Anna Gut

MA in Psychology, PgDip in Psychodynamic Counselling, BACP and HCPC registered.

My philosophy

The ways in which we relate to others, are to a great extent shaped by our early experiences, which provide a template for subsequent relationships in later life. In the process of adaptation, we unconsciously attune our emotional responses to the expectations of those who we have to rely on. We often either comply to these restrictions, forgetting about our own needs or rebel against them.

Those responses, that once had been adaptive, can be maladaptive and cause a huge impediment in adulthood. Often on an unconscious level we seek relations, that remind us of those we know from childhood and through which we recreate intense childhood emotions. We may try to meet own emotional deficits through another person, with a hope that this time will be different, but as a result we often experience a recurring disappointment. We may try to comply with other people’s wishes in order to protect ourselves from refusal of our own needs or we will keep others at arm’s length for fear of further rejection or impingement on our personal space.

​Those patterns may distort our perception of others, prevent us from building intimacy and lead to self-fulfilling prophecy which will serve as further confirmation of our belief system. Biased perception therefore may negatively influence our sense of our own ability to make positive steps in our lives, therefore contributing to anxiety, low self-esteem, depression or aggression.

Working through emotions in a safe, non judgmental atmosphere, the insight obtained in therapy, will help you to better identify your needs and will give you a greater freedom and maturity when responding to difficult situations and indeed, everyday life.

 

Working style 

I provide confidential short-term counselling and long-term psychodynamic therapy in English and Polish.

I work in psychodynamic approach, with emphasis on exploration of your emotions and consequently the unconscious aspects that contribute to your problem. We will work together in a confidential, non-judgemental atmosphere, which will enable you to freely express and process your emotions and gain insight into your difficulties.

Although the process can be liberating, it is not unusual to have doubts and feel apprehensive about counselling, both prior to and during therapy. As an experienced counsellor, I understand this and am open to discuss with you any fears and expectations that you may have.

 

Professional Experience

I have a several years of professional experience within mental health institutions such as: Burgess Autistic Trust, Highgate Counselling Centre, IAPT, Mind and Polish Psychologists’ Association.

Examples of the difficulties I have worked with: anger management, anxiety, bereavement, depression, loneliness, low self esteem, mood swings, parenting difficulties, relationship difficulties, trauma, work-related stress, working with people on the autism spectrum.

 

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

I am a psychodynamic counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (membership number 849771) and a Health and Care Professions Council registered Counselling Psychologist (registration number PYL34411).

To ensure the highest standards across the profession, all practising psychotherapists registered with the BACP (including myself) are required to meet regularly with a ‘supervisor’ to ensure consistency of practice and clinical safety. I participate in clinical supervision and on-going CPD training in psychotherapy as a requirement of my membership.