Ann Dunkley aims to establish a warm, non-judgemental space with clients where difficult issues and problems can be explored, free from the demands and assumptions of the outside world. She uses her capacity to sensitively tune in to difficult feelings and emotions helping her client to feel understood. Ann has a psychodynamic approach which means she helps clients work through the underlying causes at the root of problems to enable them to gain more self-awareness and a different perspective on their lives. The interaction and communication which unfolds between herself and her client helps provide important insights into their patterns of relating. Ann uses her knowledge of these processes to work with her client and help guide them towards a more realistic and fulfilling way of relating to themselves and others.
Ann has worked for 15 years in the public sector and understands the external and internal pressures involved in working for large organisations and the impact of coping with these pressures. Also with a background as a Samaritan volunteer for many years, she has offered emotional support to people from many walks of life suffering from distress caused by a wide range of difficult issues. As a result of her wide-ranging experience she specialises in anxiety, abuse, depression and relationships.
Ann is a psychodynamic counsellor working in private practice at The Awareness Centre in Clapham. She has a Masters degree in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy, which is accredited by the BACP.