Anna Lewis-Brady (Dip Couns MBACP) Registered Member BACP
Hi, my name is Anna, I know that sometimes life can become overwhelming and even more so in this time of crisis. You may feel that you have no one to turn to, which could leave you feeling hopeless and confused. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, isolated, lonely, lost, angry, or perhaps struggling with a bereavement, relationship difficulties, addiction, or suffering from abuse and low self-esteem - now could be the time to seek help from a counsellor as it's not easy to make sense of, or easy at all to cope with by yourself.
However, by considering counselling you will be taking the first step towards taking charge of your own future and, with my guidance and support, my aim is to work towards facilitating change, to help you to find your own ways of coping and a route to discovering a different perspective.
As the Dalai Lama said: “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”
It's often so hard to ask for help and you can feel that no one understands, or you may be too embarrassed to own up to your distress for fear of being judged.
My objective is to help you to navigate a way forward by listening to you in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental place where you feel able to explore your thoughts and feelings. This talking therapy helps to explore current issues, as well as past trauma and examine your current tools for coping. This often happens organically and the direction is driven by you.
Trust is imperative for a strong therapeutic bond to be established between us, as our relationship is the key to finding the tools to help you to 'see' a different path, thus enabling you to move forward by finding new ways of coping with what your life brings.
I am a qualified counsellor trained to work with teenagers, adults and specialise in bereavement, addiction, special needs, relationship problems and clients with other common mental health issues.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my profile. You've already come this far and evidently, have the strength and courage to look for ways to find the help and support you need to take the next step.
Please do call for a free, no-obligation chat. Giving you the chance to ask questions and to share some of your story with me before you decide whether you wish for us to go ahead and work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work integratively and am a qualified Psychodynamic and Person Centred Counsellor. Enabling us to explore either past traumas or current life difficulties - or a mixture of both, depending on each individual clients' needs.
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy
- CPCAB Level 3 in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 in Counselling Skills
- CPCAB Level 2 introduction into Counselling Skills
In addition to my private practice, I have clinical experience in various settings, such as: Bereavement counselling for individuals, as well as working with groups; Primary and Senior schools, working with pupils as well as staff; working for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation agency, offering counselling to adults recovering from addiction, as well as to their loved ones who need support in coping with the difficulties of living with an addict and couples work.
I have experience in working with clients who have a wide range of issues including:
- Loss and bereavement
- Stress and anxiety
- Relationship difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Social anxiety
- Redundancy and work issues
- Learning difficulties - (dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and ADHD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Self harm
- Illness and disability
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Learning difficulties and special needs - Dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADHD. I have 20 years worth of experience in this area. I have studied the 'repercussions of dyslexia' as well as 'helping a dyslexia learner' and I am passionate about building and re-building self esteem by identifying strengths and learning to cope with a clients weaknesses - after all, we all have weaknesses.
£25 per 30 minute session
£50 per 50 minute session
£275 - discount when booking a block of six sessions
Please do contact me for an initial chat and to discuss availability for open-ended/long term or short term counselling.
A cancellation policy of 24 hours applies.
Free parking is available.
I am fairly flexible, please contact me to discuss.
I am fully insured and a registered member of the BACP, abiding by their code of ethics and professional standards. I am also engaged in on-going CPD - professional and personal training and development, including regular supervision to ensure that my practice receives the best-informed care.