About Us

Who We Are

Anchor Counselling and Psychotherapy is an association of professional counsellors and psychotherapists founded by Directors John Barrett and Sarah Hamilton. Each therapist works independently, taking full clinical responsibility for their own clients – but inspired by and committed to the same principles of Excellence, Compassion and Accessibility in therapy.

What Makes Us Different

The most effective counselling is creative, intuitive, and highly personalised to the needs of each client – it can’t be done from a manual. This means that to offer excellent therapy, we need to have the very best therapists. Our careful selection procedure therefore ensures that every member of Anchor:

  • Is rigorously trained, clinically experienced, and committed to ethical practice.
  • Brings personal maturity and a wealth of life experience to their work.
  • Has studied a range of counselling styles, so they can work flexibly according to the needs of each client.
  • Has worked with a wide range of issues, enabling them to understand problems from a broader and more holistic perspective.

Our Guiding Principles

Excellence: We are dedicated to providing the very best in counselling and psychotherapy, delivered with an extremely high level of professionalism. All our therapists are registered with one of the main professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy, and abide by stringent professional codes of ethics.

Compassion: Compassion, for us, is about recognising our common humanity and potential frailty in the face of life’s challenges. And it’s also about our passionate belief in the positive potential of counselling, which we have seen time and again enabling people to rediscover their natural strengths and get back on track.

Accessibility: We are committed to improving accessibility for high-quality counselling. We therefore offer a number of places in all our locations on a low-cost basis, for those on low incomes. Additionally, many of our therapists offer sessions by Skype for those who are unable to attend regular face-to-face sessions.