Anna Parker, Registered and Accredited MBACP Counsellor and Supervisor
In private practice since 2003, I am profoundly aware of the importance of your choice and connection with your therapist. At the heart of effective counselling is the experience of trust in a counsellor.
Clients come to counselling to explore a range of concerns – whether personal crisis, resolving past experiences or as a way to understand themselves better.
For some people, having a chat first can be helpful so I would ring you at a time that suits you. Others prefer to outline a focus by email or book an appointment.
As an integrative counsellor, I can bring the right approach to suit your specific needs. Some clients prefer a structured approach or to use aspects of CBT; others may prefer a more psychodynamic method to help understand past experiences in depth.
I provide a supportive and reflective environment in which we can work, giving you the time and space to decide our focus and pace.
Years ago in a pastoral context I supported those going through bereavement. This was after I had been through a number of losses in a very short time, including friends dying in the bombing at Lockerbie.
A few years later I became seriously ill. Afterwards I had a block of time limited counselling. This helped me sort through how I was feeling and reacting to the consequences and impact of the illness, including losing my job.
The above two experiences of listening to and being listened to are part of what led me to become a counsellor. I believe in the power of therapy through personal experience.
I'm interested the process of creativity. I used to work in an art gallery but I can't draw or paint. Being creative to me seems close to playing, enjoying being in the moment, from cooking to gardening, personally and professionally.
How do I work?
Either after having spoken or by email, we arrange an initial session after which we can agree to work for 6 sessions. Then we review how things are going.
The first stage is to get more awareness of what is happening now, so we understand key factors including influences, experiences and beliefs. This mapping of experience gives us a platform to think about change.
We can then work together to identify what could be different and begin to put those different ways of behaving and responding into action.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems 2018
- Annual Workshops at London Centre for Psychodrama for workshop facilitation: 2015-2018.
- Further on going professional development in supervision of groups and reflective practice
- Foundation in Art Therapy British Association of Art Therapy 2013
- Cognitive Behavioural Training Wimbledon Guild 2011
- Working with Couples Epsom Counselling Service 2009 – 2010
- Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision Cascade Training Associates 2007
- Modules in Groupwork Metanoia 2004 – 2006
- Use of Sandtray 2004
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Kingston College 2003
- Advanced Diploma in Pastoral Care and Counselling Techniques Barnabas House 1994
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
- £60 per weekly session (individuals)
- £85 per weekly session (couples)
- I have some reduced rate places, please ask for further details
I am registered provider of counselling and therapy with Aviva and CBTClinics. Please ask for details.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon to Thurs 8.00am to 7.50pm. The last session is at 7.00pm ending at 7.50pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
As a counsellor, the collaborative working relationship of supervision has been key in my development as a practitioner.