Anne Jennings MClin Sci, BPC Registered Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
I am a highly experienced and intensively trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist,registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council . I work in both private practice and in the NHS, with people seeking emotional and psychological help for symptoms of depression, anxiety and low self esteem. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be particularly effective in getting to the deeper layers of what can feel wrong, both on the inside as well as on the outside of the person, for example, within close relationships, work or study.
As well as helping those who may experience an underlying sense of sadness, frustration or dissatisfaction, psychotherapy is also suitable for those who want to understand themselves better and perhaps develop their capacities and strengths in order to achieve their potential, or work more effectively with others themselves.
There may be major life adjustments such as relationship breakdown, illness, bereavement or other losses to cope with. Sometimes emotional problems may be linked to a variety of physical symptoms which cause worry. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can help people to explore the more hidden or unconscious aspects of how they relate to others and how they see themselves.
The work takes place in a reliable and confidential setting in which the psychotherapist tries to help the person to reach a fuller understanding of their own particular difficulties. To do this, the therapist listens attentively, and aims to make helpful observations about unhelpful repeating patterns of feeling and behaviour. These may come to light within the therapeutic relationship itself where they can be thought about . This process can help the person find new ways of dealing with emotional distress and perhaps to feel that more choices are available to them going forward.
Following an initial short telephone discussion about an individual's particular needs, an initial face to face assessment appointment may be offered, so that there is a chance consider more fully if psychotherapy might be of likely help. Sometimes one or more follow up sessions are offered if more time is needed to work out the best plan going forward.
Sessions are provided regularly and frequently each week in order to give enough space , support and continuity for the work to take place. This may involve one to five 50 minute sessions per week. Generally psychoanalytic psychotherapy is 'opened ended', which means that an ending date is not set at the beginning. This allows each person to have the necessary time in psychotherapy for the best prospect of help. All of this would be discussed within the initial meeting, taking individual needs into consideration. When the ending is right to think about, a joint plan is made for this very important phase of the work.
Occasionally, at the beginning, an extended assessment of 4-6 sessions is offered. This might be to help someone form a much better understanding of their difficulties, though they may not be ready to engage in ongoing psychotherapy at this point in time. It may also be concluded that other forms of help besides psychotherapy are more appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Clinical Science in Psychotherapy. University of Kent.
Member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. [BPC Registered Adult Psychotherapist]
I am also a Highly Specialist Adult Psychotherapist within the NHS and a member of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£75 for an initial assessment meeting [up to 90 mins]
£60 per session thereafter [50 mins]
A reduced fee may be offered if this would enable someone to attend a greater number of sessions per week. Please feel welcome to ask about this.
I offer training psychotherapies for some psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy organisations.
I am a qualified and experienced clinical supervisor and can offer small group supervisions as well as individual supervisions.
I teach periodically on the Psychotherapy Today Introductory Course at the BPF [British Psychotherapy Foundation] and on the National Psychotherapy Training [BPF in conjunction with Exeter University]
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My consulting room is on the second floor. Assessments only can be offered in a wheelchair accessible building close by.
early morning, daytime and some evening appointments may be offered
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer clinical supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists who work with psychodynamic or psychoanalytic approaches, or who have an interest in this way of working.View supervision profile