Anne Argent, MA, BA (Hons) PG Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
A warm welcome, my name is Anne.
- Are you feeling anxious or overwhelmed?
- Do you have relationship issues and wish to talk about them?
- Do you feel depressed, lethargic or demotivated?
- Are you experiencing addiction issues?
Could you benefit from having someone to talk to...
... to explore your thoughts and feelings... to get back on a front foot again?
By looking at these pages you are taking the first step towards making positive changes to your life. We all need help from time to time when circumstances in our lives leave us feeling very overwhelmed and in need of someone to talk to.
I am a professionally qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist based in Wanstead, East London. I have over 20 years experience working in the caring profession and have undergone extensive training which complements and enhances my therapeutic work.
My aim is to provide a warm, confidential and non-judgmental space in which you can talk about anything that is troubling you. An environment where you can be open and feel listened to, to helping you to gain greater awareness empowering you to move toward in your life.
I am here to help you to process difficult or painful thoughts and feelings, and focus on achieving your potential. I will work with you to identify and draw on your inner resources to live a fuller, more satisfying life. I work integratively drawing on my experience and training in various settings. For example, I may use cognitive behavioural therapy to help you identify patterns in your thoughts and behaviours or transactional analysis to help manage relationships in a healthier way or through mindfulness to help change a client’s response to particular circumstances leading to a reduction in anxiety. At all times my approach is tailored to meet your individual needs.
I value individual difference, honesty, integrity and finding your own path; I believe each person can grow and change and it would be my pleasure to facilitate your journey to a better and more fulfilling life.
I work with a very diverse range of clients and am respectful of difference and diversity related to race, culture, sexuality, age, gender, faith and physical ability. Some of the issues I cover include: anxiety, stress, panic attacks, depression, anger, body issues, self-confidence, relationship issues and life's transitions. I also have experience of helping people to cope with loved ones with complex issues including dementia, addiction, bereavement, trauma and abuse.
My practice is in a tranquil space centrally located less than 2 minutes walk from Wanstead Underground Station (Central Line). Free car parking and wheelchair access. I also work in Buckhurst Hill, also a 2 minute walk from the station (Central Line).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework and Code of Practice. I am also an Approved Anxiety UK Therapist (APPTS accreditation).
- MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- PG Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- PG Certificate in Counselling
- PG Certificate in CBT Mindfulness
- PG Certificate in Education
- (BA Hons) degree
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Certificate in Motivational Interviewing
- Certificate in Solution Focused Therapy
- Certificate in Dual Diagnosis in Mental Health (NHS)
- The Complete Drugs Course (NOCN Accredited)
- Health and Social Care qualifications
- Certificate in Mentoring (NCFE Accredited)
I regularly attend supervision and professional training workshops as part of my continuing professional development, most recently in bereavement, loss and life’s transitions.
I have worked as an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor at an NHS clinic in East London for both Newham IAPT (Talking Therapies) and Tower Hamlets MIND. I also work as a Mental Health Coordinator and counsellor at a large and diverse London University dealing with a range of emotional, relationship and mental health issues. These range from mild anxiety to more complex disorders. I also help people with Asperger’s syndrome, alcohol, gambling and drug abuse, communication and workplace issues.
I have experience working as a Psychotherapist in a GP Surgery as part of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (Talking Therapies) dealing with both short and longer-term issues. For a number of years I worked as a clinical practitioner and counsellor for several large London addiction charities and have set up and managed recovery projects.
Prior to working in mental health, I worked in the corporate sector where I developed strong mentoring, management and leadership skills. I have a good understanding of the stresses of working life, particularly the balance between the personal and the professional; the private and public.
With a background in mental health, education, business and the field of addiction, my knowledge and experience has allowed me to see problems from a broader angle in assisting people find their own unique way to deal with their difficulties. I understand the internal and external pressures people can put on themselves, which can lead to unhelpful or damaging coping strategies.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial telephone consultation free of charge
Individual therapy £60 for 50 minutes
I also offer concessions and reduced rates for students and people who are on a reduced income and/or receiving benefits. Please call for further information.
To arrange a free initial 15-minute no obligation phone appointment, please email me or call me direct on 07828933275 or text me and we can talk together and decide the best way forward for you.
Our sessions take 50 minutes each and are usually weekly. In the first session, we will discuss why you are seeking therapy and what you would like to get out it. You will have an opportunity to ask any question you like. I will ask you some questions about your present circumstances and presenting issues. We will then decide what works best for you in terms of short term or long-term therapy. The length of the commitment to counselling is collaboratively negotiated by the client and myself from the onset and regularly reviewed.
I have an Enhanced DBS and hold Professionally Liability Insurance.