Anne Townson - Mind, Body & Spirit Therapist

Anne Townson - Mind, Body & Spirit Therapist


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About me

Hello and welcome,

Are you someone who struggles with their weight?  I've just posted on a so called slimming site on Face Book, I say so called because there were 698 posts from people not having lost weight or put weight back on.  What I said to them, is what I will say here - you first have to get your mind in shape and then your body will follow!  You don't struggle losing weight, YOU struggle to let go of it - there's a difference. Your subconscious mind (90%) not your conscious mind (10%) controls your body.  So it doesn't matter how much will power you have, if you hold a belief in your subconscious mind about you're not being good enough, deserving enough, being ugly, being unlovable then that is the story that will come to the surface and sabotage any chance of losing weight.  If this is you then I can help you.  I've been there and I know what it's like, but now I also know how to keep that monster under control.  I control my mind and not let my mind control me.  Please visit my website  I use all of my training to help my clients reach their goal.  You have to focus on what you want and not on what you don't want.

I’m a holistic therapist who relates to my clients as three dimensional human beings (mind, body and spirit), not merely someone with an “issue”.  I use all of my training in person centred counselling, life coaching, hypnotherapy and energy balancing Reiki to help my clients reach their full potential in whatever way that I can.  I truly believe in the power of the mind and as such teach my clients how to control their mind and not let their mind control them.  Everything in your life is as a result of a learnt behaviour and we can change those behaviours and change your life.  Fundamentally I focus on inner child work, which is another term for addressing the subconscious mind where all our values, beliefs, fears and emotional snapshots are held.  When a thought triggers an emotion then our inner child REACTS.  When a thought triggers an emotion, that we then pass back to our mind then the adult (conscious mind) TAKES ACTION. Everything that you feel you are suffering from at this moment in time is as a result of your inner child - I can guarantee it.

Consider this - metaphorically speaking do you have a hole in your bucket? Picture the bucket as your heart with a hole in it and no matter how much you try to fill it with external, material things they just aren't able to fill the hole sufficiently in order for you to feel full or filled (fulfilled) for an indefinite length of time. Instead whatever you need pours out of the hole and you have to start all over again - is it any wonder that you're exhausted mentally, emotionally and physically.

Have you tried everything and run out of ideas on how to fill it or do you have a block that is telling you that you are not worth the effort. Well I'm here to tell you that you are worth it and to teach you how to make sure that all those holes in your bucket are filled with love for yourself until it is overflowing - then sit back and watch how your life changes!  Please visit my personal website

Let me help you learn how to parent your inner child in the way that you probably never experienced in reality and watch how you not only grow emotionally, but make massive changes in your life as a result.

Best wishes,

Anne Townson

Training, qualifications & experience

I believe that I have a unique practice like no other, consisting of:

Person-Centred Counselling

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).  I'm someone who feels passionately about the benefits of counselling. I understand that everyone needs someone to talk to at times. Those times when we don't want to burden family or friends with our problems, when talking to them just doesn't feel appropriate, when it feels like you have no one at all to turn to, or simply don't know where or how to start. That's where I come in! I'm a neutral person who will listen to you and not talk at you, who will be empathic not sympathetic, who will try to understand not condemn and who will endeavor to help you try to help yourself.

I've worked with clients in a women's refuge and everything that entails - emotional, physical and mental abuse, together with the issues that generally go along with those things used as coping mechanisms; namely alcohol and drug addiction.

Other issues I encountered whilst working at a counselling centre in Preston were marital / sexual problems, infertility, low self esteem, work issues, family relationships, depression / suicidal thoughts, abortion, sadly the list is endless.

Before going into practice for myself I spent time volunteering at a primary school in a deprived area of Burnley working for Place2Be. Children who use Place2Be's services are more likely to be from disadvantaged backgrounds, and to have special educational needs and pre-existing emotional and behavioural difficulties. That's where I was trained in Play Therapy.

Latterly I've spent 12 months working for Lancashire Care Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust at one of their secure mental health units.

