Thank you for taking the time to look through my website. I practice therapy by using an integrative style. My practice has a strong person-centred foundation but I incorporate SFT, CBT and DBT skills and techniques, depending on the specific needs of the client in any particular moment. The initial 30 minute consultation is free and there is no obligation to continue. What is counselling? Practice Locations:
My name is Anna and I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. I offer counselling sessions in my quiet, conveniently located rooms close to Cheshire Oaks and in Hoole, Chester.
BA (Hons), PgDip. Registered Member MBACP
Feel free to browse through the tabs to find out more, if it’s easier or if you have any concerns, questions or would just like to book an initial consultation, call or email me for an informal chat on 07544094617 or email@example.com.
I would firstly like to say a little bit about me which I hope will be useful to you.
I am a therapist and a down to earth human being who loves nature, reading and exploring new information online. My friends describe me as a compassionate, supportive person with a good sense of humour
I am very fortunate to work with clients from a variety of backgrounds, ages and cultures as they bring numerous different issues to therapy. I offer each individual an accepting and respectful environment where they have time and a non-judgemental space to think about things in a different way.
In that environment, they can focus on their goals or changes they would like to make and through our therapeutic relationship, grow towards a positive sense of wellbeing.
My personal experiences have led me to appreciate the power of counselling and come to realise my desire to contribute to a journey of personal growth in others. Having experienced my own ups and downs I understand that we can sometimes feel too overwhelmed or embarrassed to make the first step and seek professional help.
My approaches and personal study
Having qualified from the University of Salford BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, I use a range of counselling approaches that are tailored to meet the needs of individual clients. We are all unique and I believe that there is no single approach that would work for each client and his situation. My practice has a strong humanistic foundation but I integrate other modalities into it which include Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). You can find out more about what each of these approaches are in the ‘FAQ’s’ tab.
My approach to counselling draws on my experience of working successfully with a range of clients in various settings. This has included working within charitable organisations, CAMHS or drug and alcohol service providers.
• Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Post Graduate level 7 at University of Salford.
• Certificate in Counselling Skills by Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) level 2.
• BA (Hons) in German at Angelus Silesius State School of Vocational Education in Walbrzych.
• Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children with the Place2Be.
Other training & CPD
Level 3 Certificate in Solution Focused Practice
Treating Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) & Panic Attacks
Essential Skills Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
DBT Suicide Protocol for Assessing and Managing Risk in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Introduction to Gestalt therapy
Transactional Analysis – 101
Understanding the impact of childhood sexual violence; responding to disclosures and supporting the survivors of sexual violence
CBT module via Salford University
Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling
Your Inner Child Workshop
Understanding Dissociative Disorders
Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice
The Rewind Technique
Professional Affiliation and Assurances
I am a Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which is the largest association in the UK and provides clear and robust professional standards and ethical guidance for counselling professional practice. You can find out more about this organization here www.bacp.co.uk
I hold an enhanced DBS check, attend regular supervision and am committed to ongoing training for continued professional development.
My practice is protected by Professional Indemnity Insurance.
In my opinion there is no single approach that would work for each client and his situation as we are all unique individuals. For me it is about working with the client and assessing how they receive the approach that is presented to them rather than following a certain model just because others found it useful.
My aim is to empower and provide you with a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to talk in which you can explore your feelings, dreams, ways of thinking and own patterns of behaviour. In that space, you will be able to become more aware of your needs, goals and work towards a journey of self-discovery.
I don’t give advice or tell you what you should think or do as I believe that you have all your answers within you.
I am there to support you safely in your own "here and now" to help you find them. You will know when our work is completed when you overcome your difficulties and move on in life.
I offer a free 30minute consultation in which we will have an opportunity to discuss what has brought you to counselling, what I can offer you and also talk about what you would like to achieve. We will have a chance to get to know each other and go through some contract basics too. It may take some time for you to reach a decision about starting counselling or you might know that this is the right thing during the first consultation. Either way, if we both feel that we can work together and you feel comfortable with me as your counsellor, we can agree on a specific day and time to meet.
I offer short term (6-12 sessions) and long term (open ended) therapy where the sessions are scheduled weekly without any specific end date. The number of sessions dedicated to overcoming your difficulties depends on your needs, goals and requirements. Individual weekly sessions usually last 50minutes. It is important that you arrive on time as the sessions cannot overrun.
