9th December 2016 
Portrait 2013

Anne Bourke, MA, PGDip, BACP (Accred)

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

My name is Anne Bourke and I am accredited psychodynamic counsellor registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My special interest and experience is in linking the profound insights which come from my psychotherapy training with the imaginative understanding of literature.

I trained 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 have a particular interest in women’s issues and worked for several years in the Women’s Therapy Centre in Bristol (Womankind). My experience there included working with sexual abuse survivors, relationships which involved domestic violence and with the profound effects in relationships of low self-esteem.

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.

I believe counselling works because we all need to tell our own stories, to have them listened to and understood with compassion. Personal growth can come from being able to tell your own rich and moving story. In my counselling practice I pay attention to your unique inner world so that we can work together to gain insight into your own patterns of feeling and relating. My work is based on your needs and does not rely on a manual or set of techniques.

I am particularly interested in the way that key life changes affect us all. Counselling can help in the pain of working through separation, divorce and affairs and exploring what the future might hold. It can also help in depression, as this is often linked to mid-life changes or to the kind of transitions which happen at retirement or after leaving school or college. Losses such as bereavement or ill health can also cause extreme anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

In a rural area, clients often choose to see a counsellor outside their immediate location. My private consulting rooms are in Frome, Somerset and I also see clients at the new Frome Medical Centre in Enos Way. 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.