About Anne Williams

- your therapist

Christian Background

I have been a Christian since the age of 14. I have attended a variety of churches – Anglican, Baptist, evangelical, and house churches in the UK, France and Cameroon. The denomination has been less important to me than being part of a church with teaching firmly rooted in the Bible, following Jesus as Saviour and believing in the work of the Holy Spirit today. Most recently, I was a member of St Paul’s Church, Kingston Hill in South-West London, for 17 years where I was a leader of the prayer ministry team. Following a house move to Hampton for family reasons, I now go to Riverside Vineyard Church in Feltham. I continue to be involved in prayer ministry. I have run workshops and courses on managing stress, anxiety and depression and on Christian mindfulness at St Paul’s, Kingston Hill and Riverside Vineyard.

Therapeutic Qualifications and Experience

I use a blend of therapeutic approaches in my work with clients, depending on their needs.  I draw on cognitive and behavioural therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy.  Christians are sometimes wary of hypnosis, wrongly believing that hypnosis is ‘New Age’ and involves emptying the mind, leaving it vulnerable to evil influence.  This is far from the truth.  In fact, hypnosis helps you to focus your mind on helpful ideas and uses visualisation and mental rehearsal to make it easier for you to change your thinking and behaviour, where this is causing you problems.  In spite of what you sometimes see on television or read about in books, nobody can hypnotise you to do anything you would not ordinarily be willing to do.  If you have any concerns, please contact me and I will be happy to explain the scientific basis for hypnosis and why it is so helpful.

I have a diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy and I am an accredited NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Coach.  I have done additional specialist training in mindfulness, therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and in hypnosis for childbirth.  I have increasingly specialised in helping clients overcome anxiety, depression and sleep problems, because I find it especially rewarding to see the transformations that these clients can achieve.

My Approach

Therapy is a collaborative process. I see my role as guiding you to achieve the changes you want to make, but ultimately you are responsible for making those changes and have an important role in shaping your therapy. I underpin my therapy with prayer, bringing in Biblical truth as appropriate, and guidance from God.

My aim is always to equip clients with skills that you can use to help with the issue you want to deal with, and which will be useful in other areas of your life. This could include, for example, relaxation techniques, stress management, assertiveness skills or self-organisation.

Please get in touch to see how I can help you!

Personal Background

Before beginning my career as a therapist, I was working as a business and personal coach, specialising in people management and development and career change. I have a background in Human Resources, originally working for British Telecom in a variety of personnel roles and as a management trainer. After 18 months’ voluntary work with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Cameroon, I worked as a business advisor, helping organisations implement best practice in people management and development, and working as an assessor for the Investors in People national quality standard. I am married and a proud Mum to two daughters in their twenties.

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