Counselling and Psychotherapy

Anna Gaffney Jones

babcp; mbacp acc

Counselling and Psychotherapy - AnnaLife is often complicated and it can be difficult to understand what you are experiencing. There are times when you might benefit from talking to a qualified and accredited therapist about depression and anxiety symptoms, relationship difficulties and life stages.

I have training in both individual and couples work and have experience of working in the NHS, at Priory Healthcare and in private practice. My consulting room is in South West London, close to transport links and I can offer Skype therapy and supervision sessions.

With BABCP and BACP accreditation and NHS experience, I am compliant with most health insurance.

Why choose Counselling or Psychotherapy?

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Sometimes people struggle for years with anxiety and depression symptoms when it might be that a few sessions with a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist might help you to understand your experience.

By focussing on your cognitions (thoughts, beliefs, images and memories) we can often find the trigger for your difficulties and by becoming aware of your behaviours we might find what is maintaining the problem.

By consulting a qualified and accredited CBT therapist you will find someone who is able to guide you through this process and help you find realistic, alternative options.

If your find yourself at a point in your life where you are struggling to find your place in the world, or have difficulties in your relationships, you might find that another approach is more relevant.

I have training in Person Centred and Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy and will draw on Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassionate Therapy and Behavioural Couples Therapy to help you (and your partner) identify what is important to you.

Identifying your Problems
How might therapy help?

Depression

Depression relates to a low mood or a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities alongside impaired function in social, occupational, educational areas of your life. At least 5 of the following symptoms would be present nearly every day: Most of these can be helped with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

  1. Depressed mood or irritable
  2. Decreased interest or pleasure
  3. Significant weight change (5%) or change in appetite
  4. Change in sleep:
  5. Change in activity:
  6. Fatigue or loss of energy
  7. Guilt/worthlessness:
  8. Poor Concentration:
  9. Suicidality: Thoughts of death or suicide, or has suicide plan.

Note: In an emergency you should speak to your GP, your local NHS Mental Health Crisis Line or call the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital. Do not delay.

Anxiety

Anxiety can be diagnosed in many different ways but the underlying process remains the same. You are overestimating the danger and underestimating your ability to deal with it. Here are some of the Anxiety Disorders:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder where you are worrying about all aspects of your life to the extent that it is affecting your mood and you are unable to manage your feelings of anxiety. This is underlined by a fear of uncertainty.
  • Panic and Phobias where you experience extreme anxiety symptoms in specific situations which has a strong physiological response that you are unable to cope with so you are most likely avoidant.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder where you have intrusive and repetitive thoughts that something terrible will happen and are compelled to carry out rituals or specific behaviours.
  • Health Anxiety where your worries and fears all relate to your health and you might be seeking constant reassurance from health professionals or alternatively, avoiding any contact which can also be problematic.
  • Social Anxiety where your fears relate to how you are seen by others, particularly in a social setting. This is usually accompanied by a specific fear such as shaky hands or blushing and can also trigger Presentation Anxiety where the fear relates to how other people might notice you when you are in meetings or presenting to others.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will give you strategies to help with the feelings of anxiety and set out to help you challenge your fears in a gradual and supportive way.

Trauma

Childhood Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic event in your life such as an accident, assault or difficult childbirth can result in fear, flashbacks, sleeplessness and a poor quality of life if not treated. The CBT treatment for PTSD involves talking about the traumatic event in a particular way so you no longer experience the fear when you are reminded of the experience.

Existential Crisis

Finding yourself with a lack of purpose in your life can result in the depression and anxiety symptoms discussed above. Acknowledging this and finding ways to create meaning and manage change can be a very powerful experience during therapy.

Relationship Problems

As human beings we need to be in relationship in one way or another throughout our lives and this can bring with it feelings of rejection, loss, fear and doubt which manifests in depression and anxiety symptoms. Therapy can help you to become aware of how you connect to others and be responsible for your participation in those relationships.

It may be that it is a very specific relationship that needs attention so Couples Therapy will look at your individual histories to understand what each brings to the relationship. By focussing on specific problem areas such as communication and values it is possible to identify the challenges and make improvements if you are both committed to change.

About me

Counselling and Psychotherapy - About Anna I am an experienced therapist accredited by the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

I currently work for the NHS and in private practice offering a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach for depression, anxiety disorders such as panic, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, impulse disorders and post traumatic stress disorder. Based in Balham/Tooting, I offer an assessment of your psychological difficulties with an individually based formulation and treatment plan.

I believe it is important to establish a secure relationship with clients drawing on my qualifications in Person Centred and Existential Psychotherapy to help you create change in your patterns of thinking and behaving and acceptance of your emotions.

Training, qualifications & fees

My initial training both at City University and Regents University was in Person Centred and Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy and I have completed a PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Royal Holloway University.

Counselling and Psychotherapy - QualificationsMy experience is wide-ranging and eclectic with specific expertise in the managment of Depression and Anxiety. So from an Existential perspective your problems might relate to a lack meaning or purpose in your life. However, using CBT techniques I will be able to focus on how negative thoughts and unhelpful behaviours impact on your feelings both physically and emotionally. Using these and other skills I can help you overcome your difficulties.

I have also completed training in Behavioural Couples Therapy and can work with you and your partner when you are having difficulties in your relationship. Fees from £40 - £90 with some concessions.

Get in touch

Telephone
07931 661989

Email
Click here to send me an email at annagaffneyjones@
counsellingand-psychotherapy.co.uk

Location
SW17 7BE

Resources

The Mood Gym
www.moodgym.anu.edu.au

Living Life to the Full
www.llttf.com

Get Self Help
www.getselfhelp.co.uk

Centre for Clinical Intervention
www.cci.health.wa.gov.au

No Panic
www.nopanic.org.uk

Mindfulness Websites
www.franticworld.com
www.getsomeheadspace.com