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Therapies at Glencairn House

 

Psycology and Counselling to understand the human spirit

 

 

 

Take control of your fears and anxieties

 

I look forward to welcoming patients to Glencairn House where I offer a neutral, safe, comfortable and relaxed counselling sitting room. I practise Person Centred Counselling which offers a client-led approach, meaning I work with whatever my client(s) bring to our sessions – there is no agenda on my part.

Annie Hughes Counsellor FdSC, Dip.Couns. MBACP

Before retraining as a counsellor I worked in advertising. My jobs were varied and always interesting, largely because of the mix of creativity and the wide range of characters unique to that environment, fuelling my ever-present interest in people.

After having my family I wanted to immerse myself in a new, family-friendly, business. To this end, I went into Adult Education joining an Access to Counselling (Diploma) course followed by a further course, as a ‘mature student’, to study Counselling, graduating from the University of Greenwich in 2012. My second course involved placements over two years, one with a wonderful organisation, Crossways Counselling, based in Surrey, and the second at St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing. The first offered ‘general practice’ and an excellent base to learn how to manage a very wide range of issues. The second was focused on end- of-life care for patients, pre-bereavement and post-bereavement support for families and friends. Again, as with Crossways, this was a great learning environment for me. I enjoyed both of these volunteer positions hugely and remain grateful for the experience gained in both organisations.

In 2013 I was invited to join a small group of colleagues from my cohort to gain experience in private practice and this encouraged me to take the step to run my own practice alongside it has flourished from there.

I have covered many areas of work including loss & bereavement, end-of-life support, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addiction and disordered eating.

I practise Person Centred counselling which offers a client-led approach meaning I work with whatever my client(s) bring to our sessions – there is no agenda on my part. My understanding is that the client has the best understanding of themselves – my work is in helping them to identify where/what is causing the internal disturbance. I aim to offer a non- judgmental environment in which a person can begin to explore their issues safely using careful dialogue including healthy challenge, empathy and kindness, and, occasionally, where appropriate, humour too. Ultimately I want my clients to find their process constructive, informative, and helpful for them as they move-on in their lives. Counselling can be a daunting prospect for people who don’t have experience of it, I hope, by the time we end our time together (short or long-term) my clients feel it has been a great learning experience for them – it always is for me.

I am a registered member of the BACP, bound by their Ethical Framework and Professional Code of Conduct.

Annie Hughes