I have been practising as a therapist and coach since 2001, during which time I have also been a lecturer, online teacher, workshop convener, mentor, surrogate mother, carer, partner, sister, daughter.. and friend. 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 looking to eliminate the residual impact of past negative experiences. I have spent years helping successful people who wish to fine-tune their behaviour, to ensure that they fulfil their emotional, intellectual and professional potential.
Although it is not always required, it can be helpful to examine specific painful and traumatic experiences, in order to resolve residual feelings of guilt, fear and hopelessness. I am experienced in helping people explore traumatic events, and tools such as hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are particularly useful for this.
Although many people simply prefer to talk, hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are powerful techniques that can be easily tailored to the individual person. They are particularly helpful for those dealing with underlying trauma, which would probably be resistant to a rationalised, cognitive approach. I like to teach people to use these tools themselves, to increase the sense of independence and agency.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has seen many therapists moving their practice online. I have over ten years of experience conducting online therapy sessions, and ensuring that they are every bit as effective as face-to-face sessions. Many people report that, despite having initial misgivings, their experience is enhanced by being able to speak to a therapist from the comfort of their own home. Moreover, there is no reduction in therapeutic flexibility; if I can see your face, I can hypnotise you effectively, whilst EFT is easily taught and used during online sessions.
Traditional therapy emphasised uniformity, regularity and emotional distance. However, people respond better to a more egalitarian and friendly approach, and need the flexibility that online therapy provides, in these hectic times. For this reason you are free to book as few or as many sessions as you wish, and to take breaks when you choose, and I will actively encourage this as potentially highly beneficial. Emotional growth is not a neat or linear process, and therapy should reflect this.
We all have a philosophy which informs all our attitudes and beliefs. The point is to explore the network of ideas that inform your world view - 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 will then be broadened out to incorporate a wider context. You do not need any interest in, or knowledge of, academic philosophy, to benefit from this approach.
Psychologists refer to the 'locus of control' - the degree to which a person feels they are responsible for their own life. It is clearly useful to have a strong locus of control, but that 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.
Historically, therapy has been regarded as inherently hostile to spiritual beliefs - no doubt because each offered competing visions of humanity. Philosophical online therapy takes a different approach; religious beliefs, as rich depositories of ancient wisdom, can yield tremendous emotional benefits. People of all faiths and none will be engaged with entirely on their own terms - the point of the work is not to change your beliefs, but to help you be true to them.
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 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!
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This is a video I made for the channel of the ex-BBC journalist Anna Brees, discussing the need for a wider understanding of psychopathy as a politico-cultural problem.