Anne-Marie Bignell

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Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1BD
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, and welcome to A2B Counselling. I am a BACP accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor working with individuals,  in-person from my practice in central Stroud and online (via Zoom).

There can be times in anyone’s life when they can just feel stuck or have a sense that they have lost their way in the world, and just can’t find their true pathway. Searching for a helping hand whilst being unsure exactly what it is that they need. Leaving questions unanswered, and emotional pain that just does not go away. Does this sound familiar? 

I can work with you to help you find a way that suits you. Exploring what makes up your unique human spirit, working together through the conscious and unconscious processes that have made and make you who you are. 

Knowing ourselves is powerful, it gives us an insight into why we tend to respond and behave in unhelpful, unhealthy ways in specific circumstances. It is also a solid step towards understanding more and reacting better to other people and situations with a clear mind. 

I believe that the relationship you build with your therapist is far more important than the modality of counselling used. Will you feel safe enough to delve deep into what is holding you back or keeping you stuck in unhelpful patterns of behavior?

I value building trusting, safe, confidential client relationships which will provide us with valuable insight into unconscious patterns of thinking and behavior. Instinctive reactions instilled in childhood, which may prove problematic today, that once understood, can be gently challenged together. 

I practice in-depth psychodynamic counselling which can uncover changes that you may wish to make. With understanding and emotional coaching, I can go on to help you to make those positive changes, working towards a more balanced, healthy and satisfying life. 

I trained in psychodynamic counselling, and have experience working with depression, anxiety, domestic abuse, bereavement, family and relationship difficulties, alcohol problems, anger, self-esteem and confidence issues. I have a particular passion for, and interest in, abandonment issues caused through early separation and loss, for example early grief or boarding school syndrome.

I also work with businesses to support staff wellbeing and am experienced in working with senior management teams and individuals on workplace stress, time & change management and personal development.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Institute of Leadership & Management Level 5


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding school syndrome

Therapies offered


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer open-ended work with regular reviews. If we agree to work together, there will be a counselling agreement for you to sign which will offer you all the terms of our work, e.g. how and when to make a payment, what we do about holidays and missed sessions, etc

Further information

Following initial contact via email or phone, I offer a no charge 20-minute phone conversation where you can tell me what is bringing you to therapy. If we are both in agreement, I would then offer you a 50-minute assessment session. This can be online or face-to-face and is chargeable at £50.

A2B Counselling Services, Chedworth House, 8 Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1BD

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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