Alison Cassy BSc (Hons) Psych, Dip. Psychotherapeutic Counselling, MBACP, MBPsS
Life isn't always straightforward and can throw some challenging issues at us. For the most part we may manage our problems well and find ways to deal with them. Sometimes, however, things can becomes too much and we may feel overwhelmed and unable to cope alone. A “neutral” person to talk things over with, someone who won’t criticise or give advice but who is prepared to really listen and help find different ways of looking at the problem can be very helpful. This is where effective counselling, tailored to the individual’s needs, has its place. I offer a safe and confidential space where clients may bring their anxieties and issues to explore safely and without fear of judgment.
My work is underpinned by the psychodynamic approach and as such I work on the premise that we think, feel and behave as a result of our formative experiences. My aim is to work with you to look at these early experiences and help bring unconscious patterns of behaviour and relating to a conscious level. This new awareness can bring about changes in how you understand and feel about yourself and how you relate to others, enabling you to tackle negative patterns and take better control, make better choices and ultimately some real improvements in your life.
I offer short term and open-ended therapy and will draw on a range of other approaches such as CBT and other strengths-based therapies such as motivational interviewing where appropriate to the client's goals.
I understand that entering into counselling takes courage and I have a deep respect for the level of trust my clients place in me when sharing intensely personal issues. In return I offer empathy and complete confidentiality to all my clients.
I am very happy to work with anyone who would like to rebalance their inner world and bring about positive changes. My hope is that if this is the right time for you to take the first step that you will find talking therapy can be a great emotional release and provide you with a pathway to a happier, more fulfilling life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic)
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Certificate in Counselling Young People -
Qualified to work with young people aged 14-18 (current Enhanced DBS certificate held). Experienced with autism and other issues including self-harm arising from exam pressures, self-image problems, eating disorders, bullying.
I have prior experience of individual and group work with secondary school-aged children with learning and behavioural issues to support them in finding ways of raising self-esteem and confidence both academically in the classroom and socially with peers.
Additional Certificates in:
- Assessment of clients for counselling
- Working safely with trauma (Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service)
- Working with systematic and ritual sexual abuse (Circles South East)
- Strengths-based approaches including the Better Lives Model (Circles South East)
and Motivational Interviewing techniques (Solent NHS Trust).
Diploma in CBT and NLP currently in progress.
I am also a qualified Smoking Cessation Advisor via Solent NHS Trust.
What I can offer you:
I offer an individual general counselling service for a wide range of issues including depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, life stage difficulties, trauma, sexual abuse, self-harm, eating disorders and addictions amongst others and am experienced with a wide range of clients aged between 15-60 years. I have been seeing clients for a local charitable organisation for the last four years.
I also have an interest in forensic therapy and have worked for the last five years for Circles South East, a national charity dedicated to rehabilitating convicted sex offenders, because I believe that those who need help in managing inappropriate feelings and behaviours in order to stay safe should be able to access support. Appropriate therapy for clients who feel they may be at risk of acting out helps them to try and understand their offending behaviour and learn ways of meeting their life needs pro-socially
which, vitally, reduces the risk of reoffending.
I am also a registered therapist with StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sex Offending) and take referrals to work with anyone affected by sex offending whether they are perpetrator, victim, non-offending partners or people worried by inappropriate thoughts and feelings. I have had specific training in working effectively and safely with trauma, including victims of domestic abuse, and systematic sexual abuse of children within and outside the family.
As a registered member of the BACP I am governed by the Ethical Code of Conduct of the BACP and as such I undergo regular professional supervision and specialist supervision for forensic therapy and hold full professional indemnity insurance.
I also undertake regular approved CPD training courses and workshops.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling for convicted sex offenders and people who are concerned they may be at risk of offending.
Counselling for non-offending partners and family.
I offer 50 minute sessions at £35 for individual general counselling.
The first session is aimed at seeing if we will be happy to work with each other and is charged at £20.
Forensic therapy referrals via StopSO or directly to me are charged at £45 per 50 minute session.
Fee reductions apply for students/seniors and for people with low income so that therapy is accessible. This can be discussed at the first session.
I work from quiet offices in Chichester and Portsmouth, both within walking distance of bus/train routes and very close to public car parking. I can offer daytime and evening appointments in Chichester and daytimes only in Portsmouth.
Please leave an answerphone message if I am unable to take your call, or email me. I aim to return calls within a day.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day and evening appointments Monday-Friday in Chichester. Daytime appointments Monday-Friday in Portsmouth.
Types of client