Anna works inclusively and specializes in working with All Addictions including Substance Misuse, Alcohol, Gambling, and Executive Coaching.

 

Anna is your go-to person when life feels like a rollercoaster ride. On the serious side, she's an accredited Addictions Counsellor, proudly holding a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Bath. She has delivered a speech to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and was presented with the Marsh Trust Award, recognizing her as an 'Exceptional Individual in the Field of Recovery.' She was featured in a Channel 5 documentary about alcohol and was a keynote speaker at the National Women’s Register Conference in 2023, smashing the stigma of addiction.

 

Anna isn't all about suits and accolades. She's got 13 years of addiction-related experience, having worked as a counsellor at the UK's most prestigious treatment centres: Clouds House (Forward Trust) in Wiltshire, Providence Projects, and Action on Addiction (now We are With You) in Bournemouth. In one of her more colorful roles, Anna was the Senior Coordinator of the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme. Here, she helped volunteers in recovery from substance misuse share their life stories in school assemblies, delivering workshops on self-esteem, peer pressure, and risky behaviour.

 

Anna offers one-on-one online and face-to-face counselling in a safe space where you can share your thoughts and feelings without judgment. She understands how nerve-wracking reaching out for help can be because she’s done it herself. Anna is now 16 years in recovery from alcoholism and thriving. She is serious about your wellbeing, but always light-hearted about life.

 

Anna's expertise is Addictions, from wine to Wifi, beer to binge-watching, and all other compulsive behaviours. She works with families around any addiction issues they are experiencing with a loved one, trauma, and supporting young people. And if you're dealing with guilt, shame, anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, or self-esteem issues, Anna's got your back.

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Qualifications & Professional Courses

BSc (Hons) in Addictions Counselling - 1st Class

PGCE in Music

BA (Hons) Performing Arts

ILM Management of Volunteers

CMI Performance Management

CMI Management & Leadership

CMI Managing Recruitment and Selection

Self-harm & Suicide Prevention Awareness L3

The Ben Raemers Foundation - Counsellors Awareness Course (Suicide)

Equality & Diversity Awareness

Safeguarding of Child Abuse & Neglect

Safeguarding Adults Essential Skills

Safeguarding Children Board Safer Recruitment

Prevent Training

Counselling & Supervision Experience

Addictions Counsellor Private Practice –www.annaelston.com

Carer Support Dorset – Services Manager

Providence Projects Bournemouth – Addictions Therapist

Amy Winehouse Foundation – Senior Volunteer Coordinator

Action on Addiction (now Forward Trust) – Addictions Counsellor

Hampshire Music Service – Peripatetic Music Teacher

2 Secondary Schools – Head of Creative Arts & Music

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