I am Annie Wilson, Counsellor & Psychotherapist MBAC (Accred)
I am a person of two parts…………. I have my love of nature and spiritual beliefs which is balanced by my scientific rational side and my passion for learning about neuroscience and traumatology, both of which I bring into my psychotherapy practice.
I have my love of nature and spiritual beliefs which is balanced by my scientific rational side and my passion for learning about neuroscience and traumatology, both of which I bring into my psychotherapy practice….. I am especially interested in Peter Levine’s work and Stephen Porges Polyvagal theory and apply this into my practice.
My love of animals and nature has led me to explore the ways in which I can include the healing spirit of nature in my work as a counsellor and psychotherapist. For issues which are really difficult to put into words we may work with the creative arts, sand tray, mindfulness and sometimes in the outdoors amongst nature itself.
As a psychotherapist my work may include medium to long term therapy helping those with trauma be it childhood emotional, sexual, physical or verbal abuse, accident, violence, victim of crime, terminal illness and sudden bereavement. I currently only have capacity for short term work (6 week blocks).
Often people suffering from trauma may experience insomnia, anxiety, stress, flashbacks, loss of self esteem and self loathing, feelings of deep sadness, guilt and anger, emotional detachment or self meditating through drugs or alcohol.
As an experienced trauma psychotherapist I can help you gently tune in to your bodies natural responses to trauma, responses which you may be totally unaware are happening. Once tuned in you can start to have control over how your body reacts to events and thus control over your thoughts and behaviour.
If you have issues regarding PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, generalised anxiety, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, bipolar, family difficulties, seasonal affective disorder I may also be able to help you. To the right side of this page are a number of topics, click on any to learn more.
As a humanistic counsellor my belief is that we all have within us the ability to heal ourselves and it is my goal as counsellor to help facilitate your own healing process, and to provide you with tools to continue that process.
I am a Sand Tray Therapist and a professionally qualified counsellor integrating a variety of theoretical approaches such as Gestalt, CBT and TA. I may also include Body orientated and Transpersonal work within our counselling sessions. I also specialise in Trauma Focused CBT.
My interest in complex PTSD and our response to trauma has led me to attend many trauma focused CPD events as you can see below:
Continued Professional Development - 2023/2024
Our Polyvagal World – Stephen Porges/Seth Porges
UKPTS January 2024 – Annual Conference – “Trauma Care: Towards and Integrated Approach.
The Master Series – Oxford 2023
31st Aug – 3rd Sept 2023
1.Legacy Talks Live: van der Kolk, Levine, Porges Together At Oxford University
2.Trauma & Safety In The Context Of Current Day Issues – Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Bessel van der Kolk, Deb Dana
3.The Mind-body Connection: Approaches To Trauma Healing – Bessel van der Kolk
4.Come To Your Senses – The Neuroscience Of Expanded Awareness In The Healing Of Trauma – Bessle van der Kolk, Licia Sky
5.Humanual® – How Trauma Affects Support, Suspension, And Breath – Betsy Polatin
6.Finding Our Play Zone – A Neurophysiological Approach To Optimizing Our Resilience & Performance – Michael Allison, Mathilde Shisko
7.Navigating the Quest for Connection – A Polyvagal guide to co regulation – Deb Dana
8.Conversation around Pain: Chronic Pain & Medically unexplained symptoms – Wayne Kampers, Stephen Porges, Mel Pohl, Susan Carter
9.The Trauma Immune Equation: Calculating A Body Trauma Score & Integrative 11.Holistic Approach back to wholeness – Aimie Apigian
10.Re-organising the Neurocircuity of the brain with Neuro feedback – Bessel van der Kolk, Licia Sky, Dawn Harris, Bernhard Wandernoth, Meike Wiedemann
- the Honeymoon Phase of the Psychedelic Landscape – Ben Sess, David Nutt, Bessel van der Kolk, Licia Sky, Gita Vaid, Richard Schwartz
12 IFS Therapy: What have we learned and where are we going – Richard Schwartz
ESTSS Sept ’23 – Distinguishing developmental trauma from other conditions – Assessment and measurement
Mind Body Breakthrough: Basic Neuroscience of Autism
Conquering Shame and Co-dependency `(Lancer)
The Intrusive Thoughts Toolkit – quick releif for obsessive, unwanted, or disturbing thoughts.
