Alison Fox MSc Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Registered MBACP, Dip Supervision
We all experience problems in our lives but it is when these problems become more deep-seated or overwhelming that we may need to seek help outside our friends and family. Psychodynamic therapy offers a quiet and safe opportunity to help you look beneath the surface and explore the source of these difficulties, be these current or historic. It helps you increase the awareness you have of your inner world, enabling you to shift your perspective and in so doing gain a more subtle and complex understanding of yourselves and others.
The relationship between therapist and client is a crucial element of psychodynamic psychotherapy, not only for itself but also because this interaction can sometimes mirror the way in which we interact with our friends and loved ones. Other relationships, past and present, are also recognised as extremely important, as it is through these that we are formed and shaped, and through these that we create meanings about ourselves, others and the world.
Psychodynamic therapy differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep-seated change in personality and emotional development. It can be particularly useful if you are experiencing deeper-seated problems such as depression, relationship difficulties, stress and anxiety, low self-esteem and recurring problems of a long duration.
Some people will seek help for specific reasons such as high anxiety, eating disorders, psycho-somatic conditions or obsessional behaviour, alternatively you may want help for more general problems such as difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction at work or an inability to form satisfactory relationships. People who experience a loss of meaning in their lives or who are seeking a greater sense of fulfilment can also be helped by psychodynamic psychotherapy. Having a greater understanding of yourself enables you to make more of your relationships and to have a fuller and more satisfying emotional life.
If you are interested in the evidence base for the effectiveness of the psychodynamic approach in which I am trained in you can find a great discussion about it here: APA: Psychodynamic psychotherapy brings lasting benefits. (link - www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2010/01/psychodynamic-therapy.aspx)
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a practicing therapist for 12 years combining private work with employment in various organisations including Action for Children, Cornwall College, Xenzone and most recently the Plymouth NHS where I currently work one day a week. I work with adults and young people and am also a qualified counselling supervisor. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their BACP Code of Ethics. I practice from my home in Penryn.
My own clinical position has many influences, I have most recently completed an MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, however prior to this I qualified as a person-centred counsellor. I also draw from ideas derived from emotional literacy and attachment theory.
I believe that effective psychotherapy always involves a relationship between two people, which means that no two therapies are ever exactly alike. The dynamics between the therapist and client is crucially important and inevitably impacts the effectiveness of the therapy. I therefore offer an initial 60-minute consultation for £30, for you to have an opportunity to meet me and for both of us together to decide whether psychodynamic therapy is the most suitable type of therapy for you.
I see some people for just a few sessions, but others I will see for several years rather than months. I like to work in depth so that people feel that they achieve not only symptom relief but also a deeper sense of themselves enabling them to become more resilient to what life might throw at them. Most people I see come for one session a week, but I do also offer twice weekly therapy when needed.
My qualifications include:
- Msc Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Exeter university
- Diploma in Counselling Supervision
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy
- Post Graduate Diploma in Emotional Literacy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship difficulties - but not couple therapy
Identity and Communication
I offer an initial in-depth consultation for £30. My standard fee for on-going work is £45 per session. I work Monday to Thursday and offer weekday appointments to suit you including some evening appointments. My standard rate is £45 per hour, but will also consider a fee reduction for those on lower incomes. I charge £45 per hour for individual clinical supervision.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer private therapy in the Falmouth area Monday - Thursday including evening appointments up to 7pm.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a trained supervisor and specialise in supervision for counsellors working with young people in schools and in the community.View supervision profile