Zoe Anthony BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling MBACP
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) who is pleased to be able to offer you the time and the space to explore the unhappy aspects of your life.
Counselling and psychotherapy is a process of exploration, learning, self-expression and bringing about change. It can help you gain some objectivity and control over confusion and loss of direction which you may be experiencing in life.
There are times when people feel so anxious and depressed they do not know where to turn. It can be a lonely experience trying to disentangle the threads that make up the whole problem. I can help you separate the threads by offering a supportive and non-judgemental environment. This will allow you to experience being truly attended to and heard, so the solutions to problems become clearer.
Although counselling can be a life changing experience, I appreciate it can take a lot of courage to enter into the process. Finding the right therapist is important. An initial consultation will provide us with the opportunity to assess what you require, which will help you to decide if you would like to work with me.
Whatever your reasons for seeking help, the support and challenge of counselling can assist in making connections between the past and present. Discovering and acknowledging your inner processes can help to free swallowed and supressed feelings which can rob natural spontaneity and a zest for life. What you experienced as a child and a young adult, may still be affecting you in ways that are causing you difficulties now. Gaining insight by exploring difficult feelings and emotional pain, will help you to discover more positive ways of coping to better equip you with facing life's challenges. Whilst counselling cannot change the past, it can help you to hope for a better present and future.
My work is influenced by the Humanistic perspective which promotes the capacity for healing and growth primarily within yourself and secondarily within the relationship you have with me. I will help you to explore the ways in which you can have more conscious choice about the way you control and direct your own life. The focus of my work is entirely client driven so you are free to decide on the pace and direction of each session.
My integrative approach allows me to draw from a range of theories, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic and Developmental theories. Therefore sessions can be tailored to suit a wide range of issues.
My role is to listen, reflect, clarify, summarise and highlight themes and recurring patterns of behaviour. CBT can help you move from a 'stuck' place of old patterns of negative thinking to a more compassionate and peaceful relationship with yourself. Psychodynamic and Developmental theories can help you to gain a deeper awareness of unconscious emotional reactions that may relate to unresolved experiences in childhood.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a diploma in Integrative Counselling and a first class BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling.
I gained invaluable experience working with a diverse range of adult clients at Children's Centres in Ipswich. I provided counselling support to adults who live chaotic lives and face hardship on a daily basis. It has opened my eyes to how brave and resilient people can be when faced with adversity. I was pleased to be able to offer clients a therapeutic environment where someone was prepared to listen to them, perhaps for the first time in their lives.
My work at the Children's Centres has allowed me to gain invaluable skills in dealing with unresolved childhood issues which can lead to severe anxiety and depression.
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
Sessions will last one hour and will cost £45. Payable by cash, cheque or Bacs payment.