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Ann-Marie James

Ann-Marie James MA MBACP(Accred)
Counsellor & Psychotherapist for Adults, Couples & Families

Availability:  Not currently accepting new clients

Cost:  Adults £60, Couples £80.

Insurances Accepted:  Vitality, AXA PPP, WPA, Aviva


MA Pastoral Counselling
BA (Hons) Counselling Psychology
Certificate in Relationship & Couples Counselling
Certificate in Multi-Systemic Family Therapy
BACP Accredited & UKRCP Registered
Certificate in Emotion Focused Couple Therapy (EFT)
Advanced Certificate in Emotion Focused Couple Therapy (EFT)


I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in various settings in the UK & the US over the past 16 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, couples and young people. I maintain regular continuing professional development and am supervised by a senior analytical psychologist in accordance with BACP regulations. I undertake regular professional development on an ongoing basis.

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

What do I offer?

I am trained to work with a wide range of concerns, including:

Psychosomatic disorders (mind-body concerns)
Personal development
Mental illness and its impact on families
Anxiety & depression
Spirituality & religious concerns
Work / employment related concerns
Discernment Counselling for couples considering divorce/separation
Couples / Relationship Therapy – for more information click here.

Approach and orientation

My therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing from my training which has been both person-centred and Jungian. I offer both short and long-term therapy and specialise in open-ended psychotherapy that is exploratory and allows change to happen organically.  My work with couples and families uses an evidence-based approach called Emotion Focused Therapy but is also informed by my psychodynamic training.

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.

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