freely without judgement or 'advice' being given.
I am a BACP qualified and registered Counsellor with experience of helping people to explore their issues within a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment.
I use an integrative approach which means that I draw from a range of psychological therapies as each individual has different experiences and needs. At the heart of this is a person-centred foundation as I believe each person is the best 'expert' of themselves and already has the answers within themselves to resolve the troubles they are facing when provided with the right environment to explore them. I also use Solution'-focussed methods to help you identify what you would like to achieve and how you might get there. Counselling gives you a safe place to explore what is going on for you and supports you towards finding the right path.
- "What is person-centred counselling?"
The purpose of person-centred therapy is to facilitate our ability to "self-actualize" - the belief that all of us will grow and fulfill our potential. This approach facilitates the personal growth and relationships of a client by allowing them to explore and utilize their own strengths and personal identity. The counsellor aids this process, providing vital support to the client and they make their way through this journey.
- Read more here: https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/person-centred-therapy.html
I understand that making the decision to come for counselling may be a daunting step and finding the right counsellor that matches you is important. Please do get in touch through email,text or phone as this may help you decide if you would like to book a first appointment. I am happy to offer a free phone consultation if this would be helpful before meeting for a first session. Even if I am not the right match for you, perhaps I'll be able to point you towards someone that is.
You are by no means obligated to continue for any number of sessions if you decide that its not the right time for you- Counselling provides you with a place that is yours, and yours alone- it is important that you feel safe to take things at your own pace.
Mentoring for Trainee and Newly qualified Counsellors
I also offer mentoring for counselling students and newly qualified counsellors- particularly those considering starting up their own private practice. This is a space to explore your own feelings towards what setting up your own business involves and I can also support you in the practicalities of what this involves- such as your marketing and getting set up with it all. Please note this is not supervision but a separate service to to explore your feelings towards your new role and the practical elements of private practice. Please feel free to get in touch for more information
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology with Merit from the University of Keele and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Bath Spa University. I am also a member of CAPPP (Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice)
I endeavour to undertake continuing professional development courses to inform my practice.
This training has included;
- Working with and supporting bereaved children and young people - Winstons Wish
- Certificate in Using Creative Interventions in the Counselling Room
- Diploma in Pet Bereavement- Centre of Excellence
- Foundation in Mindfulness-based Cognitive therapy- University of East Anglia
I've worked with young people aged 11-25 in schools and universities, as well as adults in a variety of settings. In private practice I work with young people and adults aged 16 and above
I have a particular interest in working with life changes/transitions.This may include changes in a relationship, moving house or moving abroad, going to university or changing jobs. When life brings new transitions, whether planned or unplanned, we are left to adapt to a new way of being which can often be unsettling and difficult to deal with. I'm also really interested in working with people who struggle with personal relationships and making connections. I'm interested in working with the "here and now" to address whats going on between us in the room and then helping you to apply this to what happens in 'real' life with relationships.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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I charge £45 per session payable each session. The first session is £30.
Skype sessions are charged at £35.
I have limited places for reduced rates available. Please do feel free to ask me about this and we can discuss further before or at our first session together.
Please note that I use a 24 hour cancellation policy which means that any session cancelled or rearranged without over 24 hours notice will need to be charged at full rate.
I also work online through Skype or Zoom.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekends: Flexible times throughout the day
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|