Anne Louise Hodgson
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People seek therapy for many reasons. Sometimes its to address here and now issues, sometimes historic issues and sometimes to gain better self understanding and awareness. Working with an empathic, confidential, and non-judgemental approach, your therapy sessions offer time and space for you to offload and be heard, to explore what has brought you into therapy, help you gain a deeper knowledge of yourself and the opportunity 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 eight years, previously in an NHS GP surgery and a mental health charity and have been in private practice since 2016. 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, 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. This enables you to get a sense of me as a therapist and if you might like to work with me. It also gives me an idea as to whether I feel I can offer you the support you are looking for. At the end of the short call, if we are both agreeable, we will arrange your assessment session.
The assessment session usually lasts around 40 minutes (and no longer than 50 minutes). It enables us to discuss in more detail what you wish to gain from therapy, helps us both gauge if I can offer you the support you are looking for and if we are a good fit. This final point 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 which is a free app 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
I trained and qualified through the Northern Guild of Psychotherapy and Counselling, who liaise closely with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) in setting the criteria for their psychotherapy assessment and qualification.
This criteria includes a mandatory four years of training, assessing, practice and supervision. I undertook and completed my Masters, qualifying as a psychotherapist in 2019 which meant I was in training for six years.
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 practicing for over nine 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.
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
£45.00 for initial 50 minute assessment session
When I work