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Ms  Annie Gurton

Ms Annie Gurton

Mobile 0423 632 657
Psychotherapist, Relationship Therapist

Certified Couples Counsellor

Mobile 0423 632 657

We all need someone to talk to from time to time. Good therapy can be a complex mix of listening, sometimes being passive, sometimes making non-judgemental observations and sometimes making suggestions. Clients all need different things, and a good therapist is guided by the client. A good therapist holds a safe space where the client can learn to open up and explore past pain and/or present confusion, recover their equilibrium and look to the future positively.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 103A Oliver Street, , Freshwater, Sydney NSW 2096 0423 632 657 PHONE 0423 632 657
  • Qi Yoga Therapy Rooms, First Floor, 9 The Corso, Manly, Sydney NSW 2095 PHONE 0423 632 657 0423 632 657

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Coaching / Mentoring, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Video / Skype 
  • I specialise in Couples Counselling, using the Imago Relationship Therapeutic approach.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Childhood Issues, Communication Issues, Custody and Access, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Eating Disorders, Emotional Crisis, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Obsessive Compulsive, Postnatal Depression, Sexual Abuse, Trauma Recovery, Violence  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Ericksonian, Hypnotherapy, Imago Relationship, Marriage and Family, NLP, Person Centred, Solution Oriented, Systems Theory

    Depending on the client's description of what they feel they need, Annie uses a mix of Freudian psychoanalysis, Rogerian person-centred therapy, Human Givens, Family Constellations, NLP, and refers strongly to Attachment Theory. She practices Imago Dialogue with couples and in group and work situations. While essentially listening deeply to what the client says, Annie is also prepared to give guidance if requested on how to change any toxic deep-seated patterns into a more healthy lifestyle.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • MA Psychotherapy - 2011 - Nottingham Trent (UK)
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology - 2012 - Open University
    • BA (Hons) Humanities - 1994 - Open University
    • Graduate Practitioner of Human Givens - 2008 - Human Givens Institute
    • Graduate Facilitator, Family Constellations - 2008 - Systemic & Family Constellations

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
    • British Psychological Society

    Background

    Annie has been in practice as a Counsellor, Psychological Therapist and Life Coach for many years. She has travelled widely and has had a colourful private life. She says, 'You can't tell me anything that I haven't heard before', and 'Everyone needs someone to talk to from time to time.'

    Appointments

    Monday - Saturday 8am, 9.30, 11am, 12.30 - Sessions last 75 minutes.
    Monday afternoons: Manly at Qi Yoga at 2.15 and 3.45
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 103A, Oliver Street, Freshwater

    Transport and Parking

    Street parking, and walk 50m up a lane adjacent to Harbord Public School. The 136 and 139 buses pass the door.

    Fees

    Sessions last 75 minutes and cost $140 for individuals, and $190 for couples. Longer sessions are available by arrangement.
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    Payment Options

    Payment is by cash or card.



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    10 Questions with Annie Gurton

