Humanistic, Existential, Psychodynamic
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist working in London for the last ten years. Talking to a therapist can make sense of painful events and feelings, helping you to heal, move on and fulfil your potential. I offer a secure, confidential, non-judgemental space where you can explore your experiences at your own pace.
Often our past informs our present and determines our feelings about the future. Sometimes it can prevent us from being truly ourselves. I work with you to explore your experiences in order to better understand who you are and what you might become, to find meaning and a greater sense of purpose in life. This in turn can help to create better relationships with partners, colleagues and family and to stop repeating negative thoughts, behaviour and relationships. Whether you are struggling with a traumatic life event or a more general feeling of sadness and a lack of purpose, therapy can help.
I trained in humanistic, existential and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy, and I like to draw on whatever seems most appropriate in each individual case. But central to my practice is creating a strong relationship with my client. I have worked with a large range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, anger, abuse, addiction, bereavement, relationships, panic disorder, eating disorders and low self-esteem.
I generally see you for fifty minutes, once a week. You can have either short term counselling, or longer term open-ended psychotherapy. Often it doesn’t become clear which is most appropriate until we have seen each other a few times.
To start with I offer an initial non-obligatory consultation which gives us the opportunity to meet, talk through the process, and see if I can help.
I qualified as a counsellor and psychotherapist at Roehampton University and went on to study the work of Carl Jung at the Society for Analytical Psychology.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their ethical guidelines.
My experience includes working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for the Tasha Foundation in Brentford and the Bush Doctors GP practice in W12. For many years I have seen people from the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society.
£75 a session
Anya Natasha Charnaud founder of ANC Therapy.
I am an experienced, qualified and accredited psychological therapist offering private therapy to those looking for someone to talk to.
Life can be difficult and sometimes we all need someone to talk to. Whether you’re experiencing current challenges or have unresolved issues from the past, talking through your problems with a qualified therapist in a safe environment can help you transform your life. As the old adage goes, a problem shared is a problem halved…
Finding the right therapist is a personal and often difficult experience. How do you choose someone to confide your most difficult feelings to? When it comes to finding a therapist it is important that you feel in control of who you choose to work with.
With over 10 years’ experience in statutory, private and NHS counselling, I have extensive understanding of individual personal needs. I have worked in a specialist trauma service within King’s College Hospital for over 7 years and prior to this I have worked in the addictions field.
I hold graduate and post graduate qualifications in psychological therapy and maintain a high calibre of continued professional developmentto provide the best possible training to allow you the best possible up-to-date treatment.
I have worked in a wide range of settings and have no limitations of types of difficulties I would work with.
Anya’s Speciality Areas Are:
- addictive disorders
- sexual assault and rape
- pre-trial therapy for those who are witnesses within the criminal justice system working in accordance to home office guidelines.
View our full range of services and pricing.
I am an accreditated registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); I follow the BACP ethical framework and adhere to confidentiality and work in an effective non-judgmental setting offering clients the opportunity to work through their difficulties with peace of mind.
I have a regular lecture slot on a national forensic sexual assault examiners course and have presented at an international conference in South Africa on the work I have done within the sexual violence field within the NHS.
Anya’s Qualifications, Training:
Anya Charnaud BA (hons), FdSc, PGCert, MBACP (Accred)
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Cultural Studies, University of Roehampton.
- Foundation Degree Sciences, Addictions Counselling, University of Bath.
- Post Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling, University of Oxford.
- Accredited, Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), The Tavistock/Anna Freud Centre.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections Foundation Course (STIF).
- Adult Sexual Assault Forensic Training Course.
- Follow the BACP ethical framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- Adhere to confidentiality and work in an effective non-judgmental setting.
Recent Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
- Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Institute of Psychiatry Kings College Hospital.
- Working with personality disorders workshop, Dean Cross East London NHS Trust.
- Introduction to Transactional Analysis, Metanoia Institute.
- Commitment and Acceptance Therapy for Insomnia – British Psychological Society
Types of session include:
- Online counselling
- Telephone counselling
- Face to face counselling
To schedule an appointment with Anya, please call: +44 (0)7787 411 507 or send a message using the Contact Us form.
I work closely with a private consultant psychiatrist for those wishing to be referred for discreet, confidential psychiatric assessment. I take private self referrals, as well as referrals from other psychiatrists and other external agencies.
