I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, which means that I believe everybody is capable - with the right conditions in place - of having a more rewarding life, and I use three different modalities to help you find this: Person-Centered, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt. (I find the more you know, the more you can use!)
I see all sorts of people with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and self-confidence; those who are having difficulties with friendships and relationships, who have suffered a recent loss, have a big decision to make etc. No problem is too small, it's a problem.
Being in my early 60s, I have had a lot of life experience myself, and I specialise in these fields:
Bereavement/Loss: I am a trained bereavement counsellor, and understand the desperation felt by a loss of any kind. (This includes a pet, job, home, relationship etc.) If left unresolved, loss can affect your life for years. Contrary to popular opinion, time is not always the greatest healer when it comes to loss.
Codependency:This is a broad term, but applies to those who are having trouble with relationships, not only with others but also with themselves. Often people say 'I don't know who I am' and only feel OK when they're either with others all the time or not with anyone if they can possibly avoid it. It is possible to feel lonely even when in a crowd of people. Others spend a lot of energy trying to control others into giving them what they need, with little success. We can explore all this together, and work out some healthier strategies for looking after yourself rather than trying to get your self-esteem from others.
Narcissistic Abuse: This is sadly all too common these days. It is far harder to recover from this kind of relationship (whether it be with a parent, co-worker or partner) than any other as there is psychological warfare involved, but it is possible if you are committed to restoring your peace of mind.
Trauma: I have undertaken a lot of extra training on this subject, as I think it is at the root of many human disturbances. By creating a gentle and safe environment, we can look at the best way to understand it and work through it together. This work is not undertaken lightly, and it takes time to integrate your experience into a more manageable place.
Addictions: I have personal experience of addictions, and of recovery. This includes substance addictions (alcohol, drugs, prescription/over the counter meds, over and under eating), process addictions (sex, love, gambling, money etc) and living with others' active addictions.
Suicidal ideation/Self-harm: I am a trained ASIST interventionist, and not afraid to discuss those dark thoughts and behaviours. You are not alone, I will walk with you.
Couples: I see couples for 90-minute sessions. I have studied the Gottman Method, which is a theory based on facts gained from 30 years' worth of research.
Generally, I like to work by exploring the current situation and the feelings you have around it, which will inform us as to how you got here; helping you to come up with your preferred options and then working together to find appropriate actions to bring about a solution. I am not a counsellor who doesn't say much, we're on this collaborative journey together. We work at our own pace, but with a view to taking action, as I don't believe people want to sit in the problem without feeling they are moving towards their preferred goals. I enjoy creative solutions to complicated problems.
I also have my own progress tool, The Feel Wheel, which is a way of monitoring your therapy 'journey' (I hate that word!) in order to avoid any feelings of stagnation. We can both see how well you're doing in an instant!
Training, qualifications & experience
- NCFE Level 2 Helping Skills
- NCFE Level 3 Counselling & Skills Theory
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from Wealden Psychology Institute (Level 6/BA)
- In process of gaining BACP Accreditation
Further training undertaken:
- ASIST (Applied suicide intervention skills training)
- Suicide Alertness for Everyone
- Understanding and Working with Self-injury
- Safeguarding Adults
- First Aid learning
- Telephone Counselling
- Working with Patients and Family Members in Bereavement
- Systemic Practice; working with patients, families and the bereaved
- Bereavement and Loss Awareness
- Working Creatively in Bereavement
- Working with Trauma in Palliative Care and Bereavement
- Managing Pain and its Impact in Emotional Support
- Including Coaching Skills in your Therapeutic Practice
- Trauma and Recovery
- Trauma in Children
- Severe and Complex Trauma and Disassociation
- Attachment, Attachment and Disorder, Trauma and Recovery
- Adult Developmental Stages
- Dunamis Couples Course 1 & 2
- Reclaim Your Brain (Mental Illness link to Nutrition)
- Gottman Method of Couples Therapy Level 1 and Level 2
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Narcissistic Abuse Recovery
- Single parenting
- Coping with children with special needs
- New beginnings
- Breaking old habits
- All ages welcome
After an initial assessment (£50), each session costs £60, and is an hour long. I have a few low-cost spaces for clients on limited incomes, but these are currently all taken. I usually see people once a week, with as few breaks as possible. If you are in crisis, I can see you more frequently. (I like to work quickly, as I don't believe people have the time or money to spend years in therapy. With some clients we work on something specific, have a break, and meet again to focus on another topic.)
My fee is the same for telephone counselling as it is for online counselling. I use Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, VSee. Every session lasts 60 minutes.
I have a 48-hr cancellation policy; if you let me know you can't attend any later than this, I will have to charge you the full fee.
I see a few clients in person in Brighton, but more frequently work via Zoom/FaceTime/Skype/VSee, which I find just as effective; even though we haven't met, it still works!
You may be wondering if I am the same Annabel Giles who is also a TV Presenter; the answer is yes. Having led an eventful life, I realised the value of counselling and so decided to train to be a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, which I find very rewarding and just as interesting, but in a different way! I still work as a TV Presenter, and can assure you that our work together will be treated as 100% confidential.