My name is Anna.
I have an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy for adults and I have attended further training in many areas, such as bereavement, trauma, parenting issues and short-term psychodynamic counselling. I have worked with people of all ages in a variety of settings.
The psychodynamic approach considers how unconscious and past experiences play a part in our current feelings and behaviour. I will not be giving you advice or tell you what to do, but together we will explore the issues that are important for you.
I also have a longstanding interest in meditation, mindfulness and creativity. This is not something I teach, but, if this is of interest to you, this could also be part of what we speak about.
I am a fully accredited member of the BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I adhere to the BACP code of ethics and I am fully insured.
Reasons for seeking therapy are many and varied, but it is probably safe to say that if you are considering therapy, there is something you are struggling with that you wish to be different. You, or someone close to you, might be experiencing anxiety and depression, find relationships difficult, things might have happened in your life that you are finding a challenge to deal with, or you might just have a sense that things could be better.
Exploring these issues can gradually help you to understand your feelings in ways that enable you to live with a greater sense of freedom. Therapy can feel painful and even frightening at times when you allow yourself to look at issues you have struggled with and might have tried to push away and ignore for a long time, or events might have occurred more recently that have affected you strongly. Therapy can help you handle these feelings better and can also enable you to be more open to the good things in your life and free up your creativity.
Counselling and psychotherapy differ in that counselling tends to be shorter term and focused on specific issues, while psychotherapy is a longer-term exploration of wider and more varied issues, depending on what is relevant to you over time. My preference is to work face-to-face rather than online, whenever possible and appointments are always weekly and at the same day and time each week.
If you decide you would like to come to see me, we will use the first session or two to think about what brings you to therapy and to consider whether my way of working is right for you and we decide whether your reasons for coming are better suited for longer term more open-ended therapy, or shorter-term counselling where the number of sessions will be specified at the start.
Appointments are regular and weekly, on the same day and at the same time each week.
The appointments last for 50 minutes and are available on weekdays, between 9am and 7pm.
Fees are charged on a sliding scale, depending on household income and time of appointment:
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