Maxine Alton

Maxine Alton

Hartlepool
Durham
TS26

07954 791784

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Hartlepool
Durham
TS26

07954 791784

About me

Hello, my name is Maxine and I offer a holistic approach to counselling. The environment I like to work in is warm, trusting and supportive in a private and safe place which helps and supports individuals who are struggling with any difficulties, dilemmas, preoccupations or obstacles to happiness.

I am an experienced humanistic integrative counsellor and I work with children, young people and adults. I offer a service which is tailored to your specific needs and wants. I believe that a conducive warm open environment provides the individual with an opportunity to talk to someone in confidence about their issues. Furthermore, it is my aim to work with the individual to find a way to move forward and help them live a happier life, where they feel empowered to better manage life's 'ups and downs'.


Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Full Insurance
Enhanced Disclodure & Barring Service (DBS) Certificate

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications

  • Couples Counselling training
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Certificate in Mindfulness
  • BA (Hons) Degree Therapeutic Counselling
  • Foundation Degree in Arts with Commendation in Counselling
  • Colour Therapy Certificate
  • Hot Stone Therapy Certificate
  • Reiki Certificate
  • Reflexology Certificate
  • Aromatherapy Diploma

Training

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
  • Counselling Skills for Bereavement and Loss

Experience

I am experienced working with clients through different and diverse issues. Also, I am currently working with an independent charity providing services for people seeking mental health advice and support. Furthermore, I have been successfully working together with the staff, children and young people of a local charity to raise their awareness of mindfulness and how to implement practices and techniques into their everyday lives. Additionally, I have been working with a local school to introduce the concept of mindfulness and techniques to Y6 pupils to help alleviate the stresses of the impending SATs.

I have practised as a Course Leader, Lecturer and Internal/External Verifier for many years teaching a wide range of courses and my core area of expertise was Counselling and Complementary Therapies.

I believe that my earlier experiences of working as a Complementary Therapist have undoubtedly had an impact on my 'way of being' and enabled me to be a truly Humanistic Counsellor.

I trained as a Couples Counsellor through Jesmond Therapy Centre and work with couples as well as bringing my couples counselling knowledge to my individual work.

Member organisations

BACP

Fees

Counselling Fees

Initial consultation - £35 (the initial consultation takes approximately 50 minutes which enables us both to decide whether we are able to work together in a therapeutic way).
Income over £30,000 - £45 per session
Income under £30,000 - £35 per session
Couples - £50 per session
Students - £25 per session
Unemployed - £15 per session
Personal Therapy (for FdA Counselling students) - £25

The counselling sessions would be for 50 minutes duration and the number of sessions required would be agreed in advanced and reviewed regularly.

Supervision Fees

Individual Supervision Rate - Trainee £40
Group supervision Rate (minimum 3 people) - Trainee £30
Individual Supervision Rate - Professional £55
Group Supervision Rate (minimum 3 people) - Professional £45

Maps & Directions

Hartlepool, TS26

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

I am quite flexible regarding availability, I can offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I hold an approved certificate in Clinical Supervision and offer both individual and group supervision for qualified therapists and therapists in training.

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