ann-marie james therapist in reading, berkshire

Ann-Marie James

Ann-Marie James MA MBACP(Accred)
Counsellor & Psychotherapist for Adults, Couples & Families
Certified Nutrition & Health Coach
Director, Mind Garden Therapy Ltd

Availability:  Monday & Thursday daytime, Thursday evening (please note I am currently full for couples therapy)

Mode:  In person & online


  • Nutrition & Health Coaching: £40 per 45 minute session
  • Counselling & Psychotherapy£60 per 50 minute session
  • Couples & Family Therapy / Coaching: £85 per 1 hour session

Insurance Accepted:  Vitality, AXA PPP, WPA, Aviva (for counselling & psychotherapy)

BACP Accredited since 2009
MA Pastoral Counselling, General Theological Seminary, New York, USA 2000
BA (Hons) Counselling Psychology, Greenville University, USA, 1998
Level 1 Certified Precision Nutrition Coach (Pn1), 2019
Certified, National Society of Health Coaches (CHC), 2020
Member, UK Health Coach Association
Certificate in Relationship & Couples Counselling, 2010
Certificate in Multi-Systemic Family Therapy, 2002
Certificate & Advanced Certificate in Emotion Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), Marriage Care, UK, 2012


I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in various settings in the UK & the US over the past 18 years, including mental health centres, a private hospital, educational settings and charitable organisations. I have significant business experience in other industries, and currently work in private practice here in Reading. My experience includes work with adults, families and couples.

I have a special interest in the mind-body connection, the link between mental health and nutrition / physical well-being, and the benefits of physical activity on overall health, both psychological and physiological.

I am co-owner and co-lead therapist of Mind Garden Therapy, Reading’s largest centre for private counselling, psychotherapy & psychology.

What do I offer?

I specialise in:

Anxiety & depression
Mental illness and its impact on families
Mind-body psychotherapy / holistic psychotherapy
Health & lifestyle coaching for psychological health
Nutrition coaching for recovery from eating disorders
Nutrition coaching for health or sports performance
The relationship between physical and psychological health
Couples / relationship therapy & coaching

Approach and orientation

My therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing from my training which has been in person-centred psychotherapy, Jungian analytical psychology and person-centred coaching. I offer:

  • Short and long-term individual therapy but I specialise in exploratory, open-ended psychotherapy that allows personal change to happen organically over time.
  • Health & nutrition coaching for psychological health, fitness, eating disorder recovery & self-optimisation.
  • Couples therapy or relationship coaching using Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and/or person-centred coaching depending upon the couple’s needs.

Philosophy on Counselling and Psychotherapy

I believe that counselling & psychotherapy can help individuals live fuller, more satisfying lives. Clients come to me with a wide range of concerns such as interpersonal difficulties, family problems, anxiety, depression, mental health concerns, work difficulties, and much more. Over time I have seen therapy assist people with developing insight, learning about themselves, and learning to look at themselves and the world around them differently. I have seen therapy create a confidential working space where new ideas can be explored, concerns can be aired, and personal growth can take place.

Health & Nutrition Coaching

I have recently added nutrition coaching to my skill set as a result of many clients saying to me they wish to avoid starting medication for anxiety, depression or similar concerns.  There is a growing body of research on the benefits of improved nutrition and lifestyle in reducing symptoms of common  anxiety, low mood and related difficulties. I offer nutrition & lifestyle coaching mixed with psychotherapy as an intervention for improved mental health and resilience.

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