Anne Docherty

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MA Counselling MSc Psychology BSc (Hons) Psychology Reg MBACP
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Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9JX
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I passionately believe that good counselling empowers individuals to find answers within themselves; answers that will enable them to live with their own truth, be on their own side and find healing.

My journey into counselling began when as a teacher of adolescents in a Barnardo’s school, I came to realise that the impact of early life experiences on the growing child continues into adulthood. I witnessed this being played out in individuals from all walks of life when working as a careers adviser within education, training and employment and more recently working with adolescents and adults whose pain and anger were expressed in the form of addictions, self harm and risk taking behaviours.

While many of us may ‘weather’ a variety of adverse childhood experiences, their effects can emerge at various stages of our lives causing troubling and confusing emotions, symptoms and behaviours that interfere with our quality of life.

I offer a warm and caring counselling approach that is respectful and accepting of any issues you may wish to explore in an environment that is totally safe and confidential.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • MA in Integrative Counselling – Roehampton University
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level II: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making and Attachment Repair – Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I: The Treatment of Trauma - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
  • Relate Certificate in Counselling Young People and Adult Individuals
  • MSc in Psychology - The Open University
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology – The Open University
  • Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
  1. Training Includes:
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Action: harness the wisdom of the body to treat trauma and relational wounds – Pat Ogden, PhD, Sensorimotor Institute
  • Gestalt in Action - Angelika Wienrich, The Gestalt Institute
  • Classical Attachment Theory - Linda Cundy, Attachment–Based  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
  • Sexualised Trauma - Zoe Lodrick, Sexualised Trauma Specialist
  • Transforming Shame and Self-Loathing – Dr Janina Fisher, Sensorimotor Institute
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills – Assist Training
  • Working with Complex Trauma – tag (Trauma and Abuse Group)
  • Taking a Trauma Informed Approach – CALM Training


I have over twenty-five years of experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings that include residential care, special and mainstream education, statutory education, employment and training and a hostel for those who would otherwise be homeless.

I have worked with individuals with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and a variety of mental health conditions.

I have worked at Relate in Reigate as a young person and adult individual counsellor and as a counsellor for students at East Surrey College.

I provide training and support for leaders of a large voluntary organisation working with survivors of abuse.

I currently work in private practice at The Eaves in Guildford.

My Approach:

I have training and experience in a variety of counselling models but favour an integrative approach that combines a range of perspectives. This allows me to be flexible and creative, adjusting my counselling style to the unique circumstances each individual brings to counselling. These perspectives include:

Psychodynamic: to explore the unconscious processes that can interfere with everyday life and relationships.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: to explore and address the impact of negative thought patterns on feelings and behaviour.

Systemic: to explore how the sense of self is affected by and affects others within families, education, work and other relational circles.

Sensorimotor psychotherapy: to explore the effects of trauma, developmental and attachment issues as they are held in the body.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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£65.00 per session

Additional information

I offer an initial consultation for £30. Thereafter my fees are £65 for each 50 minute session.

When I work

Daytime and evening appointments available.

Further information

I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate, enabling me to work with children and vulnerable adults.

I have regular Child Protection and Safeguarding training.

I have full professional insurance.

I welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have.  Please do e-mail or call me for a preliminary discussion of your needs.

3 Paris, Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9JX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Anne Docherty
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