Alexandra Batten - Mandala Counselling Services
Drayton Cottage Health & Wellbeing Centre
36 Old Forge Road
Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
I am a fully qualified and insured integrative counsellor with experience of working with a broad range of presenting issues and with clients from diverse backgrounds. I am a Registered member (MBACP) of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) which is in turn an accredited member of the Professional Standards Authority. http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/
How I work
Although I work predominantly as a Person-centred therapist I sometimes integrate psychodynamic concepts which may help us explore past relationships and patterns of behaviour that may be affecting your experience of current issues, as many current problems are often buried in childhood experience. I may also use relaxation techniques, mindfulness and body-awareness to help you understand and deal with the anxiety around the problems you are experiencing.
I believe in the clients’ potential and ability to make the right choices for him or herself, regardless of my own values, beliefs and ideas. I won't give advice but I will help you explore your situation to find ways of making the right choices for you. I believe that we all have the ability to make changes in our lives by developing greater understanding through exploration of difficult and sometimes painful emotions which hopefully help us gain insight into the problems we face and the solutions we seek. Therapy offers an opportunity to feel properly heard and to be able to think about and work through any issues at your own pace, without the pressure of feeling judged or misunderstood.
What I offer
I aim to offer my clients a calm, safe and empathic environment in which to explore personal issues without feeling judged. I believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the key to a successful outcome and so our first meeting is an important opportunity to get to know one another, to share information and to begin to develop a way of working together that feels right for you.
- Professional and confidential, one to one counselling (aged 16 and over).
- Employee counselling in the workplace, for organisations who would like to offer counselling to their employees
Central to my work is a commitment to:
- Ongoing professional supervision
- Working within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2015)
- Undertake regular ongoing CPD training (Continued Professional Development) to develop and expand my skills and knowledge
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
Certificate of Higher Education in Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Leicester)
I have worked in a variety of settings with people from diverse backgrounds and with a wide variety of presenting issues and complex needs. Because of my experience I can tailor my approach to offer a unique way of working with you that specifically meets your needs and in a way that feels safe and comfortable for you.
I have worked as a therapist with a number of charitable organisations and within hospice care and further education environments; working with a wide spectrum of client issues. For the last three years I have worked as a volunteer counsellor with a women's charity that aims to transform the lives of women with complex needs, who face multiple disadvantage or who are victims of abuse and trauma.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am registered with PODS: Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors, to say that I am willing to work with clients diagnosed or suspected of having DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder).
- £40 per 50 minute session
- £25 discounted rate for Counselling Students whilst training
- Workplace counselling through your employer is negotiated separately
I practice from purpose built therapy rooms at Drayton Cottage Health & Wellbeing Centre, in the quiet village of Fenny Drayton. Set in the beautiful Leicestershire Countryside, the centre is easily accessible and has parking for clients. Please see my website for more information.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact me for available times.
Types of client