About Anja Schulze
LOCATION: Palmeira Square
AVAILABILITY: Monday afternoon, Friday evening
PRICE: £40-50 per session
Loneliness & Isolation
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Depression & Anxiety
Issues around Difference and Diversity
Anja has a postgraduate diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapeutic counselling from The University of Brighton, as well as a diploma in Online Counselling from OCST. She is a registered member of the BACP with over 400 hours of client experience and abides by their code of ethics.
Alongside her private practice, she has worked for various charitable organisations. These include LGBT Switchboard, an organisation committed to offering a safe space for people from the LGBT community. 3rd Age Counselling, offering low cost or free counselling to the isolated and elderly. Brighton Women's Centre, offering well-being services and safe group spaces for women in need.
Anja trained as a psychodynamic practitioner, a strand of counselling that places great importance on providing a safe and secure space in which the client can feel comfortable enough to express themselves, recognises that both conscious and unconscious feelings shape our response to difficult issues, and believes that the relationship between counsellor and client is at the heart of the work. You will always be heard and supported along the way, and together we will develop tools and methods that suit your individual needs.
Although her background is informed by psychodynamic theory, she does not have just one way of working. She also likes to work creatively – by utilising music, art, writing and dreams – as it will offer you different ways to express yourself when talking is too difficult or just not the right way to make yourself heard.
Originally from Germany, she is happy to provide counselling in both English and German.
Loneliness and isolation
During her work as a counsellor, Anja has worked with many clients experiencing loneliness and isolation. It is a common symptom of the fast paced, ever-changing world we live in and the sense of competition and insecurity this creates, affecting people of all ages.
Anja knows that psychodynamic counselling helps to resolve two of the core issues of loneliness and isolation. Initially, counselling offers a connection between two people in a space that is safe and confidential, allowing you to express yourself in your own time while always being heard. Furthermore, it is an excellent place to discover where those feelings have come from and assist in dealing with them accordingly.
Together, client and counsellor can develop tools that will help the client break the cycle; whether that is through methods of communication (“Why do I feel I cannot share my worries with friends/family?” “What do I expect might happen if I do?” “How could I share what’s on my mind in a way that still feels safe?”) or through practical guidance (recommendations for other social or therapeutic groups, local well-being services and offers).
As a practitioner who knows how the experience of different relationships between people can have a strong impact at the individual level, Anja uses attachment theory as well as her background in psychodynamic practice to explore and understand existing patterns of relating. This will help shed a light on why certain family issues are being repeated and how those first experiences of bonding are affecting friendships or romantic relationships to this day.
Through her work at LGBT Switchboard, Anja knows that people identifying as LGBTQ+ are more likely to face additional issues, such as homelessness, discrimination (from outside and within the community), sexual and physical violence and body dysmorphia, and have often had experience of labelling or pathologising from mental health professionals. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community herself, Anja would, therefore, like to especially extend a warm, safe and non-judgemental environment for other members of the community.
Therapeutic Writing & Creative Interventions
Therapeutic writing can be a tool to explore a certain theme in counselling, and it can be a way of supporting yourself between weekly counselling sessions or it can be a starting point when talking itself is too difficult.
Therapeutic writing in counselling is a collaborative experience, as some time is spent at first deciding on what both counsellor and client want out of the exercise.
Writing itself can take place during the session, before or after. You may want to read a piece to the counsellor directly, you may want them to read your piece in silence or send it to them to read before the session.
By engaging with therapeutic writing through counselling, you are given the space to reflect about what you have written if you so wish and to gain more insight, as sometimes the act of reading something out loud can make you realise things you hadn’t realised before. And since you are in a safe, secure space any troubling thoughts or feelings that might arise through writing can be supported.
If you feel that writing does not suit you, other creative interventions such as the use of music, art or dreams could be of use to you. If you feel uncomfortable expressing yourself musically or through drawing, a first step can be to discuss in the room a particular song or piece of art that is important to you. Likewise, discussing a dream that you have had can prove a helpful tool in uncovering your own and sometimes unconscious emotions and motivations, internal conflicts or expectations and wishes you did not know you had.
Anja's articles in expertise and resources
Available for appointments
Monday afternoon and Friday evening at Palmeira Square.