Anne-Marie is an experienced and qualified relationship counsellor. She trained with the Minster Centre and the Relate Organisation and specialises in couple counselling.
I can help with...
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bereavement and loss
- Coping with chronic ill health or chronic pain
- Coping with a terminal illness
- Family issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual problems
Types of client I see
Languages I speak
- Room 1 at Elizabeth House, 39 York Road, London SE1 7NQ
Types of therapy I offer
- Integrative psychotherapy/counselling
I am an experienced and qualified counsellor who works mainly with couples who present various types of issues that are causing problems in their relationship. Having trained with the Relate Organisation I have acquired the necessary tools, knowledge and experience required to work with couples dealing with many diverse and unique problems ranging from conflict and tension, adultery, communication issues, lack of intimacy, sexuality, family pressures, parenting, separation and many other difficulties they may be enduring.
My work involves face-to-face sessions with couples on a regular basis who require the interaction of a trained counsellor to help work through the presenting issues of their relationship. Often the couple has become stuck in what appears to be complex or unsolvable situation and feel they are unable to move forward for various reasons. After an initial consultation and individual session to ascertain the full scope of difficulties the couple is experiencing, a suitable therapeutic approach with an integration of various methods is used to help the couple work through their issues.
The counselling is provided in a safe, non-judgmental environment to encourage the sharing of information to help bring clarity and understanding to the difficulties the couple are experiencing. By the use of various counselling methods, the exploration of different angles and perceptions is encouraged to help foster new possibilities and choices to deal with the issues which have been identified together with the couple.
From an early age I have always been fascinated by the impact that certain events and experiences have had on a person’s life and the way in which they have shaped the understanding, beliefs and behaviours of that individual.
With a desire to learn more about the human psyche, I studied social psychology and sociology at university and pursued a career which entailed counselling many different types of individuals from all walks of life who presented with diverse needs and displayed a host of complex behaviours.
Training and qualifications
- I trained with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) in Workplace Counselling
- Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology
- Masters of Business Administration (Change Management)
In the UK
I trained with the Minster Center and obtained a Level 3 Certificate in Person Centred counselling. I also obtained a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling with the Blackford Centre for Counselling.
I trained with the Relate Organisation and gained a Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling. I have added to this core training by continuing to attend CPD courses run by Relate on a regular basis. I also attend ongoing individual supervision and group supervision each month which is a requirement for all Relate counsellors to ensure that they are being supported and mentored in relation to client issues and practice methods.
Ongoing continuous professional development
Relate provide ongoing courses, workshops and training which I have attended and continue to take part in. I also attend the Relate extended group sessions which are held on a regular basis.
I am partaking in CPD with the Ongoing Professional Development Group for counsellors and psychotherapists (North London) as well as the ongoing CPD provided by the Therapy Rooms group.
Until I began my placement and training with Relate, most of my counselling experience has been in the workplace environment in both the public and private sectors. This entailed providing counselling to individual personnel and groups of staff members in relation to personal matters, work performance, work dilemmas, grievances, workplace changes, redundancy, and employer relations.
My initial experience in counselling commenced many years ago in the capacity of a human resources role. During this time I discovered that there is a greater chance of a person finding an effective resolution to a problem by sharing and discussing them without fear of being judged or being made to feel a failure. This led me to develop the passion to study and train to become a counsellor. Through my studies, training and experience I have come to learn that many people will experience a difficult time in their life and will require support to help them get through this extremely challenging time. With the help of an empathic and understanding counsellor, a person is able to become empowered to deal with the challenges of the situation and find clarity and solutions to the difficulties they are experiencing.
In addition to my counselling at Relate and my counselling in private practice, I volunteer at the hospice at the St John and Elizabeth Hospital in the inpatient unit. In this capacity I assist the hospice medical team in ensuring the comfort, dignity and wellbeing of patients who are terminally ill and their families by talking with patients about their fears and anxieties and providing them with some emotional comfort. I also take part in the hospice befriending programme where I visit elderly members of the community whose partners have passed away in the hospice to provide them with company and some emotional support by giving them the opportunity to speak about their feelings, memories and loved ones.
- Professional Member of National Counselling Society (NCS).
- Affiliate Member of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
Code of ethics
As a relationship counsellor I am required to comply with the code of ethics set by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. The BACP is a professional body which sets standards of ethical and professional practice which counsellors must adhere to.
The NCS provides ethical guidance on the counsellor–client relationship. As a member of the NCS, I am also bound by their code of ethics.
All information and counselling received is held in the strictest of confidence, the only exception being if there is reason to believe that someone is in danger or at serious risk of harm.
If you come with a partner, there may be reason to see you individually at any point. It is important to know that what is said in the individual session will be confidential and will only be shared with the other person if consent is given.
Fees and availability
- Initial couple or individual session – £30
- Couple counselling session – £60
- Individual counselling session – £45
- Students (limited sessions are available during the day) – £30
- All sessions are for 55 minutes
Finding the right counsellor/therapist is an essential part of the success of your counselling. If for any reason either party feels that we are not the right fit, there will be no obligation to continue the counselling after the initial session and I will be happy to recommend another counsellor who may be more suitable for you.
At least 48 hours’ notice is to be given if you are unable to attend the session.