I am a qualified, registered and experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist practicing in the City of London. I can provide a safe space for you to talk without criticism, judgement or blame.I work from a psychodynamic approach which recognises that present difficulties, such as depression, anxiety or relationship problems, can be linked to earlier experiences. Understanding the underlying nature of your difficulties can help to alleviate suffering.
To explore if psychotherapy is for you, the first step is a short phone conversation during which you can tell me a little about your situation and raise any questions you have. Either call me directly on 07583 207 521 or follow a link on this page to send me an email with your phone number and a convenient time I can call you. If you feel you would like to explore psychotherapy / counselling further we will then arrange a meeting.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience in working with a broad range of issues including, anxiety, stress, bereavement, anger, relationship difficulties, eating disorders and phobias. I have an Postgraduate Diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, which is one of the leading training institutions in the country. I have also worked for the NHS as an honorary psychotherapist at Barts hospital.
I am a registered professional member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), and the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC). I follow their professional codes of ethics, and complaints and grievance procedures. I participate in peer support programmes and I am currently doing an honorary qualification in assessment at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.
Jungian Analyst, psychodynamic psychotherapist
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As a Jungian Analyst I believe each of us has an an inner healer that can guide us towards a deeper, more emotionally fulfilling relationship with ourselves, others and the world around us – if we are open to it. Inner work is tough work, but within the problem you are facing, no matter how bad, is an opportunity to grow.
I am an IAAP accredited Jungian Analyst and a member of the AJA. I have an MA in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (Roehampton) and an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF). I also have a Certificate in Supervision (SAP).
I am engaged in ongoing research and writing. I participate in peer support programmes and ongoing professional development to ensure that my practice in central London affords the best informed care.
Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
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I worked for the United Nations as a conference translator, as Head of an export area and as a Business Consultant for the textile industry prior to retraining full time, from 2000, in the field of Counselling & Psychotherapy.My re-training involved working in a Special Needs School for pupils with mild learning disabilities (4-16 year olds, from 2000-01) and as a Learning Support Assistant and Learning Mentor in a London school (13-16 year old girls from 2001-02) where I was asked to focus on behaviour and provide bereavement support.
I also worked for eight years for the Psychological and Pastoral Care Department of the Royal Marsden, Chelsea site (2002-2010). My role as Relatives Support Co-ordinator involved working with partners, parents, children, close friends of cancer patients who had reached the palliative care stage of their illness. I also set up and ran a bereavement service. I trained as an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist at The Bowlby Centre (previously known as CAPP) and qualified in 2009.
As with most therapists, I have had to manage and process difficult life events. I bring my life experience together with my personal and professional training, which includes twelve years of personal therapy, to the therapy room.
TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS
- Cruse bereavement counsellor, 1996
- Certificate in Counselling in Education (Basic clinical and theoretical skills), Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey, 2001
- Post-graduate Diploma in Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, CAPP (Now the Bowlby Centre), 2005-2009
- Working with Families with Physical Illness: a Systemic Approach, The Tavistock Centre (Portman and Tavistock NHS Trust), 2009
- CBT Foundation Training for practising counsellors and psychotherapists, Hemmings Field Associates, 2011
- Post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Supervision, Regent’s College, 2012
I attend numerous training and CPD events as well as conferences every year, on the themes of trauma, dissociation, body/mind work, the impact of life limiting illness, depression, working with adolescents, self-harm, suicidality, neuroscience and attachment. I attend regular weekly supervision. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP, Private Practice, University & Colleges and Healthcare Sections) and of the National Counselling Society (MNCS (Accred)). I am also a member of the Bowlby Centre and of the Relational School.
I can work in English, French and Spanish.
Attachment theory is my main theoretical framework. I first came across John Bowlby’s writing when I trained with Cruse Bereavement Care in 1996. His work and understanding of the human mind made complete sense to me. Bowlby’s Attachment Theory postulates that all primates have an ‘attachment’ system which is part of their survival mechanism (it makes, for example, a parent respond to the cry of his/her child or a child seek out the parent in a strange situation).
This “wired in” attachment system reacts with the environment we are born into. It is also affected by our temperament. This means we all learn different things, unconsciously, from our early attachments and will develop different strategies for attaching to others. This may affect the quality of our personal relationships, and our ability to function effectively at work. A confidential and safe space in therapy allows the exploration of your attachment patterns to help you understand why you are the way you are, and facilitate your moving away from those patterns which are unhelpful. John Bowlby and other researchers after him also demonstrated the importance of the mourning of losses (big and small) over a life time and the devastating impact unresolved grief can have on the human psyche.
