23rd August 2017 
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Anne Bourke, BPC Registered Psychotherapist

"It is never too late to become the person you might have been." George Eliot

I am accredited Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and counsellor registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). My special interest and experience is in linking the profound insights which come from my psychotherapy and counselling training with the imaginative understanding of literature.

Literature also emphasises how different we all are as people and how we all have a complex and unique inner world. I believe that therapy works by listening with real attention, not just to what is said but also to the gaps in between. Working on what cannot be said is often the key to unlocking change.

I did my counselling training at the University of Reading where my postgraduate work was awarded a Distinction. I worked there for a number of years in a community service counselling clients with long-term difficulties such as bipolar disorder and suicidal depression. I then did advanced training to become a registered psychotherapist with BPC and now work in private practice as a therapist in Frome.

I have a particular interest in women’s issues and work in the Women’s Therapy Centre in Bristol (Womankind). My experience there includes working with sexual abuse survivors, with domestic violence and with the profound effects in relationships of low self-esteem. I continue to work there as a therapist with refugees and asylum seekers.

I have specialist training in bereavement and loss, having trained and worked with Cruse, the national bereavement service. The shock and pain of bereavement and the impact of long-term illness are areas I have particular experience in working through in counselling.

In a rural area, clients often choose to see a counsellor outside their immediate location. My private consulting rooms are in Frome, Somerset. My practice is located close to the borders of Wiltshire so that I am easily accessible as a counsellor from towns such as Trowbridge and Westbury. Other towns within easy reach for therapy include Warminster, Bruton, Castle Cary, Radstock, Shepton Mallet and Wincanton.