Anne Ford "bacp : Counselling changes lives!"Contact ME
Hi, Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. Its not really about me...its about you. Its important you choose the right Therapist for you. Counselling should not be something that shames you. If you wanted a fit body you might go to the Gym, it takes time to build up fitness, stamina and muscles and as you progress it usually gets gets easier. Some people may even have a personal trainer to help them. Mental Health or as I prefer emotional health can be similar, I see myself as someone who can help you process, make sense of and work through issues that may be bothering you. I am a well qualified, experienced, .BACP registered Counsellor/ Psychotherapist. The two terms are considered interchangeable depending on personal preference. . ' This Register is approved by the Professional Standards authority for health and Social Care. Why choose me?
I think one of my strengths is Maturity, I am over 50 which means I have significant life experience. Both in my personal life and previous Work life. I lived in Brighton for 20 years, prior to coming to Cwmbran. I was brought up in a working class environment, until at 17 I moved to Weymouth where I was at a Grammar School. I went to Uni, got married to my childhood sweetheart at 20. I became a Teacher, I then spent 5 years working in a Mental Health Environment, I also did Care in the Community.
In 2009 I began training to be a therapist and qualified in 2014. I am passionate about my work.
I aim to be non-judgemental, Caring and Compassionate. Sitting with you and holding that space for you so you can in some cases literally breathe and reflect why you need or want Counselling.
I believe Counselling offers more than prescription medication, which tends to be a GPs first line of treatment. Counselling should help you to understand WHY you feel 'bad' rather than just addressing the symptoms ( Important as they are ) Though if you are struggling with Prescription Medication I can help.
I did not have an easy childhood, nor was my first marriage easy. I experienced work place bullying in my twenties. I have had depression and anxiety at various times in my life. I know about loss... a miscarriage, a divorce, an unexpected death. I had to work through these situations so know what can possibly help....
In addition I am a mum, a sister, a daughter, a wife...a friend...these relationships come with unique stresses and strains.
I am passionate about helping you to help yourself. I regard myself as caring and compassionate with a good sense of humour. I have been in Cwmbran now for nearly 5 years and in that time have seen several hundred local people. Some just come for a couple of sessions others 6-10 sessions others over 20 sessions. I will adapt the therapy to your needs. Including sessions bi-monthly if preferred.I will answer all enquires within 24 hours.
Client issues have included Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Bereavement, Relationship issues, Low self-esteem,loneliness,Health Worries, The Menopause, Affairs, Miscarriage, Anger Management, Abuse (Including sexual abuse), Significant difficulty with an important relationship...eg. Mother, Father, siblings, Children. Bullying, Workplace issues. Pressure caused by debt. Fears including a fear of death.
I see a lot of Male clients ages 16- 70 . Last year there were 320 suicides in Wales 270 of these were Men between the ages of 21-45. I am passionate as the Mother of sons in helping Men TALK about what bothers them. There are no Male only Counselling groups, whereas there are many Agencies that help Woman.
Of course I am more than happy to work with woman too. ( I just see wounded people Male and Female.)
Training, qualifications & experience
My Qualifications include a BA Hons, a P.G.C.E. a Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
Plus level 2 and 3 Counselling Skills and Theory
I have an up to date enhanced DBS.
As well as being mature and experienced in the school of hard knocks I have a background in working in Mental Health....I believe people are far more than the sum of any diagnostic label I worked for the Charity MIND and have tremendous empathy for those that struggle with poor Mental Health ( Though I prefer the term emotional health to the term Mental. I also for many years worked in Education and am well acquainted with the issues teenagers especially can present.Also I have done Care/ Support work with Vulnerable adults and the elderly including working with dementia. I have worked in An Agency based in Hastings East Sussex, I have worked in an Agency based in Merthyr Tydfil and I have been a School Counsellor. Counselling services include: Anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, loss, conflict, relationships, bullying, illness, disability. anger, trauma abuse ( Both Male and Female ) isolation, loneliness, workplace issues, identity, self worth self esteem. I enjoy working with a range of clients 19 to 90 .
I am bound by the BACP ethical framework.
Training Courses have included Suicide prevention, Domestic abuse, working with equality and diversity. working with relational trauma. Attachment theory. Supporting survivors ( Male and Female of abuse including sexual abuse and rape ) Working with dependence on prescription Medications.
. 'Drop the disorder...A more compassionate approach to Mental Health. I love to learn and see Counselling as a Journey which both the client and therapist embark on. No two Journeys will by nature be the same!
The bacps New Logo is Counselling changes lifes........YOU having nothing to lose and so much potentially to gain.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I prefer the term Emotional distress to Personality disorders. If You feel well enough to engage in Therapy than I am happy to listen to your concerns.
Cost £37.50 concessions available for students, unwaged, O.A.P
Fees negotiable dependent on personal circumstances. I believe Counselling should be accessible to all..
Types of Therapy
60 Minutes face to face short/term or long term
Telephone 1 Hour
Online 45 mins £30
Testimonials ( Not real names )
Anne really listened to me and helped me deal with the pain of losing my Mam I could not talk about it to anyone not even my wife. It took me 2 years to get around to seeing someone. I wished I had spoken to Anne sooner.
Matthew......38 year old Fitter.
Anne helped me to make a difficult decision to get out of an abusive relationship. She helped me to realise I was worth more. All my life I had been told how useless I was. Anne helped me to understand that I needed to value myself more. Thank you Anne.
Carol Health Support Worker age 25
It is so hard to tell anyone you have been sexually abused as a child, especially if you are a Man. No-one believes you. Anne not only believed me but she patiently and empathically listened to me and above all made me understand that it was not my fault.
David University Student aged 22
" A person of worth acknowledges your past, helps you plan your future and unconditionally accepts you just the way you are today in the present" Anne Ford 14/4/2013
I had anger issues, which were affecting my relationships with my wife and Kids. I am grateful to Anne for helping me to understand what was causing me to be angry. Once I understood where the anger came from, I was more able to address it.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon - Fri 9 -12 4-7pm . Sat on request.. Home visiting a possibility. Cost £37.50 Concessions available dependent on finances and personal circumstances please ask..
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|