Some of the issues that I can help with include:
• Sexual or physical abuse
• Suicidal thoughts
• Substance issues
• Relationship and family difficulties
• Bereavement and loss
• Personal growth
• Self-esteem or low self-worth issues
£45 for individual counselling sessions (depending on the circumstances).
£50 for couples counselling sessions.
Please enquire about evening or weekend sessions.
Each session will last up to 50 minutes.
Fees are to be paid a week in advance at the beginning or end of each session via cash or Bacs.
Cancellation of appointments is to be given within 24 hours notice. If a session is missed without notification the full fee will be charged.
FAQ's and useful links
Counselling is a therapeutic process that provides an opportunity to explore your inner thoughts, feelings and any difficulties that you are experiencing. You can use your therapeutic space to gain a better understanding of yourself, establish goals or simply offload any stress.
How can counselling help me?
Counselling can help to make sense of what is going on in your own head when you struggle to understand the way you think, behave or the world surrounding you. It can be a great relief to feel listened to without being judged by someone who is uninvolved. As a counsellor, I won’t try to ‘fix’ you but instead will accept you for who you are. I believe that you are the expert in your own life who holds the resources that can lead to positive ways of managing life.
How long will counselling last?
There is no specific fixed number of sessions that you will need. I provide regular counselling reviews for both short term and long term work in which we will go over what you are getting out of our time together. You will know when our work is completed when you move on life and reach your own, unique goals.
What if I am running late for a session?
You can either phone, text or email me if you are running late. However, I will not be able to make up for the time lost and our session cannot overrun your finishing time.
Things discussed by you in our sessions are confidential and will remain between me and you. We will talk about this in more detail during the initial consultation where we will also go through a confidentiality agreement. I see my supervisor on a regular basis to ensure I work effectively and ethically however, I will always make sure your personal details remain anonymous. I would have to breach confidentiality if I felt there was a risk of harm to yourself or others, but I would always discuss this with you first.
Is your practice accessible for people with a disability?
It might be difficult for those with physical disabilities to access the room as there is no lift to the first floor. Counselling can be arranged in an alternate location in special circumstances. Please let me know if you have any other needs around accessibility.
Person-Centred Therapy (PCT)
In PCT the client is seen as an expert and an active agent in his or her life. In this type of therapy the therapist is an empathic listener who trusts his clients in finding their own, unique answers. He helps them to develop a greater sense of self-awareness in a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere. The three core conditions (Empathy, Congruence and Unconditional Positive Regard) are the basis of the therapeutic relationship through which the clients learn to reach self-healing and accept themselves.
You can find more information here: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/person-centred-therapy.html
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
This type of therapy focuses on solution building rather than exploration of the problem or problem solving. It explores the client’s strengths, current resources and the hopes that they have for the future rather than dwelling on their weaknesses or limitations. In the SFT the past is not as important as the present and the future. Here, the counsellor is a tool to help the client to achieve their gaols, visualise change and help them move forward.
You can find more information here: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/solution-focused-brief-therapy.html
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on how your thoughts and beliefs affect your feelings and behaviour. It encourages clients to take actions towards creating a nurturing environment for themselves and also teaches them coping skills for dealing with various problems.
You can find more information here: http://www.counsellingdirectory.org.uk/cognitive-behavioural-therapy.html
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a type of a cognitive behavioural treatment that could be beneficial for individuals with extreme emotional sensitivity. This type of therapy invites clients to learn and practice mindfulness skills together with other highly effective affect regulation skills. The skills that are taught are effective with helping people to manage their distress, behaviour, emotions and relationships.
You can find more information here: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/dialectical-behaviour-therapy-dbt/#.WDL3mYXXJN4
Stanlaw Abbey Business Center, Dover Drive,
Ellesmere Port, CH65 9BF
1B Law Street, Hoole,
Chester, CH2 3AT
If you’d like to book an initial consultation or want to have an informal chat about my services, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on 07544094617. I’ll be back in touch within 24 hours.
Just remember that because of what I do I am not always able to answer. Please leave a message or text with your name, number and a good time to speak and I will get back to you as soon I can.
I work from two comfortable locations, conveniently located close to a number of bus routes.
There are a number of free parking spaces within 50 yards of each building, with on street parking outside of the Stanlaw Abbey Business Centre.
Thank you for taking the time to look through my website.
I practice therapy by using an integrative style. My practice has a strong person-centred foundation but I incorporate SFT, CBT and DBT skills and techniques, depending on the specific needs of the client in any particular moment.
The initial 30 minute consultation is free and there is no obligation to continue.
What is counselling?