Annie Read

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Swindon, SN2
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Making the decision to come to counselling can be quite challenging, so well done for seeking support at this time.  It is important that you find the right counsellor to work with so I offer a free initial 30 minute meeting or telephone call where we can discuss what has led you to seek therapy and how best we can work together.  This will make it easier for you to make a decision as to whether I am the right counsellor for you.

What do I offer?

I provide a calm, confidential, non-judgemental space where you feel safe, supported and listened to, where we can explore together the difficulties that led you to seek counselling.

What is my experience?

I am a fully qualified experienced counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) abiding by their ethical framework.  I work in an integrative way, drawing on person-centred, psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) models. This allows me to find the best way to work with each individual and the issues they bring to counselling. I have experience of working as a counsellor in a variety of settings including:

  • The NHS
  • Secondary schools
  • Further Education colleges
  • Youth counselling agency
  • Addiction agency
  • Bereavement agency

Additionally, I have experience of working with people with mental health issues in various roles.

Who do I work with?

I work with a range of clients, adolescents and adults, who present with a variety of life’s challenges including, but not limited to:

  • bereavement
  • stress
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • panic
  • anxiety
  • loss and grief
  • abuse
  • trauma
  • relationship difficulties
  • self-harm
  • women’s issues
  • personal development

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Cert Ed Bolton Institute
  • Counselling Diploma
  • Accredited Bereavement Counsellor
  • Counselling for Depression
  • Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Group Work Training
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Member organisations

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


Additional information

£50 per 50 minute session

Further information

I offer short-term and long-term face to face counselling, time limited and daytime and evening sessions.  Sessions are usually 50 minutes duration.  (Shift work patterns can be accommodated.) I also offer telephone counselling.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Wheelchair user access
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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Annie Read
Annie Read