How I work

As a Counsellor I work integratively, providing clients with the time and space to explore whats troubling them. The space is totally confidential, non-judgmental and supportive.

 

It takes courage to see a counsellor; hence I make the space a place for you "tell it as it is" enabling new insight, self awareness, resilience and selfcare strategies to evolve.

 

I use several approaches in my work, incorporating Person Centred Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA ), Psychodynamic and Existential approaches.

 

As a Counsellor my commitment is to really listen to you, value you, help and support you, provide you with a space to express your emotions in your own way.

 

Many people experience emotional difficulties at some stage of their life. Taking time out to work through issues in a calm and non judgemental space can be a liberating experience.

 

When we are having difficulties in our lives, our minds are busy. Being able to share how you feel about yourself is empowering, facilitating that change is a privilege.

 

As you begin to understand and acknowledge your feelings, you may be able to start changing patterns of behaviours which keep recurring in your life, causing difficulties for you. Exploring the past may be helpful, gradually, you may become more mindful or aware of the past, and how old behaviours are helping or hindering you in your life.

 

I work with clients at their pace throughout the counselling contract.

 

Retreats

 

One of the best kept secrets in Devon is a wonderful retreat centre called Mill House Retreat http://millhouseretreats.co.uk/ it is available for stays, days away from the "busyness" of life. I have the privilige of working in that wonderful space with clients requiring "time out" to refocus. Please email for details and at the same time have a look at Mill House Retreats website, its a magical place.

 

Guided Meditation and Mindfulness

 

I have trained in mindfulness for stress and relaxation. The research tells us it contributes to peace of mind, improved health and wellbeing. Improving our self-awareness helps us to accept things "as they are" without judgement.

 

Simple mindful techniques can be incorporated into every day life, creating a sense of calm and balance

 

I have a range of resources which are free for clients to borrow.

 

Below some really helpful articles for clients to review

Recommended Resources:

1) Monitoring stress levels (www.bemindfulonline.com/test-your-stress) and self criticism (http://www.self-compassion.net‘short self compassion scale) 

2) Positive log book: http://www.mindful.org/a-simple-weekly-mindfulness-practice-keep-a-gratitude-journal/

3) Posture exercises: www.ted.com/talks/: Amy Cuddy ‘your body language shapes who you are’

4) Mindfulness presentation: www.ted.com/talks/: Andy Puddicombe ‘all it takes is 10 mindful minutes’

5) Mindfulness practises: www.youtube.com: Mark Williams ‘Mindfulness’ www.headspace.com: ‘Gym membership for the mind’

6) Self compassion practises: http://www.self-compassion.net/‘exercises’ Kristin Neff

7) Action for Happiness Ten Keys for Happiness: http://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/530511/ten_keys_guidebook.pdf

7) Increasing resilience at work: http://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/282795/doing_well_from_the_inside_out.pdf

8) A video on Trauma Informed Practice – how we can all make a difference: vimeo.com/274703693

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, 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, spiritual, selfcare, strategies, overwhelm.

Counselling Directory profile  : http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/annie-ford

 

 

CONTACT

Email: infoannieford@aol.com

Phone:07748-523704                   (Confidential line & voicemail)

I am a 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 manage an informal Support Group for Women experiencing changes due to a Bereavement in Mid Devon please email for more details.

 

My profile is accessible on the following link

http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists/in/0507db/devon/exeter/annie-ford

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