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About me

Welcome.

I am a person-centred counsellor based in North West London, offering a warm, non-judgemental space to adults of all ages. I'm passionate about how counselling can help people feel more connected to themselves and others, and empower them to find their own answers.

Coronavirus update
Counselling is more needed than ever: the past year has been unprecedented, with the coronavirus pandemic, and ensuing lockdowns affecting all of our lives. We have all been living with uncertainty, fear, loneliness, loss, and exhaustion.

Maybe you are here because of what you have experienced or are still experiencing due to all of this; maybe other issues have come up for you, or old feelings have reopened. Perhaps you would like some support dealing with everything you are going through, or trying to process. Whatever your needs I can offer a calm space to talk through your thoughts and feelings at this challenging time, via online video counselling.

What I offer

My approach (person-centred) is based on the belief that everyone has the ability to grow and change, and that you, the client, are your own best expert. This means that rather than tell you what to do or offer you advice, I will sit with you and together we can explore your thoughts and feelings so that any changes come from within you. I work at a pace that suits you, and I offer a space to safely contain what you bring. I know from my own experience how transformative it can be to feel truly seen and heard.

I work in a person-centred way because I believe in the uniqueness of every client I see, and believe that my offering understanding, non-judgemental acceptance, and compassion will create the time and space you need to more fully understand, trust, and accept yourself.

Throughout my working life my focus has been on compassion, collaboration, and the importance of listening to, and understanding, each other. I welcome and value diversity – of background, sexuality, gender, ways of thinking, being, and living.

Sessions

Sessions last 50 minutes, and are generally held on at the same time each day. I can be flexible if needed. I offer short-term counselling (10-12 sessions) or longer-term open-ended therapy. At present all sessions are online, with an aim to return to offering face-to-face sessions when possible.

What to expect at the beginning

I understand it can take a lot to make the first contact, which is why I suggest a first phone call, and then an initial meeting to see how we can work together. This initial session is at a reduced rate of £40, (£20 unwaged/student), and is a chance for us to meet so that I can find out a little more about you, and you can find out more about how I work and whether you would like to continue with me.

Contacting me

If you are interested in finding out more about working with me, please check out my website. You can phone or email to let me know when is a good time to ring you back. I aim to respond within one working day. All messages you leave are confidential. If you wish to give me a brief idea of why you are interested in counselling you can, but only leave as much information as you are comfortable with - your name and contact details are enough at this stage.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and credentials

  • Diploma and Certificate in Person-centred Counselling, City Lit, London
  • Registered member of the BACP (MBACP). I abide by BACP ethical guidelines, and I attend regular supervision and ongoing professional development to ensure my work is of a high standard.

Experience

  • In addition to my private practice I have several years counselling experience working with bereavements and loss within a bereavement charity
  • I currently work with women in the field of trauma and domestic abuse. I have training in and can work in a trauma-safe way.
  • I previously worked as a teacher, and understand the demands of a stressful job, especially within the field of education.
  • I have good autism awareness.
  • I have experience working with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, change, relationship and work issues, and parenting.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial assessment session:£40, (£20 unwaged/student) £65 evenings (7pm onwards)

£60 daytime
£40 unwaged / student (limited places - please enquire about availability)

Availability

From April 2021 - Mondays 2.30pm and 5pm.

Further information

Access

Online: I use zoom (and other online video platforms) so you will need a reliable internet connection, web cam / computer with camera or smart phone, and a quiet space free from interruption.

In person: There are two to three steps up to the two rooms I use for therapy.

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Anna Gray (MBACP)

Anna Gray (MBACP)