Anna Westwood AdvDip. MBACP (Registered)
It is socially acceptable to get care for your physical ailments, perhaps back aches and pains, physiotherapy for problem muscles, a massage or a pedicure or even get your nails and hair done to feel good but the very important bit of kit, our minds, often gets very little attention or care. We are coming to know that it is this bit of kit that affects all areas of our life experience; there is strong evidence that our thinking and emotions can even effect or physical well-being. Why is it that we only seek help with our thinking and emotions when we are suffering anxiety?
In writing my profile I asked myself “what bought me to counsellor training?” Like many paths I have chosen I see that I was looking for some life answers for myself. I believe that anxieties, trauma and life’s hardships come to us all but in varying degrees and our ability to find meaning in, or just manage these events vary from person to person. I also believe we develop strategies and belief patterns to protect ourselves from pain or to feel accepted. These strategies and belief patterns may go towards creating filters on how we see ourselves, others and the world around us. Our minds are wonderful bits of kit that possibly only seek to protect us; but perhaps those protective processes are eventually what cause us to be stuck in pain as they are what keep us unknowingly from being in touch with a more integrated mindful guidance system; a system that incorporates body mind emotion instinct and spiritual awareness. This guidance system is fundamental to my relationship with you in the counselling room.
The word Psychology came from the two Greek words, “psyche” and “logos” which literally translate to the study of the soul and later on it progress to the study of the mind.
My own personal journey has led me to explore the filters I employ to view myself, others and my world; and I started questioning my “mindless” behaviour. I started to ask myself helpful questions and found better answers. In truth my “thinking” was what caused me most pain and being mindful can help me to see a broader, kinder more helpful view that can lead me away from pain. I have to admit I certainly do not have all the answers for me, but I trust that it is this same mindfulness that can help me sit alongside you and join you in your world of beliefs and filters without any judgement or agenda while you explore some helpful questions and answers for yourself.
Over the years of being in practice I realise that the naming of counsellor and client does not appeal to me; my role is to just BE present and share a space of safety with you; I have come to learn that you are your own wise-counsel.
I would always suggest that you check out counsellors in person to see if they “feel” right for you. So, we can meet for an introductory session for a fee of £25 and then we can agree 'what next' and my fee for any further sessions would be £40 per session.
I work with individuals male and female on a one to one basis; I also work with couples for relationship counselling. I have considerable experience of counselling same sex couples. I have many years of experience and a passion for group work with women around self-esteem and eating disorder issues. Sessions are available in Kinver.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level II & III Certificates in Counselling 2007/2008
Advanced Diploma In Integrative Counselling 2010
Further training in
Domestic Violence trauma counselling
Eating disorder issues (Susie Orbach training)
Professional Helpers training - Eckhart Tolle 2015
Meditative therapy - Dr William Bloom 2016
Women's group work self esteem issues and eating disorder
Domestic violence victims counselling (male & Female)
One to one counselling
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Womens Group work.
Initial meeting £25
Session fees £40
Couples initial meeting fee £30
Session fees when seen together £55.00
individually £35.00 (when both booked for same week) or charge reverts to individual fee £40.00
Appointments available in Kinver. Flexible times to suit.
Let me know how best to contact you– i.e. Do you prefer an email text or phone call?
Do you need out of office hours appointment. What day or time of day is preferred? – I will do my best to fit your schedule. Give your full name and contact details
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible appointments weekdays, weekends or evenings
Types of client