About me

Hi and welcome to my profile. I offer one to one counselling and Integrative Arts Therapy to adults, teenagers and children from the age of 9.

What is Integrative Arts Therapy ?
Integrative Arts Therapy means that we can use a variety of arts including painting, sandtray, movement, puppets, story telling, clay and poetry to help us explore difficult feelings, emotions or life situations.

How can it help ?
Creating something visual can help us to see a problem in a different way. Images, symbols and metaphor can give us a new language and bring us insight and understanding to situations where words alone may be limiting. It can be helpful for those who find it difficult to express how they feel, or words have become a way to avoid or block feelings. The arts can help us to feel more confident, help us acknowledge parts of ourselves considered unworthy or unlikeable and allow us to feel more present and in the moment.

Do I need to be good at art ?
You do not have to be good at art. Scribbles, lumps of clay, splodges of paint, or even just tearing up bits of paper are all forms of creatively expressing yourself. It's not about producing something beautiful , it's about using materials, colours or movement to help you express feelings. My role is not to interpret what you do but to help you find your own meaning and ways through situations.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Integrative Approach. (Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural therapy)

Diploma in The Therapeutic And Educational Application of the Arts

Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision.

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have been qualified as a Counsellor since 2002 and have worked in a variety of settings including Universities, Drug and Alcohol Projects, Youth Services and Secondary Schools. I supervise other counsellors and occasionally run wellbeing workshops using creative mediums. I frequently participate in training and workshops to develop my work. I have regular and ongoing supervision to ensure I practice safely and ethically.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


Additional information

  • Counselling Sessions are £40 per hour, this includes initial sessions.
  • Concessions are available for trainee counsellors,students or for individuals on lower incomes, please contact me to discuss options.
  • Counselling Supervision is £50 per session.
  • Appointments available day time and early evening.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Mondays and Wednesday after 3 Tuesdays all day and Thursdays after 12.

Further information

If you would like to arrange an appointment or for further information please contact me via e-mail at anna.i.desousa@gmail.com, or by phone on 077382 76735.

The Wellness Room
The Courtyard Crickhowell
43 Standard Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Additional languages


Anna De Sousa

Anna De Sousa