Alison Joplin H.E.Dip.Couns. Registered MBACP
Holton St Mary
Westerfield Business Centre
Hello, I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor, working from my private practice close to East Bergholt, within easy reach of both Colchester and Ipswich. I also offer appointments in Central Colchester and Ipswich. All locations offer a private and relaxed setting making all settings a very safe environment for people to talk about and explore their problems.
Central Colchester address:
The Tree Room
12 Trinity Street
I work as a Person-Centred Counsellor, which is an approach that I truly believe in, from my own personal experience of Counselling, which led me to train in this field. This type of counselling focuses totally on the individuals life experience in a non-judgemental and empathic environment. This gives a person the space to understand what it is they really want and therefore, making it clearer that they do have choices. Eventually, a person will grow in confidence and strength and feel ready to move forward with their life in a more positive way. Some people never feel able to talk to those people closest to them for fear of hurting or upsetting them and some people simply don't have anybody to share their problems with. This is why Counselling can prove to be invaluable.
I work people on an individual basis who experience a wide range of issues and these include:
- Low Self-Esteem
- Relationship Issues
- Anger issues
I work with both male and female clients and will see younger people from the age of 13 years of age. I also offer telephone counselling for people who are unable to travel or just haven't got the time to travel due to a busy lifestyle. I will also consider travelling to a persons home in certain circumstances, and I will charge an extra £5 within a 10 mile radius for this service.
Training and Experience
I initially completed a three year diploma course in Counselling and Psychotherapy and then went on to do a three year Higher Education Diploma at Colchester Institute, which was accredited by the University of Essex and the B.A.C.P. To qualify I had to complete 100 hours of experience in working with clients.
Following on from this I worked for Suffolk Mind on a voluntary basis where I worked with clients for up to 12 sessions and gained more experience in working with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, agoraphobia and bipolar disorder. Since working in private practice I have gained a great deal of experience in working with many different clients with a variety of problems many of whom have finished therapy and have gone on to make positive changes in their lives.
I have a special interest in working with anxiety and I'm now registered as a Counsellor for Anxiety UK.
I work with students offering telephone counselling, which has proven to be very helpful due to the stress of exams or other issues they may wish to discuss.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling skills - Chrysalis 2009
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Integrative) - Chrysalis 2010
Diploma of Higher Education in Person Centred Counselling (Accredited by Essex University) 2013
2 year placement with college covering a wide range of client issues.
Voluntary Counsellor with Suffolk Mind from May 2013 for approx 9 months
Completed a course in telephone counselling and now work as a self employed telephone counsellor
I have completed several courses in CBT including a diploma course and use cognitive behavioural therapy with many clients who feel they can benefit from this approach alongside counselling.
CPD courses attended:
CBT Essentials APT Training. 2014
CBT for Panic. APT Training 2014
CBT for Problem Solving APT Training 2014
Working with Older People 2014
Working with Eating Disorders 2014
Diploma course in CBT 2016
Telephone Counselling training 2015
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I have full professional indemnity insurance
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
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£35 for a 50 minute session. First session is offered at a reduced rate at £20. This gives you the option to see if you want to commit to regular sessions with myself. A reduced fee of £25 is offered for student counsellors and some concessionary rates are available for those on low income.
For telephone counselling I require payment in advance for the initial session and the same for follow up sessions. Payment can be made via paypal or by bank transfer
My private practice in Holton St Mary is situated approx 10 minutes from Colchester United Football Stadium and 10 minutes from Copdock interchange. I am located just off the A12 close to East Bergholt.
Westerfield Business Centre is situated close to Ipswich Town Centre off Westerfield Road, making it very easy to access and has free parking on site.
The Tree Room is located in Trinity Street, which is in Central Colchester and has various car parks nearby.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available Monday to Friday - Daytime and evening appointments available
Types of client