Meet The Therapist: Anna Storey
What attracted you to become a therapist?
For more than 10 years, I was working as an account executive for an international advertising agency and then as an advertising manager for the multinational. As part of my job, I had to organise consumer focus groups, where we introduced new products allowing customers to discuss them.
What struck me when observing these groups is how quickly discussion switched from the product to husbands, jobs or children. How leaders of the group became immediately apparent and started “running the show”. All that incited my interest in group psychology and in psychology in general. I started reading a lot on a subject and, when a change in personal circumstances meant that I had to leave my job, I decided to train as a psychotherapist.
Where did you train?
I trained in the legendary Metanoia Institute, at the Transactional Analysis department. Looking back and comparing experiences of my colleagues, I could honestly say that I got the best training available at the time.
What sort of people do you usually see?
I usually work one-to-one, but I also do some couple’s work as well.
My clients are highly functioning individuals, struggling with a certain situation or event in their lives and knowing that it is up to them to make a change.
What do you like about being a therapist?
I like being able to offer simple suggestions, techniques or just a different point of view, that can make all the difference.
But most of all I love listening to human stories. Sometimes I feel my work is that of a detective, looking for clues and gathering evidence.
What is less pleasant?
When I get a client I know I am unable to help, usually when the help of a psychiatrist is needed. I always make sure to refer the client to the right professional.
How long you’ve been with welldoing.org and what you think of us?
I have been with welldoing.org for a few years now and really like it. The booking system is easy: I have yet to try the payment system.
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
Sometimes, if a particular app or a book is suitable.
What you do for your own mental health?
Regular yoga practice keeps me sane. Kundalini yoga has amazing breathing meditations which literally wipe your mind clear. Also walking outdoors and being with friends and family.
You are a therapist in London. What can you share with us about seeing clients here?
I work in Mayfair, Davies street. I love that it is so central yet so quiet, it is just two minutes walk from Bond Street station.
What’s your consultation room like?
The rooms are cosy and beautiful, and always have fresh flowers. There are books on the shelves – classics and therapy books, we are welcome to borrow them. There is also a reception and a waiting area.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
I wish people could see that therapy is a best way to get to know yourself and to turn your life around. It does not have to last for ages, sometimes one session can make all the difference.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
Loosely quoting [psychologist and author] Petruska Clarkson – I have discovered many parts of my life that I was not living and am now deciding if I want to live them.