Annie Ford. Counsellor BACP (Accred), Dip Counselling, Adv Dip CBT & Supervisor
It takes courage to take that first step to see a counsellor, you may be feeling a bit stuck or perhaps finding life a bit overwhelming right now.
I can offer you a safe, confidential space to work through what is troubling you, to explore what has brought you to this place today.
A calm, discreet, non-judgemental and confidential space, to speak freely and openly. Counselling offers an opportunity to "say it as it is for you" and from there you will develop renewed self-awareness, enhanced resilience and balance with strategies to move forward in your life. Allowing new possibilities to emerge and the changes you want to take place at your pace.
Personal and private issues can be difficult to express to friends and family, our work will help you move towards accepting and supporting yourself without fear of judgement.
With increased self-esteem, you will be able to live more assertively and feel calmer when dealing with challenging people and situations.
With new insight and self-awareness, you will learn how to manage your wellbeing outside the therapy room. Learning to understand your stressors and how they impact on life is empowering.
Alongside my private practice, I facilitate national support groups and wellbeing workshops for Breast Cancer Now and two day evidence based retreats " Living Well" with cancer at a National Cancer Support Centre. I’m also a Counselling Supervisor in Private Practice and for Cruse counsellors a national Charity for Bereavement support.
I am an Accredited Counselling member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
My Counselling Approach
I am professionally trained to use Integrative approaches, incorporating person centred and psychodynamic therapies. I have also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT), EMDR Therapy, Mindfulness and Executive Coaching. I tailor my counselling work to suit each client’s individual needs.
Issues I work with
Overwhelm, feeling sad, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, stress, bereavement, loss and unhealthy relationships. I find the issues clients bring to counselling are as individual and unique as they are. During Covid19 transitions, working from home, relationships, anxiety and loneliness have been issues for many.
I work with life transition, stressors related to health, relationships, weddings, divorce, separation, menopause, becoming a new parent, retirement, relocation to a new area, university life, career or work situations etc.
Next Steps - Costs and Getting Started
Counselling sessions are normally weekly, they can be for short period or longer depending on the work. I charge £40 per session which normally lasts for one hour.
I offer a free introductory session, giving you the opportunity to meet, ask questions as well as explore what you want and how I can help you to achieve that.
I am aware of how stressful that first call can be, our aim is support you to enhance your resilience, I look forward to hearing from you.
I am currently working online during covid and outdoors with risk assessments.
As a Macmillan Nurse and Midwife, I have worked in Womens Health for many years and understand the complexities of settling into new roles, cancer, infertility and loss for individuals and families. As a Coach I have worked with clients experiencing challenges in the work place, dealing with restructuring, bullying and now new ways of working during the Pandemic Covid-19.
1:1 retreat days are available on request, at a retreat centre close to my home office, for individuals or couples dealing with life changing issues. The work is bespoke so please get in touch, if you feel this may support you at this time. Note overnight stays may also be available on request at the retreat centre.
My Counselling Studio is based in Mid Devon between Cullompton and Exeter. I am easily accessible via M5 at Junction 28 or via bus routes directly to my office. Free parking is available.
Covering: Mid Devon, Bradninch, Cullompton, Broadclyst, Pinhoe, Exeter, Whipton, Whimple, Honiton, Kentisbeare, Halberton, Plymtree, Tiverton, Wellington and Taunton.
As an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I adhere to their Code of Ethics, confidentiality and good practice. I have regular Supervision to support my practice and I attend regular professional development and training.
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Training, qualifications & experience
Online Professional Counsellors Certificate - 86 hours of Online training
Diploma in Supervision (NCS accredited Advanced Specialist Training)
Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( CBT) (NCS accredited Advanced Specialist Training)
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
Certificate in managing loss, grief and bereavement in practice
EMDR Therapy Training.
Group Facilitation Certificate - Nationally Accredited Facilitator for 2 Day Living Well with Cancer Residential Retreats. Work includes retreats, support groups and online work.
Adv Diploma in Executive, Business and Life Coaching
Diploma in NLP
Certificate in Mindfulness Training for Health Professionals.
