I am an experienced counsellor and have been told many times over many years that I am a calm and grounded health professional, passionate about my work. It is such a privilige to see clients moving forward in their lives, living the life they are so worthy of.
Throughout my professional career I have consistently utilised opportunites to learn and grow, I share this passion with my clients, students, groups and supervisees.
In my Private Counselling Practice in Mid Devon, I work with clients experiencing ranges of life issues, aiming to bring clarity, resilience, resourcefulness and confidence. Challenges can include anxiety, stress, relationships and transitions etc.
Professionally over 35 years, I have worked in GP Practices, NHS Medical School Hospitals, Cancer Support Centres and Community Health settings as Counsellor, Coach, EMDR Therapist, Clinician, Leader and Clinical Supervisor.
An experienced Macmillan Nurse Specialist, Midwife and manager of NHS Womens Health Services including IVF, Breast Cancer and Oncology Units in London. I have worked at St Georges Hospital (currently host to 24 hours in A&E London), The Royal Marsden ( Cancer Centre of Excellence London), The Portland Hospital London ( IVF ) and the RD&E NHS Foundation Trust Devon in a senior leadership role. I have managed acute NHS gynaecological units including two IVF Units in London NHS Hospitals and a breast cancer unit. I have also worked for NHS Public Health and Clinical Commissioning groups as Health Diversity Lead and Nurse Consultant in London.
As a Supervisor in clinical and counselling roles, I have always been passionate about seeing clinicians and counselling supervisees flourish in practice.
Alongside my Private Counselling and Supervision practice, I manage and facilitate secondary breast cancer support groups in Devon and Somerset both now online during Covid19. I also work for Penny Brohn a leading cancer support charity as a facilitator on their two day Living Well With Cancer programmes. I am a Supervisor for Cruse U.K. a specialist National bereavement support charity.
Throughout my professional career I have facilitated ranges of professional conferences, support groups and wellbeing workshops which included; breast, ovarian cancer, miscarriage, infertility, hysterectomy, stillbirth, HIV and carers forums.
Professionally I have been an Associate Lecturer at King's College London and Kingston Upon Thames Surrey Universities.
As a Coach I have worked in the public and private sectors with clients experiencing work place issues such as stress, bullying, burn out, overwhelm, transition and reorganisation. Clients require a confidential space to work through those changes, being able to move forward with dignity in their lives.
Originally from Southern Ireland, I have lived in London for thirty years and in Devon for fifteen. I am a wife, mother and enjoy mindfulness, nature and cooking.
What clients say:
" being diagnosed with cancer changed my life, I have found counselling so helpful. The time and space has given me the opportunity to explore whats important for me. I have been able to speak freely on tough subjects like my fears and anxieties safely without judgement. I feel so much more resilient and insightful now. As a Counsellor Annie has enabled me to grow and flourish during a very difficult chapter"
" I had no idea how menopausal I was; foggy head, heightened stress, rage and insomnia. I thought it was all a culmination of work and home stress or that I was at risk of having a breakdown. Wow! with this new self awareness, I now have my life back. Counselling really helped my self confidence; I now selfcare putting myself at the top of my priority list . The whole family are so relieved, as a Counsellor Annie has years of experience in womens health as an advanced nurse practitioner, she really understands womens health issues and the impacts"
" Taking time out has been a life saver for me; it has given me back my real self. I got lost in all the stress and anxiety in my life. I am now able to enjoy living, thank you."
"After the infertility treatments I was a wreck, I had to start over, Annie just got me! I feel so much happier, it saved my marriage."
"Losing my partner and best friend was devastating. I had counselling earlier in my life, but this time with Annie it was different. I felt totally heard and held, I was able to explore my life issues at my pace, helping me to clarify some major life decisions."
" I have just got through some really tough work place bullying issues. I now have the resilience and resources I need to enjoy work and family life. I have new insight into my stressors and use strategies to manage them, I feel empowered and calm at the same time thank you so much"
"Counselling has helped me hugely to cope with the loss of my wife, understanding this NEW NOW, I never thought I would need a counsellor, its really supported me during this period of change in my life, it was too hard to speak with my family; but I can now which has helped me so much "
" I now have a life thank you, I am living my life not serving others, I am worthy! counselling has changed my life, I know myself better than ever and feel totally liberated thank you so much.."
Clients range from 17 to 85 years, all with diverse issues as unique as we all are.
As a Counsellor, Work with Police, Hospices, Charity, Charities and NHS staff. Military MoD personnel and family members.
Create the change you want.
Annie Ford Experienced Counsellor and Supervisor. Covering Devon, Mid-Devon, Cullompton, Pinhoe, Broadclyst, Honiton, Exeter, Whipton, Tiverton, Wellington, Taunton , Whimple, Whimple EX5 4PB and EX15 1FE and Somerset
Issues I work with includes Anxiety,Stress, Depression, Relationships, Rape, Mental Health Issues, PTSD, Trauma, Employment Issues and Counselling, HIV, AIDs, GUM, NHS, Bereavement Support, Grief, Grieving, Mindfulness, Counsellor, Counselling, Family Counselling, Group Counselling, Counselling debrief, Debrief Suicide, LGBT, HIV, AIDs, Cancer Counselling, Long Term Conditions, Menopause, menopausal, Retreat day, Retreat days, Stress, Mindfulness, Counselling Agencies, EAP, Retreat in Devon, Mediation, Couples Counsellor, Couples Counselling, Relationship counselling, PTSD, Counselor, Therapist, Healing, Wellness, Wellbeing, Cancer, Cancer Support, parenting, University Counselling, College Counsellor, CBT, Psychodynamic, Calm Counselling office, charity, charities, supervision, supervisee , accreditation, selfcare, IVF, End of Life Care, Palliative Care, secondary breast cancer,
Coronovirus, Covid19 outbreak, coronovirussupport, overwhelmed, need selfcre tips , techniques and strategies
Counselling Directory profile : http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/annie-ford
Phone:07748-523704 (Confidential line & voicemail)
I am an Accredited member of the BACP and adhere to their standards holding professional indemnification. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is a professional body which sets standards for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK.
As a qualified Counsellor I am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for good practice and standards and subject to their professional conduct procedure.
I have regular Professional Supervision to monitor the quality and ethics of my work as set out by the BACP.
As well as 1:1 Counselling, Supervision and Group Facilitation, I faciliate 2 day Cancer Support Retreats for patients and loved ones for a national charity and manage Support Groups for Women with secondary breast cancer.
I am an experienced Mindfulness Practitioner and have found it so helpful supporting individuals and groups focusing on selfcare and stress management.
My profile is accessible on the following link