Anne Branson. COUNSELLING & COUPLE THERAPY in Portsmouth & Southsea

Anne Branson. COUNSELLING & COUPLE THERAPY in Portsmouth & Southsea


07968 797004

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07968 797004

About me

Anne Branson, BACP Accredited and experienced ex NHS professional psychological therapist and specialist counsellor, Offering counselling and psychotherapy to individuals. Also ex- RELATE Couple Therapist And NHS couple and family counsellor for Isle of Wight NHS. Professionally registered and Accredited with the BACP, accredited with the Association for Family Therapy (AFT), and accredited with the NCS; I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy, and some coupe therapy.

I work from centrally located confidential counselling rooms in Old Portsmouth and Southsea with some availability in Ryde.

Alongside my individual counselling and psychotherapy and couples and family therapy practice, I have also worked in many different settings including the Isle of Wight NHS Acute Mental Health team, Women's Refuge, young persons counselling agency, rape centres, bereavement agency, drug and alcohol service, private practice, Barnardo's, Older Person's service, and providing individual counselling for general issues. I'm also a fully trained EMDR therapist.

I can help you with:

Reducing stress and anxiety
Building self-esteem and self-confidence
Developing self-awareness
Bereavement or a major life change
Motivation to change
Feeling depressed or unhappy
Relationship difficulties
Post Trauma symptoms like nightmares, flashbacks etc.

How I work

Irrespective of the models of therapy I draw on, what I consider most important is the strength and depth of the relationship we will form, where you feel safe and supported enough to look at the perhaps difficult, painful, frightening or shame-filled experiences that trouble you.

I offer support and encouragement through what can be difficult times, by sitting alongside you as you begin to make changes.

Getting started

I know it can be difficult to take those first steps into starting counselling so if it helps I offer you a free 15 minute telephone call where we can get a sense each other and what it might be like to work together.  We can talk a little bit about what you want to get out of counselling and what your questions are at this stage.

If at that stage you want to make an initial appointment I can usually see you within a week.

If you would rather make contact by text or e mail then I can offer an initial appointment this way and look forward to meeting you on the day.  Either text me on 07968 797004 or click the e-mail link on this page.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling from Roehampton University and an Advanced Post Graduate qualification (RELATE linked) in Couple Counselling and Systemic Family Therapy from Hull University.

I am qualified to Post Graduate level, have a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy – counselling that uses the appropriate response to what you bring to counselling, and a Post Grad qualification in working systemically with couples. I am also a fully qualified EMDR therapist specialising in working with trauma.

What does all this mean? You can be sure that I have studied hard to be able to offer a friendly yet professional counselling service to individuals, couples of all orientations, and families with difficulties emerging in relationships. I have worked in many arenas with clients of different levels of problems and able to offer as helpful a therapeutic intervention as you would expect from any therapist.

In short, I have long experience in working with clients at all levels and offer a full, evidence based couples, family and individual counselling and psychotherapy service.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Having a chronic illness myself, I work regularly with clients with a new or existing chronic illness diagnosis such as Diabetes, and with sight loss.

I do not offer Skype counselling or Hypnosis, sorry.


My fees are £50 hourly for all counselling and family work, and I offer three subsidised places at any one time for those on low income. Please don't hesitate to call me to discuss.

Further information

If you and your partner are experiencing difficulties in your relationship or with the way your family members are communicating, or if you are worried about your child or children, I am most happy to meet to discuss the possibilities that family and couple therapy can offer.

There are no commitments once we have met, until you decide to come along. I am also happy to see one partner if the other is hesitant about entering therapy.

Maps & Directions

Portsmouth, PO1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


6 Days per week by appointment. I can usually see you within a week.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme