Anne Louise Hodgson
MSc Psychotherapist and Counsellor, UKCP accredited
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People engage with therapy for many reasons. It may be for support with a life event or challenging period, to explore a particular issue or way of being, or simply to gain a better self understanding. Whatever, your reason for seeking support, your therapy is about you and no one knows you better than you know yourself. Your therapy sessions offer time and space for you to offload and be heard, to explore what has brought you into therapy and help you gain a deeper knowledge of yourself, to make different choices going forward.
About Me: I began training as a psychotherapist in 2013 on a UKCP accredited course. (You can find out more about the UKCP at https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/). I qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor in 2015 and in 2019 achieved my MSc in Psychotherapy and qualified as a psychotherapist. As an integrative psychotherapist, I have an understanding of several theoretical models which gives me a broader scope to better understand and support you.
I have been practicing for over seven years and previously worked in an NHS GP surgery, and a mental health charity. I have had my private practice for over six years. Over the years, I have worked with a wide range of issues and frequently work with anxiety, stress, low mood, low self esteem, bereavement and loss, work and relationship issues and early life trauma.
Counselling or Psychotherapy?: Definitions of both vary depending on the source, so if you haven't already, you might think about doing a little reading around each, to gain a better understanding. As a general guide, counselling tends to be more here and now support and is usually shorter term. Psychotherapy explores your issue and experiences more deeply and tends to be longer term.
If you are unsure about which you think would be most suitable for you, we can have a chat to help you decide.
Beginning therapy: After getting in touch with me, I will have a quick chat with you over the phone about your needs, then if you wish, we will arrange your first session. This session is the assessment session which will usually last around 40 minutes (and no longer than 50 minutes). It enables us to discuss in more detail what you wish to gain from therapy and helps us gauge if I can offer you the support you are looking for and if we are a good fit. This is important, as feeling comfortable with your therapist can have a significant influence on the outcome of therapy. All subsequent sessions from this point will be 50 minutes long.
Online sessions: Sessions are undertaken via VSee or Zoom; which are free apps that you simply download. Feel free to contact me if you have any particular concerns about working online and I'll be happy to discuss these with you. Emails are sent to you via Protonmail which is a more secure form of communication.
Work undertaken: direct referrals, EAP, ad hoc business, insurance.
Taking the first step into therapy may feel daunting, so if there's anything you want to discuss, just call, text or email me. You can also find more information or arrange an appointment via my website.
"I'm waiting to listen when you're ready to talk".
Training, qualifications & experience
My training and qualifications were undertaken at Northern Guild of Psychotherapy and Counselling with criteria set in conjunction with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).
This criteria included a mandatory four years of training, assessing, practice and supervision. This was extended by an additional two years as I undertook and completed my Masters, qualifying as a psychotherapist in 2019.
Undertaking such a thorough training, assessment and qualifying process demonstrates that I have achieved a standard, nationally recognized by the UKCP. You can find out more about the UKCP at https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/about-ukcp/
MSc in Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
I have been practasing for over six years and have worked in a GP practice, mental health organisation and private practice which I set up over five years ago. I have worked with a wide range of issues in both the short term and long term.
If there's anything you want to know specifically about my training, qualifications or experience, just get in touch.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£52.00 per session
£40.00 for initial 50 minute assessment session
When I work