A subject’s ability to mourn will determine his/her ability to acknowledge the loss, mourn the loss, adjust and recover over time so as to “live with the loss”. “Loss” is a wide ranging term which can mean the loss of someone close to you but also shattered dreams, the loss of a job, of what could have been or the difficulty to adapt to different stages of life in the life cycle. John Bowlby’s Attachment theory has since been developed worldwide by clinicians and academics in the field of neuroscience, psychoanalysis, child care, education, training and development in the workplace and criminology to understand how human beings function (or not) together.
Through my own personal and professional development, I have added a number of other tools which, in my view, can complement this approach such as CBT and systemic work. I believe the psychoanalytic component is a crucial non verbal aspect of the therapeutic work. My work is informed by modern relational psychoanalysis which seeks to acknowledge that the fears and fantasies experienced by the client are grounded in the real history of their early relationships. An essential part of the therapeutic work is that the therapist is capable of engaging the client in collaborative work that is compassionate, as well as being boundaried and rigorous. I consider myself today to be a relational integrative psychotherapist informed by psychoanalysis and attachment.
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist & counsellor.
I have many years experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds around issues including depression, anxiety, relationship and family difficulties, bereavement and loss, abuse including sexual abuse, trauma, low self esteem, stagnation, retirement and difficulties related to pregnancy and parenthood.
It can sometimes feel difficult to reach out to those around us when we are experiencing emotional difficulties.
It may be that we fear being judged in some way or that we imagine we are ‘burdening’ other people.
Therapy can offer a safe, calm and supportive space to talk things through.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I believe that much of our emotional difficulty in the present can be linked to significant events and relationships in our past.
By working with a trained professional to explore and understand this, we can gain new insight into our emotional world, leading to greater self-acceptance, new ways of relating and lasting positive change.
I usually suggest meeting for an initial consultation.
At an initial consultation you can tell me about yourself and what is going on for you at the moment that is making you think about therapy.
It is also an opportunity for us to explore your expectations of therapy and for you to ask questions and see if you would feel comfortable working with me
If you decide to proceed, we would then agree a therapy arrangement based around your individual therapeutic needs.
This would involve our meeting at the same time every week for a 50 minute therapy session either on an open-ended basis or in a time-limited arrangement.
Drawing on ideas and methods from different schools of thought, I tailor how I work in response to each individual and their concerns. My approach is relational and flexible and drawn in particular from existential psychotherapy, gestalt, psychodynamics and mindfulness. I offer a supportive and open space where you’ll be listened to, taken seriously, encouraged to reflect more deeply on your life experiences and to find a new perspective on whatever is troubling you. At the heart of my approach is the belief that we all have the capacity, creativity and inner resources to find our own solutions and that self-awareness is key to finding balance, emotional resilience and well being.
I work with people who bring a wide range of concerns. I’m also a trained bereavement counsellor with over 5 years experience in an NHS Hospice, this includes working with people suffering a traumatic bereavement such as a suicide, sudden death, death of a child.
Please click on the link to my website for more details about me and how I work.
Monday & Wednesday: Ludgate Hill Practice, 89 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
Thursday: The Chandlery, 50 Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, London SE1 7QY
Fee: £60 per session (50 minutes), this is payable in cash or cheque on the day.
Cancellation policy: I ask for at least 48 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise the fee for the missed session is payable.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc. Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex University) Metanoia Institute.
BSc. (Hons) Psychology (Birkbeck College, University of London)
In addition to private practice my clinical experience includes work in the NHS and voluntary sector:
Bereavement counsellor/psychotherapist in an NHS Hospice bereavement service for over 5 years. I received additional training here. My experience/training includes working with traumatic bereavements, including death by suicide, accident, and the death of a child.
Counsellor for the mental health charity MIND.
Honorary Psychotherapist in NHS Hospital Psychotherapy unit: seeing patients referred through their GP or mental health services for long term psychotherapy.
I have also been a Samaritan Volunteer.
Earlier in my career I worked in social services teaching adults with autism.
My experience includes ongoing work with psychotherapy/counselling trainees
I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, working with adults of all ages from diverse backgrounds who are experiencing a variety of issues.
I believe that to explore difficult feelings and worries, it is important to have a safe and secure place to allow thoughts and feelings to arise in their own time, and in a non-judgmental and confidential relationship. Sometimes your concerns can benefit from a short-term approach, but difficulties which are rooted in past experiences or childhood may take more time to be made sense of.
