Works as Counsellor/Psychotherapist at First Psychology Centre, Edinburgh.
Ana is especially interested in working with existential and identity issues. She's also particularly experienced in working with complex trauma or survivors of childhood sexual abuse as well as with attachment difficulties in both young people and adults.
Ana's way of workingAna brings curiosity, empathy, and insights to her counselling/psychotherapy work to help clients find meaning in their experiences when they feel stuck in a loop or like life is lacking joy. She draws on her background in psychology and philosophy as well as on psychoanalytic and object-relations ideas which attempt to link experiences in the present with early childhood and family experiences. Ana's core training is in the psychodynamic approach to therapy, however she tailors her approach to meet each client's unique needs and preferences and often integrates elements from person-centred therapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapies and transpersonal concepts where she feels they may be helpful. When working with families Ana offers Family Systemic Therapy.
Ana's background and trainingAna has experience working therapeutically in a range of settings including in a school's counselling service, for voluntary organisations, and in private practice.
Ana has a Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling (HDS, Glasgow); an MA (hons) in Psychology and Philosophy (University of Edinburgh), and a Certificate in Counselling Skills (Centre of Therapy and Counselling Studies). In addition, Ana has a Foundation in CBT for Children and Young People (Edinburgh University) and she is working towards a Foundation Level in Family Systemic Therapy (Family Therapy Training Network).
Ana is fluent in Croatian and is happy to work with clients who feel more comfortable speaking in this language.
Ana is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).