Anna Leythorne Dean
Hi, my name is Anna, I qualified as a counsellor in 2011. I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, MBACP (Accred). Accreditation with the BACP is a professional recognition of the quality and experience of my practice.
As well as my experience of working therapeutically with individuals, I dedicated a further two years qualifying to work with couples, families and relationships. I have a level 5 qualification in relationship therapy and a accredited intermediate post graduate certificate in systemic therapy with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
I have a private practice based in a home clinic in the village of Cuckfield where I see young people, individual adults and couples in person, or remotely via Zoom, regardless of your geographical location in the UK. For more information on how I work specifically with individuals, couples and young people please take a look at my website.
As well as my private practice, I work part time with the charity Relate as a relationship counsellor, and employed as a college counsellor working with staff and young people.
Some of the main difficulties individuals come to counselling is to find ways to cope and get support for anxiety, depression, stress or feeling sad. They may be feeling this way because of a variety of reasons, such as coping with a loss, family and relationship difficulties and low self-esteem. Couples usually come to counselling as they want to communicate better, have more intimacy, resolve conflicts, understand how to move forwards after an affair or support with separation.
Sometimes you may just want to talk to someone where the problem is unclear, and all you know is that something just isn’t right, or you have been struggling with a feeling, emotion or thoughts that are upsetting or worrying you, but the root of the issue is unknown. This can feel scary and overwhelming at times.
Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I will work with you to identify and address the problems.
How I work
I know from the years of experience of counselling that growth and change is possible. My work as a counsellor is incredibly important and meaningful to me and I feel privileged in the work I do.
My approach is positive. I encourage you to address the emotional or relational issues you face and give you the skills necessary to overcome them through action. My aim is to create a feeling of growth and purpose, promote healthy and fulfilling relationships and help you develop a positive relationship with yourself.
Counselling is a weekly commitment to yourself. The regularity enables us to work more effectively and provides you with a therapeutic framework of safety and trust. We will work together to think of ways to help you move forwards at the pace and level of challenge that feels right for you. I provide regular opportunities to review the work with you, to ensure that the counselling continues to feel useful to you.
Some problems only require brief counselling (approx 6 sessions). However, sometimes problems can feel quite big or complicated and is having a significant impact on your life. If this is the case more than 6 sessions, or longer term work may be what you prefer or need.
Special interests and additional experience
Anxiety, low mood, bereavement/grief/loss, couples and relationships, infertility, low self-esteem, affairs and infidelity, parenting, loss of meaning and purpose, identity, discrimination, disability, autism, neurodiversity (e.g dyslexia), communication difficulties, impact of illness and work / academic stress,.
My counselling approach
I mainly draw on Gestalt (which is a highly positive and integrative humanistic form of therapy), Systemic and attachment theories in my work, as well as interests in other modalities such as psychodynamic and existential theories.
Training, qualifications & experience
I was awarded a post graduate diploma in counselling in 2011, from a BACP accredited counselling program (The Gestalt Centre, London). The importance of choosing a BACP accredited course, gives assurance that the course content, delivery and assessment meets the highest professional standards.
As a qualified counsellor I had further a years' training and clinical practice with the Place2Be to work therapeutically with children with a play therapy focus.
I qualified as a relationship (couples) counsellor, having had further qualifying training with Relate on their Relate Certificate in Relational Counselling (9 months). This course included systemic and psychodynamic theories and clinical practice with a strong focus on working with difference and diversity. I am a registered Relate Practitioner.
I have a accredited intermediate post graduate certificate in systemic therapy with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. My clinical focus was working systemically with couples. This qualifying course is validated by the University of Essex and accredited by the Association of Family Therapy. I am a member of AFT. This course included systemic theory and clinical practice with a strong focus on working with couples and diverse families. I am a member of AFT at practitioner level.
I have a foundation in working with clients with infertility, awarded by the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA). BICA work with the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and with counsellors specialising in infertility in private practice.
I have had additional specialist training to develop my counselling practice in bereavement, completed two foundations in art psychotherapy from Roehampton University and the British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT), (these were not qualifying courses - the courses included experiential workshops and lectures on art therapy from a Jungian perspective). I also have extensive training in autism, mainly from the National Autistic Society.
I have 10 years’ experience working in organisations as a counsellor. These include clinical settings in NHS primary care (IAPT) providing talking therapy (counselling) to individuals who have anxiety and depression, a London NHS hospital as a NHS bereavement counsellor, as a school and college counsellor working with young people and staff, in the charity sector with Relate working mainly with couples as well as individuals and counselling children in primary schools using Gestalt play therapy principles.
I have 20 years’ experience working in supportive roles in NHS clinical settings, higher education and community settings, with adults, young people and children with disabilities (learning disabilities, sensory disabilities, mobility disabilities, medical conditions, autism and mental health conditions). I have also worked in end of life care.
My first degree was in Art. I have a BA, upper class honours in Fine Art Painting. It was in this training that I became interested using art experientially as form of therapy as a way to express and communicate emotions and life stories. Throughout my studies I worked part time in supportive roles with vulnerable adults and children. After I graduated it was clear to me that I wanted to train as a therapist. I continued working in supportive roles with people with different backgrounds and abilities, before training as a counsellor. This experience has been extremely valuable and meaningful to me as a counsellor.
I also have 7 years’ experience working with students (including mature students) throughout their student life cycle as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor and a Specialist Autism Mentor in Higher Education. Many students I supported also had neurodiversity’s, such as ADHD and dyslexia. I also worked for many years as a Disability Advisor in a few London Universities.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £55.00 to £80.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer an initial free brief telephone call. This will be an opportunity for us to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and for you to get a sense of me and how I work. I can also ensure that the problem you are seeking counselling for is something I can safely and competently work with and you can ask me any practical questions. If in agreeance, we will then arrange an appointment for the initial consultation.
Sessions for Individuals, Young People and the initial consultation are £55 (50 minutes)
Sessions for Couples and the initial consultation are £80 (60 minutes)
I have a few concession appointments available for counselling students or those on reduced income. Please let me know if you would like to discuss this possibility.
I aim to respond to emails and messages as soon as possible.
Cuckfield has one hour free parking on the High Street, free parking in nearby residential streets and a free parking at Broad St, Cuckfield village car park (all within a minute or 2 away). At Broad St car park you will need a Mid Sussex parking disc for short stays, or you can park in the long stay without a disc. Cuckfield can also be accessed using buses.
Payments can be made by BACS. I am happy to provide an invoice. I ask that the funds are cleared in the account the day before each session. It has been my experience that this arrangement works best to help us stay focused on your goals and not take away from our time together. Alternatively you can pay by cash at the start of each appointment. I am currently in the process of reviewing my payment policy, which may include another option of paying by card at the start of each appointment.
Please let me know if you require any reasonable adjustments to attend counselling, (the counselling room is ground floor access with a small step). There is no access to a waiting room or toilets on site, so you will need to arrive on time. There are free public toilets in Broad Street village car park and plenty of cafes 1 minute walk away.