- Flexible hours available
I offer therapy sessions from Monday - Friday, 8am-6pm
About me and my therapy practice
What is counselling and psychotherapy? Therapy is a bit like a structured conversation where you can speak freely about your life without judgement. It isn’t always necessary to have a problem to focus on, sometimes it can be helpful to reflect on how you are thinking and feeling about your values, experiences and relationships. Therapy can provide the space to grow self-awareness, develop personally and achieve your potential. I work face to face and online (video, instant chat, email and phone):
Some of the issues I specialise in are:
body image / eating disorders
grief and loss
neurodiversity (autism, AD(H)D, dyspraxia, dyslexia)
self esteem / sense of self
relationships (partner, friends, family, colleagues)
This is a brief overview that we can talk more about when we meet.
My background & training I trained as a therapeutic counsellor and have worked in long-term, low cost counselling, and in universities, working short term (6 weeks). I offer a relational approach to counselling and psychotherapy that integrates a number of therapeutic schools, including psychodynamic and person-centred approaches. For my dissertation I focused on mindfulness meditation in therapy. I have completed other training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have also completed eating disorder treatment training in Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at The Centre for Research on Dissemination at Oxford, Oxford University Department of Psychiatry. I am qualified to deliver therapy online as well as face to face.
Professional Accreditations I am a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) registered counsellor and psychotherapist and a British Psychological Society (BPS) registered graduate member.
What to expect: My approach to therapy is integrative and relational. As an integrative therapist I take aspects of theory from across different therapeutic models and apply them according to what meets my client’s needs.
When working with eating disorders I follow the NICE recommended CBT-E treatment programme: https://www.annacolquhoun.co.uk/eating-disorders
My first session
In our first session we will go through contracting and confidentiality, I will explain how I work and I will encourage you to talk about what brought you to therapy. We will talk through and agree some initial goals for therapy, that we will review every six sessions.
I encourage feedback throughout therapy, as research shows that client motivation and feedback have a significant impact on outcomes. This starts when we first talk and I will encourage you to ask me any questions you may have about therapy and working with me.
This is an opportunity for us both to think about whether we want to continue therapy or if another therapist might better suit your needs as you will experience what I’m like and how I work.
If we agree to continue therapy, we may decide an initial number of sessions, or leave the sessions open-ended.
What I can help with
ADD / ADHD, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Loss, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
CBT, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited