Tara Anderssen

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MBACP and MUKCP
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Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT2
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About me

I am an Integrative, Transpersonal psychotherapist and counsellor. I have been working in private practice and in the voluntary sector since 2003. I am a registered member of BACP and UKCP. 

I work online, and have a private practice in Kingston upon Thames providing in-person sessions to adults  and counselling students around a wide range of issues.

All of us have experienced some element of abandonment and mis-attunement in our lives, and sometimes, we are faced with circumstances that obstruct our attunement to our own needs. "In therapy we reframe this by seeing ourselves not only as wounded by our parents but also as parented by our wounds. There is an affinity between wounding and healing, but it takes work to turn the affliction of wounding into a healing potential. Some of the work of therapy involves honouring our symptoms, not fixing or eradicating them, but to come into a different relationship with our suffering and grief." (Transformation in Troubled Times)

How I work: I use a broad range of therapeutic approaches, which means that to the best of my ability, I seek to develop a way of working with you which is especially designed for you, to facilitate the transformation you yearn for. The approaches I draw from I draw especially from Humanistic, Relational, Psychodynamic, Existential, Jungian, Archetypal and Transpersonal approaches, In Psychoanalytic work the emphasis is on how past patterns repeat themselves, and also can transform themselves, in the present. Existential and Jungian approaches offer specific methods to relieve the manifestations of particular difficulties. Transpersonal practice draws from that creative renewal for living, from dreams, myths, creative mediums and imagination to address issues about ‘way of life’, which can have a surprising impact on specific life difficulties. Or, we may explore transpersonal matters such as meaning, calling, soul, ecology and the more-than-personal. Integrative psychotherapy draws from the wisdom of the psyche and its creative and integrative functions to widen perspective, release feeling, to address deep-rooted emotional concerns, to increase self-awareness, and to open doors to new life possibilities. Depth psychotherapy uses approaches that facilitate the exploration of the underlying, repressed, and unconscious motives and patterns that may have been directing your life, and influencing your thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and relationships beneath your conscious awareness. Uncovering these hidden motives can be healing and life-affirming, and can help in developing emotional resilience.

How Therapy Can Help: Therapy can provide a space that is specially dedicated to you. You may be coming to therapy for the first time, or you may wish to reengage with therapy. You may be looking for therapy for yourself or for someone you care about. Some people come into therapy simply to support themselves in their lives, and to have a place where they are free to ‘feel and think out loud’, and to facilitate their personal and creative development. Whatever your individual reasons are for coming to therapy; I am here to support you to explore your life circumstances and to gain deeper insights into the difficulties you are experiencing in a safe and containing way.

My training enables me to foster and maintain deep and sustained emotional contact, and a supportive relationship that empowers and embraces difference and diversity. You will be welcomed in your individual diversity, race, class, gender, neurodiversity, and spiritual/religious/sexual orientation in a respectful and professional way.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling 

Post-diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapy 

Experience:

Since 2003, I have worked with clients from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression and loss of meaning, bereavement and loss, abuse, trauma, chronic shame, dissociation, Anger, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, isolation and withdrawal, difficulties involving difference, discrimination and marginalisation, life transitions and creative self-discovery.

I have experience of working therapeutically with more complex issues, such as PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Institutional Abuse, with neuro-diverse clients, counselling students and artists.

Professional Development Training:

Pan London Drug Misuse Training for Primary Care: Health Promotion and Disease Management

Working with Somatisation and Trauma - Body Psychotherapy 

Working Therapeutically With The Body 

Working with Trauma and Dissociation in Clinical Practice

Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities

Institutional Abuse – Its Causes and Effects

Attachment Theory and Learning Disability

·Mental Health and People with Learning Disabilities

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.

BACP
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

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life transitions, support for the end of life, spiritual crisis and emergence, post-trauma resilience, soul loss and loss of meaning, and institutional abuse.

Fees

£60.00 - £80.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Counselling sessions for individuals are 50 minutes long. I also have a limited number of concessions for those on low-income and for students (Online and telephone sessions only); please contact me to enquire about availability.

I work from private offices located in Kingston upon Thames. In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, I also offer online and telephone counselling sessions. Please email me if you would like to know more about how online therapy works. 

I work with clients from Kingston upon Thames, and the surrounding Surbiton, Norbiton, Richmond, Sheen, Hampton, Twickenham and Putney areas. 

Online and telephone sessions are £60 per session, and face-to-face sessions are from £75-£80 per session

I offer a free 15-minute telephone appointment. Feel free to arrange an introductory telephone session if you have any questions about how counselling works.

Please contact me by email or by telephone if you would like to arrange an initial assessment session, during which time, we can explore the issues you are struggling with, your reasons for coming to therapy, your hopes and fears, as well as exploring how we can best work together. This enables you to see whether therapy can be beneficial.

Note: I have a cancellation policy, please contact me if you would like to know about my cancellation policy. 

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Further information

I offer a free 15-minute telephone appointment. Feel free to arrange an introductory telephone session if you have any questions about how counselling works.

Please contact me by email or by telephone if you would like to arrange an initial assessment session, during which time, we can explore the issues you are struggling with, your reasons for coming to therapy, your hopes and fears, as well as exploring how we can best work together.  This enables you to see whether therapy can be beneficial.

I offer weekly sessions on an open-ended basis. Depending on your needs and circumstances, we can assess the length and frequency of sessions together. 

Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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