Anne Griffiths MBACP (Accred.) Counselling/Supervision
Both new events and long-term problems can leave you feeling anxious or depressed. While it can be hard to cope alone with any emotional issues, talking to family and friends is not always easy. I provide a safe space in which we can explore together and find a way through.
Everyone feels confused, unhappy or anxious at times. Events such as bereavement, unemployment, relationship issues, illness or a crisis in life can bring up strong feelings and provoke depression, anxiety and a loss in self-confidence. Or you may simply find yourself at a cross-roads in life, and want to take stock - to heal from past experiences and to face the future with confidence.
I have supported people, aged from their 20's to 80's, through a wide variety of concerns, from childhood trauma to end-of-life issues. I have many years of experience in counselling in a variety of settings. I am both registered and accredited with the BACP, a professional body which requires high standards of work and an ethical practice.
I offer both open-ended and time-limited counselling, working principally psychodynamically (looking at the whole person, and acknowledging that events in the past can still colour the present). I also incorporate aspects of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) where appropriate. At our first meeting, we can explore together which feels most suitable for you. Generally, time-limited counselling is more appropriate to deal with a specific issue, while open-ended counselling allows us to explore a wider range of issues. I work at the Cheltenham Mediation and Therapy Rooms, close to the High Street and near bus routes and car parks. In exceptional circumstances, I may come to your home.
Please note that I do not provide a detox service, and if you are seeking help with a drug or alcohol addiction I would ask you to seek more specialised help for now. However, after at least 6 months abstinence, counselling can be useful to explore how the addiction developed and to help maintain recovery. I have experience of the 12-Step programme approach.
Please email me if you are uncertain about whether counselling is for you at the moment or if you have further questions, or visit my web page at annegriffiths.co.uk
I have undertaken further training with Robin Shohet (of CSTD in London) and also supervise other counsellors. I work within a largely psychodynamic framework, using the 7-eyed model of supervision, but am open to other modalities.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully-qualified and experienced psychodynamic counsellor, with a WPF Diploma in Counselling through Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS), in conjunction with the University of the West of England (UWE).
I have Certificates in Time-limited Counselling and CBT (GCS).
I have previously worked for several years with the Family Bereavement Support Team at a hospice in Hertfordshire.
As well as being on the National Register of competent counsellors held by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I have also met the rigorous standards they set for Accredited members.
I work to the BACP Code of Ethics, respecting Equal Opportunities and Data Protection.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Physical ill-health can impact on emotional well-being, and emotional dis-ease can also affect bodily health. This may be the diagnosis of a new condition, whether due to illness or to an accident, long-term physical health and abilities (including the loss of function or sensation, such as dysosmia) or dealing with chronic illness of long-standing.
You may be concerned about your own health or that of others, perhaps due to the growing frailty of parents, or a diagnosis of cancer in a friend. The birth of a baby with a disability or illness can cause a variety of mixed feelings. Increasing age and changes in the stage of life - at any age, and whether concerning yourself or others around you - can also bring mixed feelings.
It may be helpful to talk things over in confidence with someone outside the situation, but who has understanding and experience of such matters. I will support you as you make sense of what is happening in your life, and find your way through to a new understanding.
Sessions cost £40, subject to annual review.
If you are on benefits or otherwise unable to pay the fee, reductions can be negotiated.
I counsel in English, but I understand and speak French well, should this be relevant to our work.