My Training, Background & Experience

Antonia Kreeger Counselling
Specialism’s & Qualifications
Types of Therapy:Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling: Clients may be struggling due to unresolved past or present material. This also may be coming from fears about the future. Exploring this helps one to understand and gain a clearer perspective on the present and future.Person-Centred Therapy: Every individual has the potential for growth when shown a non-judgmental respect, acceptance, empathy and honesty. Every person deserves to be happy and sometimes needs the help and encouragement to see this.CBT: The key to change is working with irrational and unjustified thoughts that are leading to depression, anxiety and many other unhelpful feelings. This involves identifying where the thoughts come from and looking at how they may be distorted.

Other more specialised training includes:

Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Personality Disorder, Transactional Analysis, Drugs and Alcohol, Cannabis, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Domestic Violence, Psychoanalysis and Dreams, Sexual minorities, Relationships – Intimacy and Communication

Qualifications:

University Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling

University Diploma in Person Centred and Psychodynamic Counselling

BPS Certified Certificate in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist – Meeting standards of competent, ethical and consistent extensive practice with the Counselling Professional Body BACP Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist.                                                        MBACP Adhere to the strict ethical framework of the BACP.  I adhere to best practice and strict confidentiality of the BACP.  This also means I am committed to Continual Professional Development, which is a necessity and fully regulated by the BACP.

 

Background 
Through my own personal experiences I have gained insight which enables me to empathise with clients, and that has made me the warm and caring counsellor that I am today.I started counselling training due to overcoming my own personal experiences.  I had also seen the benefits counselling had to people around me, and saw how it was becoming more widely used.  I have always been interested in understanding why we make the choices we do and how we can be more fulfilled.   I have been involved in self-development and helping others in many different capacities for over 10 years.It is a huge privilege to be able to listen to and help others.  I continue my training and building my knowledge by doing Continuous Professional Development.  This is so that I can continue to build my experience and knowledge so that I can offer the best help possible.  This is also due to the fast moving and developing world we live in and the importance in keeping up with the most current and researched methods of the current day.
Experience
I work on a short term or long term basis depending on individual needs. This may be as little as 6-12 weeks for more current issues, or leading to longer depending on the complexity of the issue/s. I offer Counselling on a one to one basis either face to face, over the telephone, online or on Skype.As well as in my Private Practice I have extensive experience of Counselling and Psychotherapy seeing clients from a wide range of settings and areas, which gave me invalid experience of working with clients from all ages, sexes, backgrounds, life experiences, and more.  All of this experience exposed me to working with and gaining extensive experiences in so many different and varied areas of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Mental Health.  This is constantly expanding so please get in touch with any further questions you may have.  I have worked and provided Counselling and Psychotherapy for The Medical Express Clinic in Harley Street, Parkbury House Surgery in St Albans, The Holistic Healthy Living Centre in Letchworth, and for the Domestic Violence Charities JWA in Finchley & Sangam in Burnt Oak.As well as working with Domestic Violence I also work with other Traumas, which may include road traffic accidents, drink driving, rape, bereavements, workplace or institution related and more. I can provide assessments, reports, Solicitors letters and other information that may be needed for the Workplace, Institution, Legal Courts and more.I work with Lifeworks & EAPs (Employee Assisted Programmes), which offers counselling for young people and adults that are struggling in the workplace or institution from Stress, Unfair Treatment such as Neglected Appraisals or Redundancy, Harassment, Violence, Bullying, discrimination, addictions, Mental Health such as Depression and Anxiety and many more. I am also a recognized Healthcare Provider for Private Health Insurers including, Aviva Health, Pru Health, Cigna, Simply Health, Exeter Family Friendly, WPA and more, so payment for treatment can be covered. In my training I also had experience of having personal therapy on a one to one basis, as well as participating in a personal development group. This gave me insight into what it feels like to be a client, and I draw on my experiences continuously, which often helps me to understand clients’ anxieties and needs.