Annabel Giles, Dip.Couns, Reg'd BACP
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.
Being in my 50s, 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. If left unresolved, this can affect your life for years. Contrary to popular opinion, time is not always the greatest healer.
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.
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 but safe environment, we can explore the best way to understand it and work through it together. This work is not undertaken lightly, and takes time.
Addictions: I have personal experience of addictions, and of recovery. This includes substance addictions (alcohol, street/prescription/over the counter meds, over and under eating), process addictions (sex, love, gambling, money etc) and living with others' active addictions.
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 journey 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)
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
- 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Single parenting
- Coping with children with special needs
- New beginnings
- Breaking old habits
- All ages welcome
Each session costs £50, lasts for 50 minutes, and I do have a few low-cost spaces for clients on limited incomes. I usually see people once a week, with as few breaks as possible. If you are in crisis, I can see you twice a week. (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 tackle another topic.)
My fee is the same for telephone counselling, online counselling, FaceTime counselling and VSee (which is the medical version of Skype, and therefore more confidential). These sessions are for 60 minutes.
London-based sessions cost £70, due to increased costs.
I have a 24-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.
You may be wondering if I am the same Annabel Giles who was also a TV Presenter; the answer is yes. Having led an eventful life, I realised the value of counselling and so decided to re-train to be a Psychotherapist, which I find more rewarding and just as interesting, but in a different way! I still occasionally pop up on TV now and then, but this is the work I enjoy most.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently work in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex but can also accommodate clients in central London.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|