My name is Alison and I am an experienced, qualified counsellor and a registered member of the BACP.
I guess that if you're reading this you probably have something you would like help with and you may be considering counselling. I understand how difficult it may be, thinking about telling your private thoughts to a stranger, but this could be best decision you ever make. I am trained to listen and help you make sense of things that may be upsetting and stressful for you. I have worked with many different people over the years, so I'm very experienced at putting you at ease and listening to your story. The first appointment will be in the form of an assessment, which can help you decide if you think that we may be able to work together, for this reason the initial assessment is charged at a reduced fee. If you feel comfortable to proceed we can discuss the best way to move forward and what might be most appropriate for your particular circumstances. This is always flexible according to your own needs.
I offer a safe, therapeutic space to explore any problems or issues you may be experiencing in your life including depression, anxiety, betrayal, loss and will assist you in finding a suitable way forward. I believe in offering counselling to everybody who may need it regardless of age, race, culture or social standing in a non-judgmental and confidential way. I have many years’ experience of supporting a diverse range of people who have been involved in difficult, unfulfilling or abusive relationships with their partner, family member, colleague or friend or have had to deal with their partner having an affair. I understand how complex and challenging these relationships can be and how difficult it may be to deal with this or try to break free. Counselling can help you make sense of the confusion you may feel when caught up in an unhealthy relationship and in time help you to rebuild trust in people, which can often be the first thing to go. I have worked with many people who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse and I understand how this can impact on relationships, many years later. Counselling can help revisit past trauma in a safe and supportive environment and help people to gain back control and autonomy in their own lives, despite earlier distressing experiences. It is never too late to take the first step. I also have experience of working with people who are going through the loss of a loved one, including a pet, and would benefit from some support around this. I have a personal interest in adoption issues and offer specialist counselling and support to anyone who has been affected by adoption i.e. adopted people, birth family members, adoptive parents and their families.
As human beings, I believe that we are socially designed to share our lives with others. Establishing a healthy and supportive relationship with your counsellor may help you develop new ways of relating to yourself and others and in turn you can look to a brighter future, which we all deserve.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
Solution Focused Therapy Skills
Specialist Adoption Counsellor
Couples Therapy Skills and Training
I have worked for many years supporting people who have experienced relationship issues including domestic and/or sexual abuse including childhood sexual abuse and neglect.
I currently provide counselling for young people,adults and couples at Rephael House Counselling Centre in New Barnet.
I also work at Women's Trust in Stratford and the East London Rape Crisis Service
I previously worked at Hackney DV Counselling Service and Sangam Counselling Service in Burnt Oak, Edgware.
I am an approved specialist adoption counsellor with Barnardo's LINK. (Adoption Support Agency)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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Session: £45 - weekdays / £50 - weekends (Couples £65 - £70) Concessions available in certain circumstances, please ask me.
Initial assessment is charged at £30 to allow you to meet with me and decide if you think we could work together.
I work from a pleasant room in the N11 (Arnos Grove) area of North London.
If you are house bound, I can offer you telephone counselling and in some cases counselling in your own home, if you have a suitable room for this to happen. Please contact me should you wish to discuss this further.
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