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • After years of living a rich, full life, I found myself at a cross-roads around the year 2000. Unsure how to proceed or which path to follow, I tentatively explored the role of therapist and counsellor. I found that people responded well to my listening and interventions. Since then I have trained in Human Givens, which is now my main modality. In addition I have several other approaches in my toolbox including Freudian, Adlerian, Rogerian Person-centred, Attachment Theory, Family Constellations, Imago Dialogue, NLP, and I am a Reike Master. I believe in on-going training and supervision, and I am always studying and learning. Since 2000 I have earned a Masters in Psychotherapy, an Honours degree in Psychology and now I am particularly interested in Interpersonal Neurobiology which I find informs my psychotherapeutic work. I am currently considering going on to do a Doctorate in Psychotherapy.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • In my personal journey I have found that Attachment Theory (the work of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth and others) has enabled me to understand how my early childhood environment and experiences has impacted on the rest of my life. Becoming a therapist and being required to be in therapy myself as part of my training has been a great bonus, and I find that now, in my sixties, I have reached a place of calm and peace with the world.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am fascinated by all areas of human emotion and mental well-being, and how to achieve and maintain a happy state. I am particularly interested in the Interpersonal Space, that is, the connection between humans. As technology advances so our understanding of how people connect and affect each other is becoming increasingly clear. We now know how we influence each other, and how that interpersonal neurobiology can be used positively.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • The Human Givens is a down-to-earth real-life approach without any psychobabble. When I discuss with clients the simple reasons why they may be feeling anxious, depressed, have addictions or are just plain confused or unhappy, an explanation of the Human Givens makes so much sense. Then, having identified which of their innate resources may be mis-firing or their needs are not being met, we work together over a relatively short time to make some slight changes which invariably lead to a more satisfying life.
      For clients who are confused by feelings which are very deep-seated, I find that Attachment Theory often helps to understand early-life patterning. Milton Erickson's work is a profound key to unlock the unconscious, and I often (but not always) use relaxation strategies with clients, combined with metaphorical storytelling.
      I often use Family Constellations in the therapy room, although it usually works more profoundly in a group situation with more people able to act as representatives of those in our transgenerational past whose traumas have been passed down and still affect us today. But in an individual session Family Constellations can be equally effective at helping us to see how our ancestors have affected us today, and what burdens we carry from traumas of the past. And then shifting them.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • I am not a believer in long-drawn out therapy unless a client is finding that through long, deep work they are making good progress. I like to take a solution-focussed approach, and I like to see clients feeling an improvement after the first session. Although they may experience a range of emotions during the sessions, they invariably leave each meeting in a calmer and more optimistic mood.
      Some clients I see for two or three sessions only. I have clients that I have been seeing on and off for years. Most clients come to see me for a few initial sessions and then return to me whenever they find life has again thrown them a curved ball.
      I tell people to regard me as a Doctor or a Dentist: once I have the background story they can just return to me whenever they feel the need, for a checkup or a treatment, over the years ahead.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • My own personal therapy, combined with the intense life experiences that I have gone through, have made me able to understand what it feels like to be angry, anxious, depressed, grieving, lonely and sad. Therapy and my own personal life environment has enabled me to empathise deeply with clients and their stories. I realise that everyone is different and everyone has something special about them which is quite beautiful.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • It would be corny to say that 'I like to help people' but it is true that whenever a client says that after a few sessions they are feeling so much better, that their life seems clearer and they are enjoying themselves again, I also feel better.
      Sometimes the journey I go through with a client is long and has some difficult work, but I seem to be able to form strong alliances with clients so that they do not feel so alone. As they improve and feel more empowered, I also become stronger and lighter, and this seems to also be reflected back to the clients.
      I feel very blessed and fortunate to have found this work, which suits me and which I seem to have a talent for.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Everyone's life is full of ups and downs, good days and bad, hard times and good. Everyone needs to talk to someone else from time to time, and an uninvolved professional can often just say a few choice words which can positively alter the way we view a situation.
      It is human to experience suffering, but being able to take one's personal troubles and turn them into a learning experience so that I can aid others is a very special privilege.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • I see more loneliness in the world today, as more people live alone, are alienated from their families, or are surrounded by people yet are unable to share their innermost thoughts.
      Technology is, as always, a blessing and a curse. In some ways we are more connected than ever before yet there are also more isolated people, unable to draw on the life experiences of elders.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I often recommend clients to read a book called 'Becoming Attached' by Robert Karen which explains simply how our childhood experiences affects us as adults.
      I also suggest a book called 'Women who Love Too Much' by Robin Norwood for those who find that they lose themselves in relationships.
      I am an avid fan of movies and modern art, particularly sculpture, and also modern dance. I am often moved by the beauty of these art forms, and also of the nature all around us.
      'The Observing Self' by Deikman and 'Mans Search for Meaning' by Frankl are not easy reads but are profound at helping us to understand our fundamental needs and resources.
      I am always reading and studying, and love to be constantly challenged intellectually.
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    Ms  Annie Gurton

    Annie Gurton

    Psychotherapist, Relationship Therapist

    Annie is fully qualified with years of experience. She takes an integrated humanistic approach to help clients heal. She holds a gentle, safe space where individuals, couples and families can explore their feelings and thoughts. She communicates well. Annie sees individuals for all kinds of emotional pain, but also works with couples to help them move from conflict to communication. She also guides & supports those who have decided on Conscious Uncoupling from their relationship....

    • Freshwater, Manly
    • Ericksonian, Hypnotherapy, Imago Relationship, Marriage and Family, NLP, Person Centred, Solution Oriented, Systems Theory