Alison Brown, Registered MBACP, BPA accred Supervisor

Alison Brown, Registered MBACP, BPA accred Supervisor

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College Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1

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College Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1

About me

Individual & Couples Counselling, for a wide range of concerns; including stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addictions & bereavement. Clinical Supervision is also available. I work from therapy rooms in Newcastle city centre.

Hello there; thank you for visiting this page. I realise that deciding to see a counsellor is a big step to take, so I hope to make the process as smooth as possible for you. I have a gentle, warm approach which I've found helps my clients feel more at ease - particularly during the first session when the majority of people tend to feel quite nervous. I can assure you that by the end of the first session, most people say that they  feel relieved and much lighter, after having had the chance to offload some of their concerns.

Although counselling can be challenging and hard going at times, I really love being able to work in a therapeutic way, and feel very satisfied to have found my vocation. I have worked with a huge variety of clients - male, female, young and old. Everybody is unique. I value everyone I work with, and feel that it is a privilege to be able to cross paths with so many people, and to walk alongside them for part of their journey through life.

I work in a way that is tailored to best suit each individual, in recognition of the fact that we are all unique. By this I mean that a way of working that might be really effective with one client might not be the best way of working with another. I am guided very much by our first meeting where we complete an initial assessment, when you will have the opportunity to talk about what you want to explore and hope to get from counselling.

I encourage people to work towards getting back in tune with their inner self, their own personal source of knowledge, strength and wisdom. In being able to reconnect with ourselves, we can tap into our inner resources and move forwards with a sense of self worth, self love and a sense of trust in ourselves that will help us to find a way forwards, so that we can live a more authentic and fulfilling life. As the years have gone by, I have become increasingly drawn to a more spiritual path, and this awareness sometimes guides me to work in a more spiritual way with some clients, although I am aware that this is not appropriate with everybody, so I am very much guided by gut feelings and instincts.

For more information about my service please visit my website http://www.abcounselling.com (click on the above link ). Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. Information on fees is included lower down on this page.

Please text me or send an email to arrange an appointment or to ask any questions you might have.

If you would prefer to contact me by phone, please text or email first, to arrange a mutually convenient time for you to call me.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (the BACP). I am eligible to apply for BACP accreditation.

I have an up to date DBS certificate (Enhanced Disclosure) and I work within the BACP ethical framework.

I have worked with a huge number of clients who come to counselling with a wide range of concerns, including addiction, loss, anxiety, relationship problems, low self esteem, depression, panic attacks, and more...

My career in counselling began nearly 15 years ago when I completed telephone counselling training and became a call-taker on ParentlinePlus; a national telephone helpline for parents. The same year I also became involved in the Community Mothers Programme, where I provided emotional support to new mothers - including teenage mums. I have also worked in a role that involved answering letters to an 'agony aunt' for a national women's magazine.

Since first embarking on my journey towards becoming a fully qualified counsellor, I have gained expeirence of counsellling in a variety of different settings, including working as a counsellor within a primary school, within a drug and alcohol addictions service and within a GP practice, as well as at a counselling service for LGBT clients.I have also gained valuable experience of providing online counselling for a chaity that provides online support on a global basis.

Now, my main focus is on running my own counselling service, which I started in 2007. I provide counselling for individuals, couples and small groups, as well as providing a counselling service for children within a women's refuge.

I am able to provide counselling within the workplace, and I also counsel employees who come to my premises. I am keen to expand this work, so please do get in touch if you are an employer and are interested in providing this valuable service for your employees. I also offer EAP work, so again, if you would be interested in referring staff to me for counselling, please contact me for further details.


Qualifications:


  • Higher National Diploma and a Higher National Certificate in Counselling, as well as a Basic Counselling Skills qualification and a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory.
  • Cerfiticate in Creative Supervision; accredited by the BPA, who are organisational members of the UKCP.


(I also have an MSc and BSc hons degree in another subject area)

Some of the units I completed in my training include:

  • Counselling for Stress
  • Grief and Loss Counselling
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Cross-cultural Counselling


I have attended many additional training days, courses and workshops; inlcuding:

  • Abuse and Child Protection
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugee Awareness Training
  • Confidence and Assertiveness Training
  • Creative Writing
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Family Diversity
  • Mindfulness
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Teach Children Meditation, Levels 1 and 2


and various 'Place2Be' training courses for working with children, including 'Children's Emotional Wellbeing' and 'Groupwork with Children'.

Reiki First Degree
Reiki Second Degree

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Support for carers

Support for friends and family of alcoholics and/or substance misusers

Workplace counselling and supervision packages available

EAP work welcome

I can provide a counselling service for children to schools, social services, women's refuges, GP practices, etc - as long as you have a suitable room that can be used - please ask if you're interested

I am able to provide counselling for a wide range of issues, so please do feel free to contact me if you have any questions that have not been answered here

Fees

Please note - there is a cancellation charge when appointments are cancelled with less than 48hrs notice

Payments can be made by cash or online banking - please ask for banking details

Appointments are generally available on weekdays and evenings, although I can occasionally offer sessions on other days too; please do ask.

My fees are as follows:

I  offer a short, informal, introductory session at a charge of £25 for 30 minutes, for both counselling and supervision (£30 for couples). It is really important that you feel at ease and safe with your counsellor / supervisor, so this initial session gives you the chance to see if I am someone you would feel comfortable and able to connect with.This session is optional, so please indicate when making your appointment whether or not you want to make use of this offer.

Counselling:

£40 for individuals, weekdays before 5pm  / £45 after 5pm

£45 for couples, weekdays before 5pm / £50 weekdays after 5pm

I offer a special rate of £30 per session for student counsellors weekdays before 5pm, for a maximum of 8 sessions

A limited number of concessionary rates of £35 are available during the daytime; please ask if you think you might qualify

** I am currently offering a special concessionary rate for 18-25 year olds who are struggling financially, for day time appointments - please do ask for further information **


Supervision:

£40 per hour or £59 per hour and a half on weekday day times,

£45 per hour or £65 per hour and a half, weekday evenings from 5pm

I have a limited number of concessionary supervision rates for trainee counsellors; £35 per hour, daytimes only

Reiki Sessions £30
Crystal Relaxation Sessions £30
Combined Reiki & Crystal Session: £40


Invoices can be produced for organisations who wish to refer employees for counselling or supervision; please contact me to discuss fees.

Further information

For online or telephone counselling please contct me via this link: https://your24hcoach.com/coach/33388 Please note - I can only respond if I am online at the time - my profile will indicate whether or not I am online. Alternatively, please email or text me to arrange a mutually convenient time for an online or telephone counselling session.

Thank you - I look forward to hearing from you.

Maps & Directions

Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Please send an email to arrange an appointment. I'm available weekdays & some evenings.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am a qualified Supervisor in Creative Supervision, accredited by the BPA.

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