Ann-Marie James

Ann-Marie James MA MBACP(Accred)
Counsellor & Psychotherapist for Adults, Couples & Families
Certified Nutrition Coach (Pn1) & Health Coach

Availability:  Tuesday afternoon & evening, Thursday daytime, Friday evening

Mode:  In person & online

Cost:  Psychotherapy/counselling for adults £60 per session, Couples/Families: £85 per session, Health & Nutrition Coaching sessions: From £30 – click here for full info on nutrition programmes

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


BACP Accredited & UKRCP Registered since 2009
MA Pastoral Counselling, General Theological Seminary, New York, USA 2000
BA (Hons) Counselling Psychology, Greenville University, USA, 1998
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
Level 1 Certified Precision Nutrition Coach, 2019
In training – National Society of Health Coaches Certification


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, couples and young people.

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 primary centre for private counselling, psychotherapy & psychology.

What do I offer?

I am trained to work with a wide range of concerns but I specialise in:

Personal development & self optimisation
Couples / relationship therapy
Mental illness and its impact on families
Anxiety & depression
Health & lifestyle coaching for psychological health
Nutrition coaching for health or sports performance
The relationship between physical and psychological health

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 specialise in exploratory, open-ended psychotherapy that allows personal change to happen organically over time.
  • Couples therapy or relationship coaching using Emotion Focused Therapy and/or person-centred coaching depending upon the couple’s needs.
  • Health & nutrition coaching for personal wellness, psychological health, fitness and longevity.

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.

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.  A growing body of research is emerging on the benefits of improved nutrition and lifestyle in reducting in symptoms of common psychological concerns such as generalised anxiety, low mood and their related symptoms. I offer nutrition & lifestyle coaching as an intervention for improved mental health and resilience, as well as for self-optimisation and athletic performance.

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