Anna Martin provides a supportive, empathic and non-judgemental space in which experiences or difficulties can be explored together. She believes that having an open space to reflect on these experiences or difficulties can help to process feelings and develop greater self-awareness and understanding. Anna believes that building trust between client and practitioner is key in the therapeutic relationship and will respect and support each individual throughout their journey. Anna works within the person-centred framework, meaning that client and practitioner are equal parts in the therapeutic relationship. Each unique client is the expert of their own experience and the therapist works to understand the client’s experience from the client’s perspective. This has a focus on developing a trusting and honest relationship for clients to feel safe and supported, and a space where they can address any issues affecting their life. It is the role of the practitioner to help the client reach and realise their full potential.
Anna has previously worked within an NHS IAPT with clients with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, and prior to this working privately in a secure hospital with clients with severe and enduring mental health conditions. During this time Anna saw the importance, when working with every condition, to reduce distress and promote wellbeing. Anna specialises in depression, anxiety and low self-esteem and has a special interest in trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Anna is a trainee Psychologist and is currently completing a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. She is a member of the BPS and works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS Counselling Service in Lambeth.