At Anchor we understand how difficult life can be at times. Changes in circumstances and life stages can result in emotional, physical and behavioural changes. Even with enough support our modern fast moving world means that difficulties can arise at any time.
Some problems stem from early experiences, but current events also have an impact, such as loss, illness or trauma. Any of these life experiences could lead to an erosion of self-esteem and disturbing or distressing thoughts or feelings.
However we try to deal with these feelings we may not be looking after ourselves well enough. As a result, relationships both personal and at work can suffer, compounding the difficulties. Therapy can help you find a way to better support yourself.
Anchor has a clinical team experienced in helping you unravel the events that have led to where you are now and can work with you to determine a way forward. Meeting within a safe and confidential environment, all our counsellors are professionally trained and accredited either by the UK’s leading therapy governance organisations, BAPC or UKCP.
We are committed to include all and provide therapy in different languages, sometimes through interpreters but also with multilingual therapists and in different locations across the London Borough of Hounslow.
What we offer:
Brief Counselling (up to 6 sessions), Counselling for Anxiety and Depression (up to 10 sessions), Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (up to 16 sessions), Couples Counselling (up to 10 sessions) and Psychosexual Counselling (up to 10 sessions). For those who find it difficult to come to sessions for mobility reasons we also offer telephone counselling.
Anchor is aware that counselling alone might not be enough for clients with enduring and complex issues. Where other services are thought appropriate, Anchor’s counsellors discuss these in the therapy as possible places for referral. These include Women and Girls Network, SANE, I-HEAR (for substance abuse) and Survivors UK (for male victims of sexual abuse). Anchor also liaises closely with one of its partners in the IAPT service, Twining Enterprise, in supporting clients struggling with employment related issues which are impacting on their mental health.
Therapy is different for everyone: the way you ‘do’ it will be different from the way anyone else ‘does’ it. The reason for this is that you are different and the starting point for therapy is that ‘difference’ and what you uniquely bring.
In addition to individual counselling, Anchor also offers a variety of group-based activities including Mindfulness and Managing Anxiety and Stress. Group therapy brings a small number of people together under the guidance of a professionally trained therapist to help themselves and each another. Group therapy has been a widely used and successfully recognised treatment option for more than 50 years.
Our therapy groups usually have up to ten people and last for six to eight sessions. While some members will have similar circumstances, it’s not necessary for all to be dealing with exactly the same problem. This sharing of concerns in a group benefits people in a number of ways. Initially, by sharing our story we can recognise and clarify difficulties and feel empathy and understanding for our emotional distress. Meeting and listening to others who are struggling with similar difficulties can alleviate that feeling of isolation and seeing other members make changes can give us hope. Being a member of a group also brings a feeling of optimistic connection as people feel better about themselves and their lives.