Anna Purser MA, MBACP(reg)
I understand that, whether attending as an individual or a couple, it can take courage to start therapy and often a good deal of strength to continue. I feel that therapy should respond to clients’ presenting emotions and feelings, often on a session by session basis, even though these may relate to past experience. I value working creatively, as well as with laughter, to ensure that each session responds and acknowledges my clients as they need, helping them gradually piece together parts of their lives that may seem disjointed, conflicted or out of true.
One of my clients described his need for psychotherapy as deriving from a “collision of traumas”. For others, reasons include:
- entrenched patterns of thoughts and feelings
- problems within their relationships
- lack of self- esteem and loss of self
- change; trauma, crisis – the feeling that life should be better.
Sometimes clients find it difficult to express or define what is wrong, but feel life seems almost impossible to get through on a daily basis and they want to explore why, and how it can be improved.
I believe the therapeutic journey should be undertaken in the safety of an affirmative client-therapist relationship in which clients are helped to recognise, explore, understand and begin to address their problems and develop their true selves. As a relational integrative therapist I draw from a number of modalities, or schools of therapeutic thought, to help clients emerge from therapy feeling emotionally stronger with a clearer, more individuated sense of self and renewed awareness of what gives their lives meaning.
I believe that “The first step towards not being unconsciously influenced by something is to become conscious of it” Dass (2000) cited by Faris & van Ooijen (2012).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with a diploma, post graduate diploma and MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling.
I have worked within the NHS, counselling agencies and in private practice carrying out short and long term work with a diverse range of presenting issues and clients. Attending regular supervision and continuing professional development, I work in a non-judgemental manner, respectful of client autonomy and confidentiality, in accordance with the ethical code of the BACP.
My background, before psychotherapy, was in the fine and applied arts and then the voluntary sector where I worked with a wide array of people on many styles of projects and events. This experience, I believe, has been of benefit to my therapeutic work on many levels.
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
Fees are £65 per therapeutic hour for individuals although student rates or concessions may occasionally be available.
Fees for couples are £80 per therapeutic hour.
My main practice is just off Wandsworth Common, minutes away from the mainline station and 319 bus-stops and around ten minutes' walk from Balham and Clapham South Underground stations.