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Anne Belgram-Perkins

Practice:

Anne Belgram-Perkins is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing an integrative approach to psychotherapy. Formerly of Richmond, Virginia, Anne Belgram-Perkins has lived in France since 1984. Her office is conveniently located in Le Vésinet (5 minute walk from Le Vésinet-Le Pecq RER station), in the western suburbs of Paris.

She sees children, teens and adults for a variety of problems including anxiety disorders, depression, trauma-related difficulties, cultural adaptation and, eating disorders. She is also a couple’s therapist and is specialized in helping multicultural couples.

In addition to therapy, Anne Belgram-Perkins is an consultant for schools, businesses and institutions. Anne speaks French and English fluently and is versed in both Anglo-Saxon and French cultures. In France, she has worked as team psychologist in the public health sector as well as in social services. Anne Belgram-Perkins is a well-rounded and experienced psychotherapist who can help you, your family or your couple with a wide range of difficulties.

Office:

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Photos: Jonathan Barbot, France

Training and Research:

  • Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) in clinical psychology and psychopathology, Université Paris 8. In the French system, this is a research degree. Research on OCD and religion.
  • Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées (DESS) in clinical psychology and psychopathology, Université Paris 8. Specialization in intercultural psychology. In France, the DESS in clinical psychology and psychopathology is the state-recognized qualifying diploma for clinical psychologists.
  • Certified Family and Couples Therapist, trained at le Ceccof, Paris.
  • Training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Emotion Focused Individual Therapy.

Approaches:

In her practice, Anne Belgram-Perkins uses tools from different schools of psychology, although her main references are systemics, Emotionally Focused Couples and Individual Therapy (EFT), psychodynamic psychology and ethnopsychiatry.

Systemics is an approach to human dynamics and relationships that considers the individual within his/her networks of relationships in order to avoid reductive views of behavior. It is a rich tool for dealing with couple and family problems, but can also be applied in the work place and in individual therapy. In individual therapy, a systemic focus takes into account the big picture and encourages creative thinking about problems. The systemic approach in individual therapy is usually called relational therapy. In her treatment of couples, families and individuals, Anne Belgram-Perkins uses not only a systemic approach but also explores and addresses the emotional underpinnings of relationships to heal or enhance them.

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) is a scientifically validated, brief couples therapy based on attachment theory and the neurosciences. Dr. Sue Johnson in Canada has been developing this method over the past 30 years.

This approach views distressed couples as being trapped in a repetitive, negative dynamic that makes it very difficult—and often impossible—for partners to respond to each other’s needs for closeness, security, recognition, affection and desire. As a first step, EFT helps couples become aware of this toxic dynamic and of their respective positions and roles within it. The second phase of therapy aims at restructuring the bond between the partners and thereby changing negative behaviors. The title of the method reflects the focus on emotion as organizer of inner experiences and key interactions in love relationships. EFT transforms the emotions that underlie each partner’s behavior, thus fostering the creation of secure, deep and satisfying bonds in the couple.

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy has proved successful with heterosexual and homosexual couples.

Useful links: www.iceeft.com -- www.eftnetwerk.nl -- www.eft-sr.ch

Emotion Focused Therapy for individuals
EFT can also be used in individual therapy. Developed by Leslie Greenberg, EFT is an empirically based model that helps people recognize, understand and transform their emotions. EFT helps us not only identify the origin of psychological problems but also helps us understand how these problems persist, opening the way to change.
www.emotionfocusedclinic.org

Useful link: www.emotionfocusedclinic.org

The psychodynamic approach is based on psychoanalytical theory and practice. It takes into account subjective experience and the drives and forces at work within the person, especially those that are unconscious. This approach is useful for breaking harmful repetitive behaviors and understanding relationship problems. Anne Belgram-Perkins uses the psychodynamic approach pragmatically to help an individual understand him/herself and change destructive and negative behaviors.

Ethnopsychiatry is a methodology and clinical (treatment) approach that combines anthropology and clinical psychology. This intercultural approach allows an in-depth exploration of how culture molds individual and collective psychology, psychopathology, relationships and family dynamics.

Other useful links about therapy: www.monpsychologue.eu

Specialties:

  • Couples therapy
  • Anxiety disorders: general anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Trauma-related difficulties: abuse, violence, illness and sudden loss
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders and obesity
  • Cultural adaptation
  • Life transitions

Fees:

Fees for consultations are determined according to whether the therapy is individual, group, or couple. Individual sessions last an hour. Group as well as couples sessions usually last 90 minutes.  Anne employs a sliding scale for people experiencing financial difficulty. The French Sécurité Sociale does not reimburse sessions, but some insurance companies do.  Fees are discussed at the first session.

Appointments and office policy:

  • Consultations are by appointment only.
  • If you must cancel the same day as your appointment, you are required to pay for the session.
  • Sessions cancelled 48 to 24 hours in advance must also be paid, except if you are able to reschedule the same week, in which case 50% of the cancelled consultation will be charged.
  • Appointments cancelled more than 48 hours in advance are without financial consequence.
  • There will be additional charge for home visits and appointments taking place in schools or other institutions.
  • Email exchanges are reserved for scheduling purposes, except under certain exceptional circumstances.

Licensure and professional affliations

Adeli number (French public health register): 789302510

Co-founder and current president of WIN78, a network of multilingual wellness professionals in the western suburbs of Paris
www.win78.fr

Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
www.iceeft.com


View Larger Map Address: 90 Route de Montesson, 78110 Le Vésinet

Contact:

Anne Belgram-Perkins
90 route de Montesson
78110 Le Vésinet
Telephone: 01 39 76 78 50
Cell: 06 72 22 52 76
anne.belgram.perkins@gmail.com
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Directions:

By RER:
From Paris, take the A line going west towards St Germain en Laye. Get off  at the next to last stop, Le Vésinet-Le Pecq. Exit to your left after going through the ticket gates, go up the stairs and once outside, keep walking straight until you reach Route de Montesson. Go left on Route de Montesson. The office is on the right hand side of the street.

By car:
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