Augusta Annesley MBACP UKCPregistered
I am an integrative psychotherapist with a particular interest in relational psychoanalysis. This means that I work looking at a person's experiences of the past and childhood and how these impact upon their present relationships. This can illuminate patterns or difficulties which may have formed over time that contribute to finding things hardgoing or bleak. I have a background working in the criminal justice system but I retrained to become a psychotherapist when I found myself increasingly interested in the therapeutic elements of my work as I gained experience proving that the crucible for change lies in the therapeutic relationship. Like other psychodynamic practitioners, I do offer interventions and interpretations as part of my work but working together with the client, in their best interests, is at the heart of what I do.
What is therapy and how can it help?:
Psychotherapy can help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a therapist which provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and non-judgmental. It is also a space to begin to look in detail at psychological processes to gain some understanding of why things may seem difficult, frightening or anxiety provoking. Psychotherapy has a long history of assisting with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety as well as difficulties with relationships, bereavement or anything which can make us feel as though things have become overwhelming and unmanageable.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist from Regents College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology. I am a member of the BACP and a registered member of the UKCP
I have long standing experience working in varied settings including a women's centre where my work encompassed the full range of issues, but also allowed me to develop a specialism working with people with experience of sexual abuse. I also have extensive experience working with addictions and trauma as well as with parents, young people and with couples. I currently work for the NHS in a GP practice.
I work with people who suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, abuse, issues stemming from sexuality, identity, loneliness, bereavement and other psychological difficulties.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My rate is £65 per session for individual therapy and £90 for couples but am happy to have a free preliminary, telephone conversation in order to ascertain whether we can work together and offer an initial consultation to further explore this.