Dr Alison Walne HCPC / BPS Registered Psychologist / Clinical Supervisor. MBACP.
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Thank you for your enquiry. My name is Alison, and I am a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Practitioner Psychologist / British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist and BPS Registered Clinical Supervisor. I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP), Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I also hold a Post-Graduate Teaching Qualification (PGCE). I have trained via the BPS as an Expert Witness and have worked with the Justice System and have experience of Child Protection Safeguarding Policies, Court Procedures and Professional Court Report-Writing. I provide many different assessments. Please see list below?
Therapeutically, I find many people respond well to CBT, and quite quickly, because this approach helps them think about things in ways they might not have done before. However, it is important to note, I work with the needs of the individual which means using a variety of interventions to support them, according to symptom presentation and what they think might work best.
The aim within all aspects of my work is to help empower people to self-develop and self-manage their own issues, where experiences, thoughts and feelings may inhibit their quality of life.
I can offer a range of professional services in the following areas:
Brief Therapy, for example, Anger Management, Assertiveness and Self-Esteem Building. Self-Confidence Building for life, work, attending interviews, or to improve communication skills if dealing with difficult situations in work or personal relationships. Therapy on a one to one basis would be discussed within an assessment session to ensure your needs are met appropriately and at the right level.
My career as a Psychologist includes:
Consultant Psychologist - Current
Family Psychologist - Current
Lead Psychologist in an Adolescent Inpatient service,
Senior Psychologist for a Community-based Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Locality Lead within an NHS Service,
GP Practice and Older Adult Psychology Services.
Local Authority Work within Family Law.
I can provide the following Assessments:
Cognitive - e.g. where memory or other difficulties may be affecting learning and behaviours,
Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule ADOS-2 for Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger's Syndrome (AS),
Diagnostic Interview for Social Communication Disorders (DISCO). This is an intensive Interview with Parents/Carers of the child/young person or adult, and can be used either separately or alongside the ADOS to support/eliminate a diagnosis of Autism.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD),
Emotional Disorders such as Anxiety and Depression,
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
I can support and offer guidance in one-off or possibly two consultations to independent adults, or parents/carers through the process of assessment and diagnosis with early screening to help eliminate as soon as possible any suspected conditions / disorders. Please note in the case of vulnerable children and adults, written consent is usually needed to contact other services to support the best interests of the person and those caring.
I can also provide advice to professional who are involved with the management and support of any of the above psychological conditions/disorders, through one off consultations. Please e mail me for fee details.
Counselling / Clinical Supervision.
Health & Social Care Service Development.
Educational Settings - Teaching and Learning.
Expert Witness - Court Report writing service or Professional Clinical Report writing, following assessment or therapy.
In each of the above domains, support is available for individuals, couples, groups, and organizations. My principles and values are based on the belief that my clients needs are unique, and therefore deserve the utmost respect in whichever context they present.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied the Doctoral level Post-Chartership Doctorate Research Degree with City University, London. This previously included gaining a Masters Degree (MSc) and Post-MSc in Counselling Psychology. Prior to this, I gained a Bachelors of Science Hons Degree (BSc) n Psychology. I also hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Teaching Qualification, and Clinical Supervision Qualification. I am currently a Registered Clinical Supervisor with the British Psychological Society.
I have experience of working within many different Health, Social Care and Educational settings throughout the UK. This includes: Tier 4 Inpatient Adolescent Service as Lead Psychologist and Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as a Senior Psychologist. I also have experience working closely with Schools, Pupil Referral Units and Youth Offending Services Child Protection (Safeguarding) issues and Forensics.
My clinical work experience also includes adults, older adults, couples, and families.
In the course of my work, I always offer a Person-Centred approach to help clients. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) if the the approach appears to suit a person's style. I also have experience and current training in the latest techniques, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Chronic pain, and anxiety. I have also used this process successfully with complex grief, and for personal resource-building regarding increasing self-esteem and confidence.
I have experience of Teaching and Counselling in Main Stream Education, Further and Higher Education. In addition, I have worked in Community-Based learning settings, supporting the needs of those aiming to self-develop their education, which at the same time, assists their personal and professional lives. This means I can offer opportunities to those seeking knowledge and education at different levels, and provide training on a variety of subjects according to need.
Counselling / Communication Skills.
Understanding Anger, and Anger Management.
Understanding Depression and Anxiety.
Understanding Stress and Managing Stress effects.
Workshops can be tailored to group need and needs of the service provider.
Therefore, as an Experienced Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, and Qualified Teacher, you can feel assured of a high standard of knowledge and skills that meets with your personal needs and expectations.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of working with Military Personnel and Veterans, who have symptoms and effects of Combat Stress. I have trained in treating PTSD through Cognitive Trauma-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and the 'Rewind Technique' which can each work with many different traumas and pain.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
Fees vary according to the service required. Please e mail me for details.
Group Workshops - Fees negotiable according to number of hours required, and whether required in-house or at an arranged training venue. Please e mail me for a quote.
Please contact me in the first instance by e mail. I will give you a reply within 48 hours, and some general guidance to help support your needs. If you would then like an appointment, we can arrange by e mail or telephone.
My office is located in central Hereford which has disabled access and WC facilities.
Some counselling may be possible via telephone and no face to face contact necessary. Please let me know in the first instance an outline of your difficulty and I will assess if telephone counselling would be in your best interest.
Payments will need to be made in advance for these services. Please e mail or telephone to discuss, and to check if either may be more suited to your needs.
Please also note if your particular difficulty does not fit within the areas of counselling dealt with as listed below, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss for guidance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
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Supervision & training
I am a Counselling Psychologist, and Qualified and Registered BPS Clinical Supervisor.View supervision profile