Alison Bickers MBACP (accred.)
Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. My aim here is to give you an overview of my experience, professionalism and ethos but if you would like to find out more please see my website.
I have 13 years successful experience in counselling adults, children and young people in a variety of settings including schools and within the NHS. During that time I have worked with people struggling with a wide variety of problems including eating disorders, depression, anxiety, bereavement, stress and stress related illness, relationship difficulties, self development and parenting issues.
I am trained in the integrative counselling approach which means I have knowledge and experience in many different counselling methodologies including strongly evidence-based treatments such as mindfulness and CBT. This flexible approach means that the therapy can be tailored to suit your needs and your current situation. Whilst it is important to have all these theories in mind my primary aim is to ensure a trusting relationship develops between myself and my clients and in turn the therapy will flow naturally.
Most recently I have undertaken additional training in high intensity cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) which have a strong evidence base for successful outcomes for many difficulties including the treatment of depression, anxiety difficulties (phobias, excess worry, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety and insomnia) and eating disorders.
For 6 months I worked a psychological therapist in the local NHS eating disorder's service working with clients to help them understand and overcome their eating disorder.
If you would like to view my client testimonials please see further information below. My previous clients have been wonderfully generous in their praise!
As an accredited member of the BACP and BABCP I abide by their ethical frameworks for good practice and continue to keep up to date with current practice.
If you would like to discuss your situation, book an appointment or ask a question please email or telephone. I aim to respond within 24 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Sussex
2 Day Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training (Feb 2016)
Experience of working within an NHS eating disorders service.
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy (2005)
TA 101 (2005)
Introductory Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People (2008)
Certificate in Therapeutic Communication with Children and Young People (2011)
Julia Buckroyd training in working with eating disorders - (2012)
SMART foundations - Stress management and mindfulness coaching (2013)
SMART foundations - CBT and Mindfulness coaching (2014).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Initial 30 minute session - £25
Counselling session (50 minutes): £50
Cognitive behavioural therapy session (50 minutes): £60
"I came to see Alison following a serious illness and in response to health anxiety and depression that had gone unchallenged for too long. I also wanted to get some control back over my life and my relationships, and to confront a wider generalised anxiety. Alison worked with me carefully, sensitively and professionally and gave me space to talk through my issues, whilst giving me a toolbox of skill and techniques necessary to get my life back on track. With her expert guidance, encouragement and impressive skills in CBT and counselling, I feel happier than I have felt in years, more in control, and am finally enjoying my life again. She will never really know just how much she helped me."
“We came to Alison with our daughter aged just 13, who was fast tracking down a scary road to anorexia and all its emotional pitfalls. Alison, who is very experienced in the field of eating disorders, was able to turn things around in a relatively short space of time and, after three or four sessions our daughter was beginning to come back to herself, after ten sessions she felt ready to have a break from counselling and to manage herself again with the assurance that she could go back to Alison if she needed to. Alison is calm, kind and reassuring, and we are extremely grateful parents.” (Parents of 13 year old.)
"I went to see Alison during a time in my life when I was feeling very down about myself. I was sceptical about seeing a counsellor but Alison put me immediately at ease. She listened to my problems, without being judgemental and helped me work through them. She helped me take control of my life and, for the first time, I began to make decisions designed to make me happy. Her calm manner meant I felt comfortable talking openly to her about any subject. I will always be grateful for how Alison helped me. I owe her a lot” (35 year old male)
“I came to Alison after I had taken an overdose because of my depression. As at the time I felt that was the only thing left for me. Alison has helped me so much more than I could ever imagine. I had had a really rough few years and she has really helped me go through a lot of my past and present and has helped me digest it. I have been seeing Alison for just a year now and have come to an end as I feel I can cope with day to day life. I can't thank her enough for what she has done for me. “(21 year old female)
“When I first went to see Alison I was very depressed; to the extent that I was suicidal, loathed myself and didn’t believe I deserved any help. I didn’t see much by way of personal redeeming qualities and was constantly agonising over things at work and life outside of my control. My thought patterns were generally negative and my moods were very dark .
Alison helped me to realise that my thought patterns affected my moods; this was something I hadn’t realised before and my thoughts would often spiral downwards towards despair, anxiety and self-loathing. But through becoming more aware of my thoughts and externalising my feelings I have made good progress.
Alison adapts her therapeutic style to meet the needs of her clients. Furthermore, she cares enough to learn and push herself professionally when she comes across mental health issues that are uncommon, new to her and is honest enough to refer on when she feels referring on would be the best course of action for her clients.
It is very apparent to me that Alison cares about what she does, is genuine, has empathy, reflects and strives to be the best she can. She has set me up for the next part of my journey and I am sorry to be leaving!” (male – early 30s)
“At home and at school I have learned to be a lot calmer and ways to help my anger”
“I have been able to burst out everything inside”
“I feel less angry”
“I feel better about myself”
“It taught me that you don’t always have to have anger”
“I have been a lot more calm”
“It helps me feel confident and not worry about things”
“Having someone to talk to about things happening at home”
“Being able to express myself”
“Alison helps me find ways to express myself and talks to me about my worries and fears”
“I find it useful to talk to someone that is not my family or friends and tell them about my life”
“It made me have a happier life” 10
“I have not been so horrid to other people. I have been calmer”
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day and evening appointments offered.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|