Health Professional Training
Certificate in Faciliation Group Work Retreats and Workshops
Certificate in End of Life Care
MSc Level Leadership studies
Certificate in Clinical Risk Management
ENB Certificate in Advanced Oncology Nursing
RCN Health Management and Leadership programme
ENB Certificate in Family Planning
ENB Certificate in Clinical Supervision
ENB Certificate in Teaching and Assessing
NHS Registered Midwifery Training
NHS Registered Nurse Training.
I currently work in Private Practice from my calm purpose built studio in Mid Devon seeing clients with a range of life issues including anxiety, stress, depression, loss, grief, bereavement and transitions related to work or health i.e. fatigue, fibromyalgia, cancer, MS and HIV etc.
As a Counsellor, I initially trained in Person Centred Counselling using my skills for women in gynaecology, infertility, cancer and familiy planning services in London. Since then I have completed extensive training in Integrative Counselling, Professional Supervision, Coaching, Mindfulness, NLP, CBT and EMDR.
As a Supervisor I currently work with counselling students within placement, qualified counsellors and other professionals who require supervisory support.
As well as private practice, I am part of a national specialist team facilitating wellbeing residential retreats for clients living with cancer and their loved ones. During Covid-19, I currently facilitate national online support groups for women with secondary breast cancer (for a national cancer charity,) I previously carried out the groups in Taunton, Torquay and Bristol.
I have worked professionally in GP Practices, NHS Hospitals , Hospices and Community Health settings as Counsellor, Coach, Clinician (Advanced Nurse Specialist in Oncology and Midwifery) and as a Clinical Supervisor.
In my NHS work, I have managed ranges of support groups including antenatal, postnatal, cancer and long term conditions. I have extensive experience as a Hospice Bereavement Counsellor and currently facilitate support group work for two national cancer charities
At NHS London I have managed and worked as a clinical lead in womens health services i.e. inpatient, outpatients, cancer services and IVF Units as well as being a professional lead at Director level.
- Midwife specialist working with families who have experienced loss of a baby, working collaboratively with GPs, Bereavement Counsellors and SANDs supporting women locally, regionally and nationally.
- Advanced Nurse Practitioner working with women and their partners experiencing miscarriages, infertility and psychosexual issues related to a range of health conditions and trauma.
- Macmillan Nurse in Gynaecological Oncology working with women experiencing a cancer diagnosis and sometimes End of Life care; working collaboratively with The Royal Marsden Hospital, St Georges Hospital, The Portland Hospital and Trinity Hospice in London.
- Health Diversity projects published in national journals (commended in the House of Lords and that work continues in NHS SW London).
- Associate lecturer in Womens Health at Kingscollege London and Kingston Upon Thames Universities.
- Consultancy work for the NHS and the Charity Sector managing wellbeing portfolios of work in London and the South West for staff experiencing change and transition.
I am an Accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their codes of ethics and professional practice.
I belong to a Special Interest Group (SIG) in Coaching with BACP.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with clients adapting to University life, in transition due to a house move or retirement or health conditions as well as issues such as grief, loss, fertility, pregnancy loss, still birth support, miscarriage, menopause, cancer support and with carers coping and burnout.
Workplace issues such as overwhelm, bullying and harrassment.
Farming community issues and wellbeing related to rurality in Devon.
Military and Police work stress or issues related to settling into new area and transition.
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Short and long term therapy is available.
Initial introductory session is free, allowing time to discuss your needs, further sessions cost £40 per hour ( see tarriffs below).
Couples counselling £45 per session - Due to Covid-19 I am unable to see couples at this time.
Supervision £40 per hour
I offer a limited number of concessionary sessions for student counsellors, carers and those on low income.
Please call 07748 523704 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Concessions offered for
I hold full professional indemnity insurance and a DBS checks for my work with SW Charities.
My private practice is in Mid Devon between Cullompton and Exeter with easy access to public transport or by car with free parking.
The Studio is accessible via all number 1 buses from Exeter or via Tiverton.
I am also easily accessible via Cullompton, Whipton, Pinhoe, Broadclyst, Honiton and Somerset towns via M5 or A38 i.e. Taunton and Wellington. I always send/email directions to my studio for clients.
Please email to book an appointment, for further details or questions related to my professional work.
Bespoke Retreat days available for individuals and teams in a wonderful centre in Mid Devon on request.
Transition coaching days also available on request
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