Anne-Marie Bradley MBACP Person-Centred Counsellor
Sometimes life can feel too much and we don't know where to turn for help
Whether it feels too big to talk about, or even too small to bother anyone with, if it's making you feel anxious or disrupting your life it may be reassuring to talk to someone who knows how to help.
Through entering this space where you feel understood and accepted you can engage with a process to regain trust in yourself and feel firm on your feet again. Put so simply by a client:
"Anne-Marie had a way of 'getting' me even when I was finding it hard to understand myself. Being heard like this I would find a way back to the strength in me." WJ
Even in our darkest moments we all have this ability.
Clients come to see me about all sorts of things. It could be:
- You're feeling lost and alone following the break up of a relationship or a bereavement;
- You're stuck in a stressful job that makes you unhappy;
- You're in a relationship that chips away at your self confidence;
- You're suffering the effects of a bullying or abusive experience that's left you afraid & angry;
- You're struggling with an addiction;
- You're just feeling isolated, that noone understands you.
Sometimes we can't speak to those most close to us about the things that upset us
We can find ourselves protecting family members, not wanting them to worry.
We could share something so delicate and personal with a friend, just wanting to be heard, and end up feeling emotionally exposed and embarrassed instead.
It's difficult for those who care about us to resist the urge to want to rescue us when we really just want to be understood and given the space to find our own way.
A unique kind of relationship
In my therapy (person-centred approach) I hold the belief that we are already enough and growth comes through becoming more fully you once you remove distractions and the judgements we can place on ourselves through learned beliefs.
- Be accepted
Importantly you will not be judged and so you'll discover a freedom to express those emotions we're not 'supposed' to express. Because of this, when you are ready, you can allow yourself to trust the space more. We will go at a pace that is comfortable for you.
- Be understood
"I felt I could be jumbled up and you could still follow and understand me. What a relief." MM
My sole aim will be to be to stay in tune with how you are feeling and to connect with your experience.
In this way you can move around freely and explore how you are feeling. It's simple, yet it can have a powerful effect. Once you are able to move freely in your experience emotions surface, new understanding emerges and with this movement comes change that allows you to move forward.
- It's your space
"I am always amazed that by simply providing a space for me to unfold without interruption so much can happen." WG
Sometimes you may just want to be silent for a while, you may want to vent some frustration or you may want to share something that you thought you'd never dare share with someone just so you're not holding it on your own. All of these things are possible and that's the beauty of this counselling space.
It can be difficult to take the first step towards therapy so if you have any questions please do get in touch. I'll be more than happy to talk through things if that's easier.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Person-Centred Therapeutic Counselling and I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) ensuring I work ethically with continuing personal and professional development.
The thing I most love about counselling is I get to meet so many different people, to experience the fullness of being human. This lies at the heart of what I do. I have worked with people from diverse cultures, different sexualities, different abilities. Each of us are unique.
I have my private practice at the North London Buddhist Centre near Highbury & Islington underground station. This is a very welcoming place and fits with my interests in Tai Chi, Alexander Technique and Shiatsu that recognise the importance of how we connect as a whole, body and mind together.
I also like to do some voluntary work in my local area. My most recent projects include working with a bereavement service and an addiction recovery service.
I have training with sandtray therapy and felt sense (Gendlin). Both of these provide a means of accessing those emotions or experiences that are hard to talk about. This can be particularly effective when exploring a buried traumatic experience.
And if you are a wheelchair user (the Buddhist Centre is only accessible by stairs unfortunately) then I am open to home visits in my local area, if we can ensure a suitable counselling space. Daytime only.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also help others manage significant changes in their lives, whether this is a career change, redundancy, ending a relationship or bereavement after losing someone important in your life.
These are times when we need to dig deep within ourselves to understand how we have been affected, reassess what we want from life and then take the necessary steps to create a new way of living. This takes courage and drawing on all the support we can around us.
Other areas I work with, not included above, include existential issues around ageing or lacking purpose in your life. Also, gender identity and sibling relationships.
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£50 per 50 minute counselling session.
Some concessions offered for low income or counselling students, daytime only.
My practice is 5 minutes walk from Highbury & Islington underground station (Victoria & Overground lines) and 5 minutes walk from Holloway Road station (Piccadilly Line)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Some French & Italian|
Weekdays (daytime and evenings), Saturday mornings. Home visits for wheelchair users (daytime only)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|