Alison Slinn MBACP (Accred) UKRCP Reg. Specialises in CBT and Anxiety issues.
"I feel very anxious and have panic attacks", "I don't want to feel so sad and depressed", "I have low self esteem", "I am stuck in a rut", "my relationship isn't working". If you think any of these then counselling may really be of help.
I am an accredited counsellor with a wide experience of dealing with anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, OCD, panic disorder), relationship issues, depression, stress, worry, feeling sad, loneliness, low self esteem, bereavement and loss.
Modern day life can leave us feeling anxious and stressed, helpless, sad and lacking in a sense of direction and purpose. If any of these sound familiar to you it is likely that you are experiencing some kind of crisis and hopefully I can help you.
In counselling you can talk about absolutely anything and I have learned to expect the unexpected! Sometimes you may feel that your problem is too small when compared to those of other people, but if it is important to you, that is all that matters.
Free initial session prior to counselling taking place
I fully believe that in counselling, issues may be spoken about which are not easy and that for this reason it is very important that you feel comfortable working with me. I therefore offer a free initial session which lasts about 30-40 minutes prior to any counselling taking place. This places you under no obligation and after this session you can either make an appointment for your first 'proper' counselling session, go away and think about it or decide it is not for you. There is no pressure. After this initial meeting my hourly rates are £45 for individuals and £55 for couples. Some concessions including students and trainees are available on request.
I have a dedicated counselling room (see image below) in a tranquil setting in Wooburn Green which is convenient for High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Marlow and Maidenhead. There is ample car parking. I work with adults, teenagers and couples, and offer flexible day and evening appointments. I also work some weekends and Bank Holidays.
Why come to counselling?
Friends and family, although usually very well meaning, can often have their own agenda in trying to help, or we may not want to impose on them. Counselling can offer a safe and supportive environment to talk through feelings and concerns with someone who is trained to listen and understand without being judgmental. Counselling can help you make decisions and changes in your life. It is about giving you the control and enabling you to make choices.
How do I work?
I work in an Integrative way combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Humanistic Approaches. Every client is unique and I aim to tailor the counselling to suit you. My only agenda is to be helpful. My aim is to help you develop greater understanding and awareness, to be able to think more clearly and see things from a different perspective. I can also help you look at unhelpful thinking patterns that may be contributing to your distress, and to develop more healthy coping strategies.
I have particular experience in helping individuals who suffer from anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks and OCD), relationship issues, bereavement and loss, depression and sadness, low self esteem, stress and worry.
What happens in a typical session?
As each client is unique there is not really any such thing as a typical session. However I outline below what may well be explored in sessions dealing with Relationship and Generalised Anxiety issues.
These may be discussed either individually or in a couples session.
Together we can explore:
your commitment to the relationship
recent life events/family issues
the problem areas in the relationship/affairs and betrayals
your expectations of the relationship
the rebuilding of trust in the relationship
helpful and unhelpful communications
the changes you want to make
the impact that change may make
Generalised Anxiety (with or without panic)
Together we can explore:
what brings you to counselling
why the anxiety started
what keeps the anxiety (and panic) going
your goals in coming to counselling
why we get anxious
worry and negative thinking patterns
different levels of fear and avoidance
relaxation and breathing techniques
In addition to working with adults and couples I have also worked in schools and a Youth Agency and have much experience dealing with teenagers and young people.
Some of the pressures which may be discussed in counselling with young people are:
Living in a quick fix culture
Media pressure to look a certain way
Break up of the family unit
Low self esteem/confidence
Academic and exam pressures
Anxiety -generalised anxiety, panic attacks, OCD
Bereavement and Loss
Depression and sadness
Feeling different and alone
Training, qualifications & experience
Memberships of professional bodies :-
Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework.
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist (United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Cognitive Behavoural Therapy
BAPCA Certificate in Couples Work
Certificate in Counselling Young People and Children
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Specialist training courses completed in :-
Anxiety disorders - including Panic Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety
Working with suicidal clients
Developing positive Self Esteem
Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Loss and Bereavement
Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy for Stress
I also work for Employer Assisted Programme Schemes, take GP referrals, have provided counselling services for an agency in High Wycombe and have previously worked as a counsellor in secondary schools (both Grammar and Upper).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues that cannot be pigeon-holed into the above categories, such as -
undecided about the future / times of transition and challenge
Individuals £45 per session (one hour).
Couples £55 per session (one hour).
Initial consultation is free of charge.
Some concessions (including for trainee counsellors) available on request.
Concessions offered for
Located between High Wycombe, Beaconsfield and Maidenhead
Free parking in driveway