Alison Mattu MBACP
What is Counselling? Will it help me?
The hardest part is often the very first step. Having an understanding of this has allowed me to help many people through painful and what felt like impossible times in their lives. Meeting people where they are right now and offering a pace that feels comfortable to them allows trust to develop.
Counselling helps many people feel supported during stressful times and life events. Being able to talk openly in private with a trained counsellor can help untangle some of the more difficult thoughts and feelings we may be experiencing. I aim to offer a place of safety, of trust and open communication. A place where you can be yourself in complete confidentiality.
How does it work?
Typically, we would meet once weekly although this can be changed by mutual agreement as sessions progress. Most people find that weekly meetings are beneficial as this provides a good sense of support at the outset. We will focus on what is important for you at any given time.
How I can help
- Changing old, unhelpful patterns of behaviour
- Overcoming panic, phobias and specific fears
- Achieving more satisfying relationships
- Reducing stress, depression & anxiety
- Gaining a deeper understanding of self & personal development
- Coming to terms with past traumas
- Coping with significant life changes
Training, qualifications & experience
Along with deep and rich life experiences, living abroad and taking care of a family and pets, I also have the following training and experience to bring to counselling sessions with people who need support and a way to understand themselves and their situations in new and helpful ways.
PG Diploma Person Centred Counselling University of Strathclyde
CBT Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Tool Kit
EFT1 Emotion Focused Therapy
Working within a professional Counselling Service for 18 months.
Working with people from Employee Assistance Programmes and GP practices.
Working with a diverse range of male and female clients on an individual basis.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
My fees are £40 per one hour face to face session.
£30 per one hour telephone session.
£25 per email session.
I offer a free 15 minute telephone chat to cover any initial questions and issues you may wish to address.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please check for best availability. Day and evenings possible.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|