Parts Therapy

Imagine your"self" as being the core of you. Your"self" is your inner being, your true essence. That core part of you lives in the living room of your home, whilst down in the basement are all other aspects of your life experiences - anger, resentment, fear, hopelessness, joy, love, hate etc, etc. One day while you're in the living room there's a knock on the front door and when you answer it something happens to invite a part of you up from the basement. In other words someone or something has "pushed your buttons" and you are reacting to it. So your"self" and this other aspect of you are now in a dialogue in the living room. When there's only two of you, then the chances are that your"self" will eventually settle down the other part that is now playing out a scenario. What happens, however, if more than the one part decides to put in an appearance in the living room and your"self" is overwhelmed? Parts Therapy involves actually being able to visualise the other aspect that your"self" is dealing with. When we do this then we are better able to stay in control of a situation. We learn to be aware of all aspects of our"selves", so that they don't creep up on us out of no where. Please refer to my dedicated page for more information.

Life Coaching

Whilst Counselling is primarily about looking back at issues in your life, Life Coaching focuses on how to move forward. It could be that something happened in your past that is holding you back or you're feeling unfulfilled in some aspect of your life, but don't know how to make the necessary changes. As a qualified Life Coach and Professional Counsellor I can combine my skills to help you overcome whatever may be hindering your progress. The two complement each other perfectly.


Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does involve the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist's voice. In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed.

Phobias of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from panic attacks or obsessional compulsive behaviour, and stress-related problems like insomnia, may benefit.  Weight loss is particularly successful as we deal with the subconscious mind and all the controlling behaviours and beliefs that are held there.  We replace negative emotions with positive emotions and re-create the story that you tell yourself about yourself.

Intuitive / Reiki Healing

There are moments in all of our lives when we feel the need to switch off in order to rejuvenate. Particularly if attending for Counselling or Life Coaching. When going through emotional times, we need to replenish ourselves in some way. Healing provides a calming and serene environment, which allows you to stop the "chatter" in your mind and totally relax.

All aspects of my work are governed by ethical guidelines and confidentiality.

I work either face-to-face or via Skype, Zoom,, Zippy, WhatsApp or Facetime whichever you prefer.  So now you have no excuses!

Therapies offered

        Other available therapies

        Weight loss, poor self image, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, empowerment.


        t's difficult talking about money when it relates to a person's well being, but I feel that my prices compare well with others in my profession, who do not offer the "complete package" as I do. This is one of the most important investments that you will ever make - an investment in your self and in your life. I believe that you're worth it - I hope you do too.  I put all of myself into helping my clients to help themselves and for me that is priceless.

        All sessions will last 90 minutes, except for Play Therapy for children which will last 60 minutes.  The relationship between therapist and client is like any other and must be based on honesty and trust.  If either of us feel that we are incompatible for any reason then the client is free to leave within the first 30 minutes without feeling uncomfortable and likewise if I feel that I am unable to work with a client then I will say so.


        All 90 minute client sessions incur a fee of £95 be it for counselling, life coaching, hypnotherapy, a combination of all three and whatever technique I use eg Parts Therapy, Colour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

        However, if I am using hypnotherapy alone then these sessions are booked out in blocks of 6 sessions each 60 minutes long at a cost of £550 payable in advance.  All therapy requires a commitment from the client, but hypnotherapy will generally be dealing with deep routed issues or wanting to break an addiction eg smoking, eating, drinking etc which will take several sessions and requires the client turning up consistently.  The pre-payment ensures that this is the case.

        Play Therapy for children will be £75 per 60 minute session.

        Couple counselling will be £110 per 90 minute session.

        A bespoke recording, without attending a session, will be £45. A copy of a generic recording from my personal library appertaining to a particular issue  can be purchased in MP3 format for £25.

        Letters requested by clients for employers, tutors, GPs etc, if agreed relevant by the Therapist, will incur an additional charge of £25.

        I do offer home visits, but this will incur an additional charge to cover petrol and travelling time.

        Further information

        Please visit my website for more information.

        Important information

        If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.

        Maps & Directions

        Preston, PR5

        Type of session

        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: No


        Wheelchair access: Unspecified


        18:00-20:00 Monday - Friday 10:00-13:00 Saturday