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Annie Broadbent

London
Anxiety
Depression
Just my life
Loss & grief
Pregnancy
Relationships
Self-esteem
Work
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Me in a nutshell

I’ve always been curious about people, which led me to study Social Anthropology at university. It wasn't until the death of my mother when I was 25 that I began to take my curiosity down a professional path. For a number of years I ran bereavement groups and in 2014 I published my first book, a collection of personal stories and expert advice on loss and grief. Since training as a therapist, I’ve become more interested in human relationships and fascinated by our capacity for growth and transformation. I also love dogs. And singing.

What most fascinates me about my work...

I am particularly curious about our relationship to truth and honesty - how being authentic is so challenging yet so liberating.

Why I think people break down

People break down when it is the only thing that will get them to listen to their needs. It is the final crack of the survival personality we all construct, and all need, but often live with too intimately. Breakdowns can be deeply painful but if accepted, can be incredibly transformative and liberating.

My specialities

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Just my life
  • Loss & grief
  • Pregnancy
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Work

I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.

My qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling
  • Writer at Psychologies Magazine and published author of Speaking of Death
  • Previous experience in palliative care running bereavement groups
  • Co-founder of Retune, a company designing wellbeing away days for businesses

Psychosynthesis

Psychosynthesis is a model of therapy that works with the whole person – mind, feelings, body and spirit. It works with people in a way that is most appropriate for them at that time. Sometimes this may mean focusing on the present and working with the body, other times it may involve the imagination or a deeper exploration of the past. Psychosynthesis is not about mending brokenness; it offers, instead, a broad perspective on life and space for the development of human potential.

Fees

First session is £50. My standard fee thereafter is £60 and I have some limited concessionary spaces. All sessions are 50 minutes.