About Me

Ann-Marie James Psychotherapist

What are your qualifications & experience?

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counselling, New York, New York, 2000
  • BACP Accredited since 2009 (Member 566602)
  • Co-Director & Co-Founder of Mind Garden Therapy Ltd since 2010, Reading’s largest centre for psychological therapies
  • Over 15 years’ experience in counselling & psychotherapy
  • Certified Level 1 Coach with Precision Nutrition, 2019
  • Certificate in Relationship Counselling, Marriage Care, 2010
  • Certificate in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, 2012
  • Advanced Certificate in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, 2012
  • Certificate in Multi-Systemic Family Therapy, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts in Counselling Psychology with Honours, Greenville University, USA 1998
  • Working toward certification with the National Society of Health Coaches (USA) & the UK Health Coaches Association

I routinely pursue a range of professional development in various specialist areas which currently include a special interest in the interplay between nutrition, physiology and psychological well being.

I have worked in various clinics, hospitals, and charitable organisations providing counselling to adults, couples and families since 2001 both in the UK and America. I have also undergone many years of personal psychotherapy which I believe is a critical element of training for all practitioners.

Do you have any specialisations?

Yes, my specialist areas include:

  • Mind-body concerns (psychosomatic disorders)
  • The impact of lifestyle and nutrition on psychological wellbeing and mental health
  • Spirituality & religious concerns
  • Relationship difficulties including adjustment to divorce, separation, changes in primary relationships
  • Mental illness & the impact on family
  • Adult relationships in families (adult siblings / parents & grown children, etc.)

When do you have appointments available?

Appointments are currently only available online due to the COVID-19 Crisis. Appointments are available Tuesday daytime & evening, Wednesday evening & Friday afternoon.

Where is your office?

I work at Mind Garden Therapy, 56 London Street, in central Reading. The centre is about a 7 minute walk from Reading train station and adjacent to the Oracle Car Park. View an online map.

How much does therapy cost?

£60 for adults (50 minute sessions), £85 for couples or families (hour long sessions).

Nutrition & Health coaching packages can be viewed here.

Do you accept private health insurance?

Yes, for counselling and psychotherapy provision I am registered with AXA/PPP, WPA, Aviva & Vitality.