Alf McFarland

Alf McFarland



About me

I offer psychotherapy and counselling to individuals who are experiencing a wide range of difficulties. Most of the people I work with have never before taken the time to tell their story and develop trust in another person so that they can express thoughts, ideas and memories which trouble them. It is usually through this telling of one's own story, and having a sense of the response of the other person to the story, that we begin to understand the real nature of the present difficulties.

Past experiences can leave us with emotional wounds which can disable us in particular ways and cause us to react to present situations in ways we find baffling and upsetting. Parts of oneself can be cut off and lost to awareness because it was not possible at the time to have one’s own emotional response to what was happening. There are often strong feelings of anger, fear or pain associated with past hurts which may never have truly been experienced in the past. It is by telling the story to someone else who can offer a new depth of understanding that the intensity of the hurt can begin to lessen and healing can take place. I will use a person’s accounts of past and current experiences, images a person brings which they have made or which mean something to them, and dreams and fantasies to help us to tune in the deeper psyche and understand different states of mind and what the individual needs.

Addictive and compulsive behaviours usually derive their power from past hurt, often not remembered clearly by the individual or the significance of the experience not understood. Anxiety and depression are often signs that something from the past is pushing us in a direction which is not right for the person we truly are, thereby having a deeply destructive impact on our present lives. When we find ourselves stuck in destructive patterns of behaving in relationships, either intimate relationships or with friends or colleagues at work, these are also signs that something emotional and psychological needs attention and help.

This is the basis of the work that I do but each individual has a unique story and the process which occurs in the therapy is also unique. I always suggest that anyone who is considering psychotherapy starts off with two or three sessions both to give me a chance to tune into who they are and begin to make sense of the story they bring and so that the individual themselves can have a taste of how I work and come to a sense of whether they think I can help.

I offer sessions at a minimum frequency of once weekly. For some individuals it may be valuable to meet more than once a week.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained initially as a clinical psychologist in the 1980's and worked for a period in the NHS and then in Student Counselling at the University of Birmingham. I went on to complete a Jungian psychotherapy training at the West Midlands Institute in Birmingham and have practised as a psychotherapist since the mid-90's. My training involved undergoing a lengthy psychotherapy myself - I think it's best to have a thorough look at yourself before you try to understand anyone else. Recently I have undertaken some training in Energy Psychotherapy and use energy techniques in my work when it seems to be helpful.

I am an experienced supervisor and have offered clinical supervision to counsellors, trainees and qualified psychotherapists and practitioners in related fields.

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My fee is currently £58 per session of 50 minutes. I am prepared to consider a reduction when that is needed.

Maps & Directions

Leicester, LE3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Supervision & training

I have supervised psychodynamic counsellors, psychotherapy trainees and qualified psychotherapists regularly for many years.

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