Alison Harris MNCS(Acc)
I am Alison Harris MNCS(Acc) and I offer affordable, professional Counselling and Hypnotherapy in Herne Bay, Canterbury and the surrounding area. The aim of counselling is to support you through your journey, and by working together to overcome your problems, I can help you to regain a sense of control over your own life.
Everybody needs help with something at some stage in their life, so please dont feel that help is not available to you. Some people try to brush off their problems, and say, well in the scheme of things I feel awkward about raising this, when a lot of people are worse off than me. Well, I believe very firmly : "If it matters to you.....then it matters"
Your counselling should be about you, and what it is you need. My job is to guide you, gently, so that you find the necessary understanding and then to empower you to take control of your life again. When you understand where something comes from, it wont have the same power over you and you can be free of it for the future.
You will find my practice under the name AJH Therapy Services. As well as being a self employed Counsellor and Hypnotherapist I also donate my time to a counselling Charity in East Kent, offering counselling support to people referred by their GP or Mental Health Team. To complement these skills I have over 20 years’ experience working with victims of serious crime, and have previously trained to work with people affected by crime and support people bereaved by sudden death.
I am on a voluntary register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This accredited register (AVR Scheme) was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the public. Important bodies like the NHS now recognise this scheme. Being on the register demonstrates that as a therapist I am committed to high professional standards and service. You can see the AVR quality mark displayed at the end of this profile.
ABOUT MY SKILLS:
My counselling work is eclectic, which means I use components of different therapy models and integrate them into your sessions as needed. By working in this way I can identify the most effective method to help you as an individual, and choose the tools best suited to your personal needs. Working together in an eclectic way means if a particular tool is not comfortable or effective, we can adapt it to maintain your progress.
For further information about services available, or to see articles written by me* please visit my website, or alternatively call or email your enquiry.
*articles relating to Counselling include: Sleep Problems (Insomnia), Panic & Coping, Communication Skills, More About Anxiety, Addictions, Self Defeating Behaviours, Psychological Abuse and Grief & Loss. Find them under the "News& Articles" tab on the website.
to see my recent information about Coping with "What if" thoughts, follow this link:
COUNSELLING FOR ANXIETY
More and more people are seeking help for anxiety related conditions. Some don't want to work through the causes they just want the tools to be able to cope with the symptoms and effects, and that's fine. In my practice nobody is made to feel uncomfortable or forced to face issues if they are not ready to. For more information about Anxiety and counselling, follow this link to my website article :
PANIC - one of the most common symptoms relating to anxiety is panic. This can be overwhelming and a panic attack can leave you feeling scared and with no control. I can help you to slowly regain that sense of control, and we can work on techniques to manage the attacks so that yo ucan get on with your life.
COUNSELLING FOR ABUSE
Abuse comes in many forms, emotional, psychological and physical to name just three. All of them are damaging and all of them destroy self esteem and confidence. Abuse is often about control, but its never your fault - the responsibility lies with the person who is carrying it out. Even admitting that someone we love or who ought to love us is hurting us is incredibly hard - and brings powerful feeling of guilt and shame. I always strive to treat clients sensitively and with respect - and nobody is ever made to face something they are not ready to. Its your story, at your pace. If you are reading this, but feel anxious or scared or simply not ready, then maybe start by confiding in a friend, or if you feel isolated what about a support group?
If you feel more comfortable, Use the contact sheet to email me your questions about this type of work.
COUNSELLING FOR LOW SELF ESTEEM
Many people suffer with low self esteem or poor self worth and its probably more common than you think. Often it keeps us locked into a negative cycle we just cant seem to break out of. Some of us are very good at presenting a persona to the outside world, but inside are struggling to cope. Counselling can help you understand where those issues come from and why. Understanding yourself is the key to making changes. Do you find that in life the same pattern keeps on repeating itself? Whether its about work, or relationships or family, you keep making choices that are not right for you. You can change the pattern, you just need to know why its there. I can help you achieve those changes.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications and experience are:
- Advanced Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Ad Dip CP)
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy with Counselling Skills (Dip Hyp CS)
- Advanced Certificate in Neuro Linguistic Programming (Ad Cert NLP)
- Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society MNCS (ACC)
- Professional Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society (MHS)
- bound by the codes of ethics of these professional bodies
To enhance these qualifications I have further trained in the fields of
Working with anxiety issues,
Understanding the trauma of sexual abuse
Working effectively with PTSD
Working with Couples/ Relationship issues
I have also trained in using Mindfulness techniques and teaching them to clients.
Successful outcomes for my client are my priority. I have worked with clients on a range of issues including depression, low self esteem, coping with relationship problems and panic /anxiety issues, coping with bereavement and stress issues.
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS :
"Alison was insightful but not at all judgemental. Thank you for everything" Mrs R, Herne Bay
"I really feel like I've turned a corner. Thank you" Mrs F, Faversham
"I feel like I've connected my younger self to my current self, and now I feel like I can conquer anything" - Mrs S, Whitstable
" I simply want to say thank you. You know what the past weeks have meant to me" Miss L, Herne Bay
"Just wanted to say a massive thank you again for your help. I came away today feeling so much better, and for some reason can’t stop smiling! Long may it last" Ms J Whitstable
Some of the ways I work may sound familiar to you, especially if you have tried counselling before or have been doing some research; the tools we could use include person-centred counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tools, Mindfulness, Rational Emotional Behaviour Therapy (REBT) tools, psychoanalytical tools, perhaps even some hypno-counselling if you are comfortable with that. My experience is that integrating therapy styles works best for most clients, because no two people are exactly the same, and we all have different experiences and different levels of coping. We are all different, so I aim to respect that and work accordingly.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please dont worry if you dont think your issue fits into any of the categories listed on this page, these topics are just a guide. Call me, and we can discuss it.
Photos & videos
Selecting the right counsellor for you can feel daunting. Have a look at this information from my website, which I hope will help you:
Our first appointment, sometimes called an assessment or consultation, is FREE. I wont charge for this first meeting, which you can use to ask questions, find out more about the support available and make up your mind.
After that, Fees are £30 per session
(the number of sessions can sometimes vary depending on each individual, but this is something we will discuss at your first appointment).
weekend and evening appointments available.
Based in Herne Bay, AJH Therapy is easy to find, and there's no problem with parking. There's also a bus stop on a main bus route just over 5 miuntes walk away, making it accessible for people who dont drive.
Visit the website to see a map of the location.
To see more photographs of where I am based, or to see a bit more about me, you could look up my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AJHTherapy
Or you can follow me on Twitter @AjhTherapy
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Some evening and weekend appointments are usually available. Use the contact sheet to ask for more details.