Annabelle Hird, MBACP
I have worked with a broad client base presenting with varied issues ranging from feeling sad to generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder, relationship issues to seasonal affective disorder and believe passionately in the power of an empathetic, supportive therapeutic relationship.
I think therapy should offer a client the opportunity to talk about themselves and their world without the fear of judgement, whilst providing the opportunity to learn about how they can make changes to improve their emotional well-being.
I offer a the space and support that so many people are lacking in their lives to help them through whatever it is they are struggling with.
Whilst I am experienced with, and enjoy continuing to work with clients struggling with many issues, my area of particular interest is perinatal mental health. I have worked with women struggling to conceive, women undergoing IVF treatment, women who are struggling with anxiety during pregnancy, women who have suffered miscarriage or stillbirth and women suffering with postnatal depression. I offer a gentle approach to what I believe to be potentially one of the most difficult transitions a human being can experience. I am also set up to make babies under 12 months old welcome in the room with there mothers if that is preferred.
Training, qualifications & experience
I begun my training at the Tavistock and Portman and furthered my training and qualifications at The Gestalt Centre. I am a registered member of the BACP.
I have been counselling with Cocoon Family Support, working with women suffering with postnatal depression and anxiety. I currently facilitate their drop in group on a Saturday morning in at MIND in Camden.
I also work with Off The Record in Twickenham counselling adolescents and young people.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Each session costs £60 and is payable in cash at the beginning of the session. I offer a free initial consultation.
Weekend and evening sessions are available for £70
Skype Consultations £40
Couple's sessions: £70
Couple's weekend and evening sessions £80