Continued Professional Development - 2022
Dec 22/Jan 23
National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (nicabm) – Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma: Peter Levine, Bessel Van der Kolk, Stephen Porges, Ruth Lanis, Pat Ogden, Thema Bryant Davis, Bethany Brand, Deb Dana, Janina Fisher, Kathy Steele, Ruth Lanis, Richard Schwartz, Martha Sweezy, William Nash, Terry Real
- Strategies to treat patients trapped in freeze response
- How to identify and treat dissociation
- How to work with emergence defence responses to trauma (beyond fight/flight/freeze model)
- How to ease the pain of trauma induced shame
- How to work with patients whose trauma triggers problems in their current relationships
- Bodily impulses
- Parents who dissociate
- Dissociation in relationships
- Polyvagal approaches to dissociation
- Polyvagal and emerging responses
- Child abuse and neglect
- Sex trafficking
- Social engagement system
- Repair family ruptures
- Polyvagal and Neuroregulation
- Relationships and somatic interventions
- Relationships and IFS
19 – 21st June International Conference on Functional Neurological Disorders Webinar (FND)
20th April European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies: Trauma-spectrum disorders in acute and post-acute phases;
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)
Narrative Integrated Stabilisation (NASTI)
Continued Professional Development - 2021
The Brain’s Way of Healing (book) – Norman Doidge
The Wisdom of Trauma (Film)- Dr Gabor Mate
Trauma and the Nervous System from the Polyvagal Theory perspective – Interview Stephen Porges & Dr Gabor Mate
Trauma & the Somatic Connection – interview Peter Levine & Dr Gabor Mate
Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program (book) Christopher Germer/Kirstin Neff
The Mindfulness solution to pain (book) – Dr Jackie Gardner-Nix
Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) – Certification – Unyte advisor Dr Liz Charles
Continued Professional Development - 2020
Virtual Trauma Sumit: Polyvagal Theory – Stephen Porges
pesi: Polyvagal Theory in Action – Creating Safety and Connection with Trauma Clients – Deb Dana
Applied Mindfulness – Polyvagal Mindfulness
College of life – ACE’s training online
National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (nicabm) Why the Vagal System Hold the Key to the Treatment of Trauma Stephen Porges
Continued Professional Development - 2010-2019
PODS (1 day workshop) – Working with Shame
National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (nicabm) :Treating Trauma Master Series:
Ruth Buczynski Pat Ogden Peter Levine Dan Siegel Bessel van der Kolk. Ruth Lanius Stephen Porges Allan Schore
- The Neurobiology of Trauma
- The Neurobiology of Attachment
- How to work with Traumatic Memory that is embedded in the Nervous System
- How to help clients tolerate dysregulation and come back from Hypoarousal:
- How to Work with the limbic system to reverse the physiological imprint of trauma:
- How Trauma Impacts the Major Brain Networks
- How to work with emotional and procedural memory in the case of preverbal trauma
- How to help clients who are stuck in a Trauma Response
London Trauma Specialists: Dr Georgina Clifford ( 1 day workshop)
Facilitating a Trauma-focused Therapy Group Intervention for Complex PTSD
ISC International: ( 3 day conference): Attachment & Trauma Conference: Relationships, Consciousness & the Developing Self
- Marco Iacoboni: “What we talk about when we talk about bottom up and top down brain processes: Like a thought that is also a feeling.
