Introducing Leeds Counsellor at Avoca Counselling

Hi I’m Annie and Leeds Counsellor is my Twitter name.  I am a qualified and registered counsellor, accredited psychotherapist, experienced Couples Counsellor and a Supervisor of counsellors, teachers and health workers. I am a reflective practitioner and I attend supervision regularly for more than the minimum amount of time stipulated

Why Leeds Counsellor Wants to Give Back to Society

Because I turned to counselling for support with a number of life difficulties,  including bereavement and various losses, betrayal, abuse, depression, workplace difficulties,  I became fascinated by how helpful it was.  Gradually, I learned not to feel responsible for so much and got a better sense of myself and my identity. Consequently learning resilience and my future became clearer.  Eventually I decided to study counselling, become well-qualified and to help people by offering therapy in my own right.

“I remain indebted to my therapist and the warm working relationship she formed with me, which, was so healing and motivating.  I want to give something back to society by offering similar counselling experiences.”

Qualifications and certifications of @LeedsCounsellor Annie:

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (M.B.A.C.P.).  Accredited Psychotherapist with the UK Council of Psychotherapists (U.K.C.P.). Qualified to Post-graduate Masters level in Person-centred Psychotherapy and Counselling.  Diploma in Counselling in 2007. Also a qualified Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming (N.L.P.) (2002).

Previous Life Experience for this Leeds Counsellor:

I worked as a teacher for 20 years. I taught children from 6 to 18 and adults too.  First of all teaching languages to examination classes, then I co-ordinated a French department. In contrast, my experience includes working as a Personal Assistant to the Director of New Technology at Cambridge Life Sciences and various policy managing and communications roles in the Department of Health.  In more recent years I worked as a Counselling Tutor for a local charity and a Learning Mentor in a Leeds City school until setting up in local independent practice.

“I enjoy helping remove barriers to learning and working with parents and their children.  I have a particular interest in how children and young people learn and what motivates or creates barriers for them.”

Leeds Counsellor offers a Client-centred or Person-centred Process

I am committed to the Person-Centred approach (PCA) as it can be applied in many walks of life demonstrating respect and valuing others.  While often considered the foundation of modern day counselling attitudes, the Person-centred Approach is a classically simple, but principled philosophy in itself.  Notably, PCA is useful for helping to contain an immediate crisis or problem until it can be worked through more gradually.

“I thoroughly enjoy using Person-Centred counselling and find it always helps my clients reach a better place for themselves. People tell me they find me friendly, genuine and they feel heard and understood.”

Ethical Frameworks

Because I want to be careful, and effective in my work, I take my ethical responsibilities seriously.  Therefore I enjoy  attending supervision regularly, reflecting on my work and weighing up how I am relating to my clients and the issues they bring along to counselling.

“I understand that it can be difficult to decide to try some counselling and am happy to receive phone or email enquiries to see if counselling may suit your needs. If I think counselling would not be useful for you, I would tell you.”

Self Care and Fitness to Practice

It’s important to take ones mind away from work in order to rest and recharge.   Becoming a keen amateur genealogist does that for me.  Through that I have grown to love social history and architecture.   As a result, this interest has taken me to new places.  In contrast, I am very happy baking or cooking in my little kitchen.  I currently enjoy following the cricket and major sporting tournaments. When I can, I go walking with friends or get out in the garden. I find watching birds and photographing things relaxing.

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