Dr Anna Redding, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Hello there, pleased to meet you.
Considering therapy can be a daunting experience. I will try my best here to alleviate any concerns and make the experience as easy as possible for you. I hope the information here goes some way to answering some of your questions and concerns, but if not, please do call or email me and I'll do my best to help.
How is a Clinical Psychologist different?
Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapies, including CBT and DBT. This allows us to tailor therapy to your specific needs, no manuals! A particular skill for Clinical Psychologists is our training in understanding what is going on for you and why. By being aware of why we are struggling, we can then make steps to overcome those difficulties. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. They do not always offer skills to help you make changes. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.
I am also a co-founder of Avenue Therapies, a community practice of highly experienced, qualified Psychologists and Psychological Therapists. Our therapists work with a variety of difficulties and therapies, so if I am not able to offer what you need, one of our therapists will be able to! We offer clinics over a variety of locations, for example London, Hertfordshire and Southampton. For more details please visit http://www.avenuetherapies.com/contact
My real passion is helping you to feel as though you can have more control over your life (and difficulties) and to enable you to achieve your goals and make your life worth living. Living with mental health difficulties and/ or chronic health conditions can be overwhelming, frightening and all consuming. I aim to instil confidence that you can achieve your dreams and live a fulfilling life by working with you as an individual to help you first understand and then overcome the challenges you are facing. I do not believe in fitting people to models, but rather in tailoring therapy and styles to best suit what you need.
What can I expect from my therapy sessions?
Feeling safe in therapy is so important. I aim to provide a compassionate and confidential space for you to discuss the difficulties you are experiencing to enable the therapy relationship to develop. I will work with you at a pace that feels right for you, moving towards a place where you can firstly understand what is causing your emotional (or physical) pain and then move towards making changes should you wish to do so. I usually meet with clients weekly for an hour, but this can be flexible depending on what works for you.
The first session is slightly longer at 90 minutes. This gives us time to explore the reasons that you are considering therapy, what you have tried before, the ways in which you are managing the difficulties and what you would like to achieve from our sessions. The therapeutic relationship is so important in therapy, so this is also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions and decide whether I am the right person for you. At the end, I aim to bring these things together to make some recommendations for therapy regarding which model I think would fit your needs best and will write a summary of this session to send to you. There is no obligation to continue therapy and I do not believe in keeping people in therapy any longer than they need, whilst balancing this with helping them leave therapy when they feel confident in doing so.
"Working with Anna was a very positive experience. I felt very comfortable talking to her about how I was feeling. This was because Anna was very approachable, friendly and very ‘human’, I never felt judged or patronised. Anna’s interest in my wellbeing was very genuine. Our sessions felt comfortable like I was like chatting to a friend – but a very talented, professional, knowledgeable one(!), who could impart this knowledge to make a practical difference to me. Anna explained theories and techniques in a very accessible way and helped me to understand myself and my reactions to situations which in turn reduced the impact of these feelings for me. I definitely felt happier and in a much better place at the end of our time working together." L
"Anna was the calm during some quite scary storms for me over the last couple of years. During our sessions she equipped me with the skills and tools to live the life I want without being held back by my anxiety." Kate
Taking the next steps
I appreciate that looking for a therapist can feel a bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information above will help to answer some of your questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me in confidence via our team at Avenue Therapies by email or phone (01420 540220).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in the NHS since 2004 supporting both adults and adolescents with a variety of difficulties, to make sense of and move forward from these difficulties. I have supported people living with severe, complex and chronic mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders, psychosis, childhood abuse/complex trauma, dissociative disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and OCD. I have also supported people through loss and living with chronic physical health problems.
I am a registered HCPC professional and an accredited CBT and EMDR practitioner
- Attachment focused EMDR: EMDR Works, 2018
- Working Clinically with Dissociative Disorders, PODS, 2018
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapy: EMDR Association, 2015
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dr Eric Morris and Dr Joe Oliver, 2013
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Dr Maggie Stanton and Christine Dunkley, 2012, 2013
- Behavioural Activation: Dr C Lejuez, 2013
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Personality Disorders, Dr Kate Davidson, 2012
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), University of Southampton, 2012
- Post Graduate Certificate, Psychological Research Methods, Open University, 2008
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, 2002
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also offer DBT informed work.
We can also offer Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments in our ASD clinic.
If you are struggling to get out, find activities and hobbies or returning to work, we have an Occupational Therapist who can help.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
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We provide a bespoke service that is designed to meet the needs of you, the individual, our charges vary depending on the nature of the assessment and any subsequent treatment. For a 90 minute therapy assessment fees for Southampton range from £95 to £140 and for London are £180. Individual sessions are usually 50 minutes and fees in Southampton range from £75 to £95 and for London are £120. Some of our therapist do offer concessions. We are always happy to discuss costs with you and are committed to try to make Clinical Psychology and psychological therapy as accessible as possible.
I can't always answer straight away but I will endeavour to return your message within 24 hours. I work as part of a practice called Avenue Therapies where you can call to speak to our admin team on (01420) 540220 or alternatively you can contact me directly on my email: email@example.com. You can also view further information at www.avenuetherapies.com.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I am also one of the directors of Avenue Therapies. We have a range of therapists to suit many different difficulties and can often be more flexible, offering appointments to fit around you.
We also offer ASD assessments for children and adults.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekdays, evenings and weekends
Types of client