- Orit Badouk Epstein: The Development of the self in the presence of a Scaregiver
- Bruce Ecker: Complex Attachment Trauma meets memory reconsolidation
- Daniel P Brown: The Attachment Project
- Stephen W Porges: The Emergence of a Polyvagal-Informed Therapy
- Dr Marilyn Glenville: The Role Nutrition Plays in Healing from Trauma
- Alessandro Carmelita/Marina Cirio: Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy
- Ruth Lanius: Healing the Traumatized Self
- Onno van der Hart: Severe Attachment Trauma manifesting in complex dissociation
October 2018: Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Janina Fisher (2 day workshop)
9th May 2018: Sleep Haven Technique – supporting people with nightmares and sleep disturbance
October 2017: Compassionate Mind Foundation’s International Conference
- 1 day workshop : DBT-PTSD – An evidence based CFT informed approach to treat Complex PTSD
- 2 day conference: Symposium 1: A compassionate approach to Gender Identity, Diversity and Equality, Symposium 2: Compassion as an Integrating Psychotherapy Process, Symposium 3: Groups Approaches, Symposium 4: Innovation in CFT
- The Role of Compassion in the treatment of PTSD
- Compassion can be cultivated by Everyone
- From Neurobiology to Culture – fostering sustainable wisdom and compassion
- Compassionate approaches to working with voices in Psychosis
- Compassion and Body Focused approaches to working with Attachment and Trauma
23rd June 2017: PODS – Child Sexual Abuse – Hope for Healing
20th 21st March 2017 Annual General Conference UKPTS Belfast – Trauma, Conflict and Resolution
29th March 2017: The development & facilitation of an Emotion and Memory group Programme for the treatment of complex PTSD
30th March 2017: Coordinated response for psychological care of survivors of terrorist attacks.
August 2016: ESTSS Certificate in Psychotraumatology completed (Advanced Training in working with PTSD and the effects of Trauma)
24th June 2016 Resilience, Secondary Trauma and Post Trauma Growth – British Psychological Society
11/12th April 2016 Annual General Regional Conference UKPTS Edinburgh
3/4th Dec 2015Annual General Regional Conference of UKPTS Cardiff
ESTSS Certificate in Psychotraumatology modules:
EMDR Anger, Resentment & Revenge Protocol
Child and Adolescent Trauma
Psychological Therapy for PTSD & Comorbid drug/alcohol misuse
………..Treatment of Traumatic Stress Reactions in Children
………..Resilience, Secondary Trauma and Post Trauma Growth
Aug/Sept 2015 British Mindfulness Institute – 8 week online Mindfulness & Meditation Course
20/21st April 2015 Annual Regional Conference UKPTS London
1/2/3rd Dec 2014 Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre –PTSD Assessment, Formulation & Integrating Theory with Practice
Working with Trauma Memories – using Enhanced Reliving & Other Narrative approaches to Work with Trauma Memories within the Context of Adult PTSD
Cognitive Therapy for PTSD – working with unhelpful Appraisals and Images
20/21st October 2015 Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre – Concept of Trauma – beyond PTSD
Trauma, Trauma Memory and the Brain
12/13th July 2014 Annette Schwalbe Bristol – Body Mapping Intensive
17th May 2014 PODS Exeter – Living and Working with Dissociation
26/27/28 February 2014 Dr Mary Welford Exeter – Intro to Theory and Practice of Compassion Focused Therapy
20th November 2013 Compass Therapy Centre – Intro Compassion Focused Therapy
Aug/Sept 2013 Rowcroft Hospice, – Bereavement & Befriending Volunteer Training
31st May 2013 BACP – BACP Certificate of Proficiency
18th May 2013 Limbus Devon – Language and Trauma – Valerie Sinason
22/23rd September 2012 Lila Institute , Devon – The Role of Play in Awakening Being
25th May 2012 Isle of Avalon Foundation – An Intro to Spiritual Counselling
27th May 2011 CAHMS Torbay – Intro to Autism and ADHD
20th Oct 2010 – CAHMS Torbay – Stress and Trauma Resolution
- Foundation in Counselling (TA based)
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Integrative)
- Diploma in Sand Tray Therapy
- Compassion Focused Therapy – Introduction to Theory and Practice
- Certificate of Psychotraumatology
This is not just a “talking” therapy but a listening and sensing therapy too.
I offer a confidential, relaxed and comfortable environment within the beautiful surroundings of Torbay, Devon.
Please take a good look around my website after which I hope you will feel better informed about counselling in general and have a good idea about the way in which we may work together.
This in turn may help you decide whether you would like to take the next step for either yourself, someone you care about, a client or a patient and contact me to arrange an informal half hour free session.
If you wish to learn more about Sand Tray, working with the Creative Arts, Mindfulness, Visualisation and Meditation and Eco therapy please click on the tabs above.
If you live in or around Torbay, the South Hams or surrounding areas and feel your life could benefit from professional counselling and an understanding approach to your problems, please don’t hesitate to call or email. I look forward to hearing from you.