I have been practising as a therapist and coach since 2001, having trained at the London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy. My desire is to help you reach a greater level of self-understanding and self-mastery, so that you are able to fulfil more and more of your true potential.
This kind of therapy is most beneficial for intelligent and analytical people, who are interested in understanding their motivations. It is particularly useful in helping successful people fine-tune their responses, so that they may fulfill their emotional, intellectual and professional potential.
I have years of experience helping people unravel the impact of serious psychosexual and emotional trauma. I have also worked with people coping with the process of drug withdrawal, and particularly welcome approaches from those tapering prescription drugs such as the Benzodiazepine group.
There are certain circumstances where a person may understand their predicament very well, so analysis is not required. However they may really need a supportive environment in which they can express difficult emotions. In those situations I can provide safety and understanding, so people can feel free to express any frustration, grief or rage. This may be particularly helpful for people experiencing drug withdrawal symptoms.
I have over ten years of experience conducting online therapy sessions, ensuring that they are every bit as effective as face-to-face sessions. Many report that their experience is enhanced by being in the comfort of their own home.
Traditional therapy emphasized uniformity, regularity and emotional distance. However, people often prefer a more egalitarian and flexible approach, where they are free to book sessions when they wish, or take a break. Emotional growth is not a neat or linear process, and therapy should reflect this.
I use the word 'philosophy' loosely, to refer to our world view. It can be helpful to explore this so that you can make any adjustments you deem necessary. While the basis of my approach is philosophical, the practice is personal. Your thoughts and feelings will always be central to our conversation, which can then be broadened out to incorporate a wider context.
The 'locus of control' is the degree to which a person feels they are responsible for their own life. Having a strong locus of control is clearly useful, but should not preclude being objective about our cultural influences. I encourage people to evaluate the impact of these influences, with a view to reinforcing those they find useful - and working to mitigate those that are not.
I've always been ashamed of my background, but Anna is not only a very caring and friendly person, but also completely unshockable. She was never fazed by anything I said. I think that is what I will always most appreciate. Many thanks and highly recommended.
I took the definitive step to work on myself with Anna in 2011, having tried different counsellors prior to starting on this journey with her. She is amazingly adept at what she does; she is a truly gifted coach, who helps me with uncovering my strengths, facing up to my demons, and being open and listening to different perspectives. As a testament to how well it has gone for me, we now speak intermittently. I highly recommend working with her; by far, my best investment.
I started seeing Anna when I was in the depths of a prescription drug withdrawal from benzodiazepines.
She explained that she had previously been through her own trauma and suffering as a result of choices she didn't know better from and that she was familiar with the Jordan Peterson story. I immediately felt heard. I felt safe. She believed me. I was validated. I wasn't told that I had an 'anxiety disorder' or told to 'think positive'. I was just able to be me, to be vulnerable and held even though she was across the ocean. Anna taught me resiliency and coping strategies and she was always patient and accommodating with me as I consistently mixed up our meeting times (because heck in WD let's face it our minds are not as sharp). Anna I am so grateful to have met you. You always made me feel cared for as a person not just as a therapist's patient. And for anyone reading this going through psychotropic drug withdrawal... This is not the end for you.. hope is there. You will make it. Anna thank you for holding my hand on the way to the finish line.
I was struggling to cope with a very demanding job when I was put in touch with Anna by a friend. The stress I was under manifested in a tremendous amount of anger; I must have been unbearable for my colleagues as I was constantly on edge and completely intolerant of any mistakes. Anna helped me to become considerably calmer and more reasonable. What is even better, I have been able to let go of the ridiculous expectations I had of myself, and other people, which were making me miserable. Now all my relationships have improved.
I never considered going to see a therapist until a friend of mine started talking to Anna, and found it really useful. The most important benefit of our work together has been the greater degree of self-understanding I have now. I used to find it very difficult to motivate myself, and I would always procrastinate if there was something important to get done. I can’t say that I have completely stopped this, but generally I’m much less of a ditherer than I have ever been!
I'd always considered myself to be the kind of person who did not need outside help, and so I started working with Anna with a considerable degree of reluctance. This rapidly abated when I began to experience the benefits of devoting time to working on myself. I initially felt overwhelmed by all the issues I needed to explore, but we were able to chip away at things until they felt more manageable. Now I'm in a much better place, and only need the odd session to top me up from time to time.
I have had therapy before, but I'm particularly grateful for the work I've done with Anna. I never felt as if I was just another client; she went out of her way to help me and never cut me off at the nominal end of the session in an abrupt way, which I had routinely encountered from other practitioners. That always meant a lot to me, as it can be hugely discouraging and painful to have to shut things down when it has taken time for them to come up to the surface. Highly recommended!
Online therapy appointments to suit different time zones. Evenings and weekends available.