Anna Maplesden is a BACP Accredited Integrative Counsellor and Training Facilitator with over ten years of experience in bringing a blend of knowledge, authenticity, clarity and compassion to empower individuals and groups to overcome challenging times to improve their wellness.
Anna has tailored her interventions by drawing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, including Trauma-Focused CBT, person-centred and Psychodynamic approaches. Anna is currently running a private practice supporting male clients with a workplace or personal life traumatic events, change, loss and bereavement. Her speciality is bereavement by suicide and complicated grief.
In recent years, Anna co-authored and was the Lead Facilitator on a multi* award-winning coaching programme within the emergency services to increase Leaders self-awareness and support communication when handling conversations with employees about mental health in the workplace. The aim was to create a safe peer environment to share the challenges, reduce Leaders isolation and capture best practice to promote early intervention and reduce absence.
In the last 12 months, Anna successfully transitioned an in-house counselling service to online provision and implemented a strategy to deliver 100 live-being workshops online by managing a team of multi-disciplinary facilitators to over 2k employees covering various topics to support both mental and physical wellbeing for home and work.
Workplace wellbeing specialist/facilitator on trauma, loss, and change to reduce absenteeism and presenteeism.
They are developing compassionate Leaders, as Anna believes that early intervention and sensitively managed conversations about wellbeing with employees requires a slightly different communication skills-set.
Developing a culture of values-based Leadership – how can a Leader be more of the Leader he/she aspires to be – more of the time? Most care, but it’s the organisational demands and stress that often result in employees feeling like tick-boxes.
BA Hons (1st) Counselling (Integrative); University of Greenwich
Time-Limited Trauma-Focused CBT; Dr Noreen Tehrani
Implementing Peer Support; Defusing & Demobilising for Traumatic Events (Train the Trainer), Oscar Kilo, National Police Wellbeing Service
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for the Workplace (Train the Trainer), Dr Paul Flaxman, University of London
Advanced Diploma in Counselling, Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy, National Counselling Society
Why Recovery Through Nature (RTN)?
I want to work with dynamic professionals I can support, learn from and discuss exciting topics within philosophy and psychotherapy.
Spiritually it feels good, and I can’t quite articulate that but essentially the opportunity for deeper reflection; to be part of something bigger; to feel connected with something that is beautiful; awesome and has a purpose (the opposite to hectic, disconnected; de-value; toxic news and social media influences).
I know from many clients that building in some physical movement and having that change of scene helps them recover from mental health problems. In the majority of the groups I have worked with, we built-in exercises to help people explore their relationship with movement, nature and what’s become disconnected, striving towards more balance, meaning and purpose