Adolescent Wellbeing is managed by Annie Burton MBACP (Accred). Annie has over 20 years experience of working with young people during which she has developed a true and deep understanding of their world.
She started working as a Teaching Assistant in 1999 and soon realised had a natural ability to offer empathy and understanding to those who were going through difficult and emotional times. Her training as a counsellor started in 2008 and after 4 years, became a full member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). In June 2017 she became an Accredited member of the BACP.
She worked as a secondary school counsellor for 7 years offering one to one and group therapy for young people aged 11 – 18yrs. Some of the work she has done has been quite complex but with extensive training and knowledge, is competent and confident in working with such cases.
Annie offers a safe, warm and friendly space for young people to feel relaxed, heard, valued and respected. One of her key strengths, is being able to step into the world of a distressed teenager and be by their side so they don't feel alone. Being able to offer empathy, honesty and total respect is key to building a trusting relationship.
“Thanks to you I can now look in the mirror and not be ashamed, I can work my way through panic attacks, I can accept and try to look at situations in a positive way, but most importantly, I can accept myself for who I am. There are no words to explain what you have done for me but you really have made living my life so much easier when I didn’t feel I could go on anymore” LS
“I really can’t thank you enough for listening, caring and supporting. You’ve been my lighthouse in what seemed like a very dark sea and I don’t know where I’d be without you”
"I am very passionate about the work I do with young people, I strive to offer the right conditions so they can reach their full potential. I believe young people need a gentle approach where they feel accepted, not judged in any way, feel comfortable and relaxed whilst working with me.
I am very warm and friendly and able to relate to a young person on their level. My gentle approach means young people can work at their own pace and bring their difficulties into the counselling room when they are ready to do so."