Anouska Longley, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, BSc (Hons) MSc AppDip HBCE
I'm an independent practitioner, a highly skilled Chartered Counselling Psychologist, registered and accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I'm a member of the BPS's Division of Counselling Psychology, the Faculty of Perinatal Psychology and registered as a Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor. I'm a Registered Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC), UK and a member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
I have over 14 years post qualified experience treating common mental health conditions and psychological difficulties which create distress, discomfort and intolerance, resulting from the pressures and demands of daily living such as stress, worry, anxiety and depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm highly skilled at providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), along with Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Psychodynamic Therapy. I will adopt the appropriate therapy model to meet your needs in a brief or longer term capacity.
I've gained extensive experience in specialist psychological assessment and treatment of people across the full range of care settings including inpatient, outpatient, community and primary care within both the NHS and the private sector.
I've worked as a highly specialist psychologist at South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust, The Priory Hospital, Hayes Grove and East London NHS Foundation Trust for over 14 years, gaining extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and groups.
I've lectured at Surrey & Roehampton University on a range of mental health Topics, I also provide clinical supervision and training to psychologists and other health professionals.
My areas of specialist interest and research include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Perinatal Health & wellbeing.
I developed an interest into the birthing process, providing expecting parents with a complete antenatal programme, focusing on a combination of education, hypnotherapy, self-hypnosis & deep relaxation which has proven successful in assisting people to achieve a more comfortable birth, particularly useful for those who feel anxious concerning pregnancy and labour.
I provide Couple Support for expectant or new parents on how to adjust and transition into parenthood.
Within my previous NHS posts, I developed a post-natal depression treatment group, which was extremely successful in managing maternal mood and promoting maternal well-being.
I have worked with women in crisis who have experienced loss and grief as a result of the permanent removal of children from their care.
I have skills and experience of working within crisis management, psycho-social crisis, with self-harm and suicidal behaviours.
I have extensive experience of working with adult and childhood trauma.
I'm an empathic reflective practitioner, adopting a personable and highly professional approach to therapy.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I adhere to NICE Guidelines, providing Disorder Specific Treatments to common psychological difficulties: Depression, Anxiety, Phobias (General & Specific), Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Health Anxiety & Medically Unexplained symptoms; Tokophobia, Perinatal Mental Illness (Ante/Post-natal Depression), Trauma (Adult/Childhood), Adjustment to life events, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social phobia, Eating disorders (including Bulimia Nervosa), Attachment and Personality disorder, Body Image disorders, Physical Health issues and Work-related stress.
Sessions are 50 minutes, face to face, Video or Telephone
I'm registered with most Insurance Companies:
For individual inquiries please contact me.
I have a Post Qualification Certificate in Behavioural Couples Therapy an evidence-based psychological treatment that aims to reduce couple distress and improve specific psychological disorders, such as depression.
BCT is distinct from, but complements, individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) using a range of methods to enhance relationship well-being as well as reduce individual psychological distress.
What you can expect from therapy:
Assessing and conceptualising couple functioning
Identifying cognitive and behavioural factors in couple distress
Developing couple-based interventions
Strategies to regulate emotional experience and expression
Enhancing couple communication skills
Addressing the physical relationship
Everyone’s therapy will be a bit different but typically I will aim to help you and your partner open up the issues that seem to be troubling you both. Together, you will decide on new ways to relate to each other, gaining a greater understanding along the way of your own and your partner’s feelings. Talking openly with your partner about problems for the first time can feel difficult and you may be worried about what others think about you. I will try to get a good idea of what you and your partner are finding difficult in your relationship and how this is affecting you both. You may both be offered a session on your own at the beginning of therapy as some things can be hard to talk about with your partner at first. I may suggest ways for your partner and you to improve your communication and this may occasionally involve some “homework”. Mostly, however, I will be interested in helping the two of you have a conversation finding your own ways to understand and resolve the problems you are having.