People who come to see me have experienced a range of issues in life, which may be helped by exploring feelings and thoughts. These include relationship difficulties (both heterosexual and LGBT+) , anxiety and depression, post-natal depression, low self confidence and self esteem, difficulty communicating feelings and emotions, suicidal feelings, addiction, abuse, self harm eating disorders or coming to terms with life changing events.
I offer both short term counselling and long term psychotherapy .
I have worked in the voluntary sector, in private practice, in a secondary school and in NHS (in a psychotherapy unit and for GPs).
To make an initial appointment, you can telephone 07914394814, although you may be put through to voicemail. Your voicemail message is confidential and I will respond as soon as possible.
I offer a limited number of places for those who are unable to afford the full fee.
I work as a Counsellor and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. Both Counselling and Psychotherapy take place in a setting that is both private and confidential, allowing a feeling of trust, safety and openness to develop. It is an opportunity for you to talk about and explore thoughts and feelings that are worrying or frightening, with a therapist who doesn’t judge you or advise you, but will allow you to find a way forward that is right for you.
To have the experience of two minds thinking about you can be a healing experience in itself, as you may discover a better understanding of your thoughts, patterns, feelings and beliefs. Habitual ways of feeling about yourself and your relationships can be recognised and perhaps linked with experiences from much earlier, allowing you to make different decisions or ways of looking at things, enabling you to have increased options and perhaps make different choices.
Counselling tends to look at immediate difficulties and is usually a shorter term therapy, perhaps concentrating on one issue and usually involves meeting weekly. Psychotherapy with a trained and experienced therapist allows deeper seated issues or psychological problems to be explored over time, and as they arise. It is a way of managing more complex areas, that perhaps have built up over time, and which may stem from experiences from childhood. Sometimes our worries are rooted in ways of being that we learnt early in life, and a sensitive, kind and secure relationship with your therapist can give meaning to experiences from long ago. Psychotherapy can also be a way of coming to know yourself better, and to deal with transitions to different stages of life and the frequency of meetings may be more than once weekly.
Psychodynamic therapy uses the relationship which builds up over time to look at some of the more profound and complex areas of difficulties in our lives, and takes place over a longer period of time than counselling and your hopes, dreams and disappointments have a place to be safely explored.
I have been working with people in private practice since 1992 when I started my first training as a counsellor.
I have always maintained my private practice alongside other work. Most recently this included a seven year period of work in the NHS as a clinician and manager of a primary care GP counselling service in Newham, East London. Between 2004 and 2016 I continued my interest in primary care mental health in my role as Clinical Supervisor for a team of GP-based counsellors and therapists working for a local NHS Trust. I am also interested in supporting GPs and the psychological work that they do with their patients and to this end I run Balint Groups for GPs – go ☞ here to read more about my Balint Group Leader work.
Prior to my work in Newham I worked for many years in the voluntary sector: at London Lighthouse in Ladbrook Grove, coordinating volunteer support for people with HIV/AIDS living independently in the community, and at The Red Admiral Project, a dedicated counselling centre for all those affected by HIV/AIDS, at the time, in Earls Court.
Before retraining I had a successful career in IT and worked as a systems analyst and software engineer for large blue-chip companies in London. I continue to keep abreast of developments in IT and technology.
Training, accreditation and memberships
Following counselling training I began my psychotherapy training in 1995 at the Metanoia Institute in West London where I was awarded my Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy in 2001. At the same time I graduated from the University of Middlesex with a Masters degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy. I was awarded a post-graduate level Diploma in Clinical Supervision by the Whittington Hospital School of Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2000. I am a Graduate Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute (GPTI) and registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), both as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I am a member of the Irish Forum for Counselling & Psychotherapy and an Accredited Member of The Balint Society.
I continue to attend my own on-going, regular supervision with senior colleagues and maintain and develop my practice through various activities broadly described by the term Continuing Professional Development.
I am motivated by a curiosity about people and helping them to feel understood, enabling their capacity to develop. Believing each of us has a healer within, guiding us towards deeper more emotionally fulfilling relationships.
I have an MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling from Birkbeck College, University of London. As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I am bound by their ethics and standards. I have professional indemnity insurance. I participate regularly in professional development ensuring that my practice affords the best informed care.
As part of my practice I work within the NHS and the Voluntary sector, and have experience of forensic, LGBT+ and drug and alcohol work.
Fifteen years work in open ended once weekly long term psychodynamic counselling.
Ten years work in twice and three times weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Three years work in time limited (one year) psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Qualifications and Training
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy FPC.
Training Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.