Anna Reali MBACP, BPC
I am a fully qualified and experienced child and adolescent therapist and psychodynamic counsellor.
I specialise in working with children, young people and their families. Issues I encounter in my daily practice are varied and include depression and anxiety, self-esteem, parental separation, illness in the family and bereavement.
I have a particular interest in interpersonal and relationship issues, life transitions (starting University or a new job, moving to a new country, adapting to a new culture), issues to do with wellbeing in the study- or workplace, such as stress and anxiety at work, redundancy, relocation.
My therapeutic approach is broadly psychodynamic, but interventions are always adapted to the individual needs of my clients. I pay attention to what may be going on under the surface and to the ways past experiences can shape our current lives. Most importantly, I aim to develop a therapeutic relationship that is collaborative, caring and trusting.
As we go through different stages in our life we experience challenges and transitions, some of which we may struggle to understand and manage. Our development as individuals and the process of self-awareness that comes with it are far from linear.
Counselling can offer a safe space in which to explore what is getting in the way, so that we can come up with options and a renewed sense of purpose and direction in our life.
I have first-hand experience of working in schools, academies and HE across London and Cambridge. I have been a team leader for the charity Blue Smile in Cambridge and have worked in the student counselling service at the University of Westminster in London. I am currently the welfare adviser and student counsellor at Queens' College, Cambridge.
Therapy with young people focusses on a variety of issues, both personal and study-related, such as exam anxiety, procrastination, low mood, life transitions, relationship issues and self-esteem. I am trained in short-term, focussed work with students and staff and welcome referrals from Colleges and Universities.
Central to my approach to working with children is the use of art materials, as a tool to facilitate the expression of emotions and experiences that may otherwise remain unspoken or unprocessed. Using art materials comes quite natural to children. Young people may choose to talk about their issues first and use art materials as therapy progresses, if they find that it helps the process.
I have supervision for all my practice and I have engaged in recognised CPD activities each year since qualifying. I am fluent in English and Italian and happy to work in both languages.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Accredited Register no. 048611. I am also registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
- Accredited Diploma in Supervision, Cambridge Supervision Training (qualifying in July 2019).
- Master of Science with Distinction in Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents at Birkbeck College, London. Member of the Birkbeck Counselling Association
- 'Couples as Parents and Parents as Couples' (3-months course), Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
- Advanced Training in Group Processes, OPUS, London
- Certificate in Developing Supervision Skills (9-months course), BPF
- Prior to training as a therapist I worked in Higher Education as a teacher and a translator and have an MPhil in European Literature and an MA-equivalent Degree in Foreign Languages.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
My fees range between £50 and £60 depending on the time and the location. I try to keep open a few places for low fee patients. Please ask when making an enquiry.
I offer training in Mental Health and Education to organisations, charities and to parents of children and young people.
Some of the workshops I designed and facilitated cover issues such as: Developing Mentoring in School; How to Manage Difficult and Sensitive Conversations with Children; What is Childhood Wellbeing; Child and Adolescent Development; Mental Health in HE.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information.
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