Alice Walker BSc, AdDip, MNCS (Accred)
Phoenix Place For Health
S V T Building
Benbridge Industrial Estate
01621 927077 / 07533 175900
Life can be complicated and difficult at times, sometimes we can’t even explain why it is hard but we know that we are struggling. Counselling can be a really helpful way to get some support and make some positive changes.
What is a Counsellor and why are these qualities helpful?
· Someone who will listen to whatever you have to say. It is very rare in normal relationships to really be listened to and heard. It offers a safe space to explore issues, problems and fears.
· Someone who will not judge you. Someone who you can be completely honest to and know that anything you say will stay with them (of course this is according to the normal restrictions of confidentiality). In normal relationships/conversations we ‘filter’ what we say, worry about how others will perceive what we say, and worry what others may do with that information. Counselling should be free from these worries.
· Someone who will have the same goal (within the sessions) as you, regardless of what that is. The session will be directed by you and therefore you should not feel pushed into making changes before you feel ready/prepared.
· Someone who can offer a different perspective. Counsellors are trained in various approaches these help give us a ‘model’ of human behaviour, issues and relationships. Also Counsellors are an ‘outside’ person and therefore have a different perspective to friends or family who may be emotionally or practically involved in the issues effecting you.
· Someone who can offer some coping skills. Coping skills can enable to deal with an issue in a different/healthier way.
What I offer as an individual Counsellor:
· I am non-directive, for instance; I do not tell you how many sessions you need, how to use the session, how to change, or what you ‘should do’. I may offer some education about specific conditions or make suggestions based on Psychological Theory, however, I know that the best person to make decisions is you, and I will support you in building the confidence/skills to do this.
· I will always be honest; for instance, if I think I am not the most suitable Counsellor for you or I feel that there is a obstacle, preventing change, that can not be dealt within the remit of Counselling.
· I am human, I am not perfect, I am not superior and I make mistakes. I see the counselling session as a level ground where we both are equally important in the session. Not only do I simply just believe this to be true, I believe it helps people to feel comfortable and be honest.
· I have worked in Mental Health for many years and have worked with all types of people. I enjoy helping people and feel that I learn just as much from each client as they do from the sessions.
I provide both face-to face Counselling; based at a general health practice in Heybridge, Maldon, and online video counselling through Skype.
I work with a range of issues; I'm happy to discuss your aims for counselling and we can decide together the best way to move forward.
Each session will last for around 50 minutes. The first appointment will be an assessment session - this will enable me to gain an understanding of why you have sought counselling and what you would like to change. I will assess if I can help you and you will be able to see if you are comfortable working with me.
Each session after this will generally be lead by what you feel you need to talk about at that time, with your goal of therapy ultimately in mind.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in the area of Mental health and Psychology for over 7 years. My experience in this area means I have worked with people from all walks of life with many different issues. I worked as part of a therapy team for 3 years.
I work with Teenagers and Adults with a range of issues including; depression, anxiety, stress, addiction, abuse, relationship issues, self-harm, low self-esteem, bereavement and loss.
Qualifications and Accreditation
Advanced Diploma in Psychotheraputic Counselling.
Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) including Mindfulness.
Diploma in Hypnotherapy.
I am accredited by the National Counselling Society.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling can offer an empathetic, non-judgemental, safe and confidential space to talk about, and explore, your issues. Sessions are non-directive and therefore run at your pace, not mine. The goals of therapy will be discussed the beginning but these can be changed and adapted if necessary.
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Face to Face Counselling:
Weekday sessions: £40
Weekend sessions: £50
Online Counselling (via Skype):
Weekday sessions: £35
Weekend sessions: £45
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
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Types of client