Alec Stansfield - in8 - using innate skills to enrich life

Alec Stansfield - in8 - using innate skills to enrich life

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About me

I can help you overcome any difficulties with thinking, no matter what the label or diagnosis. I specialise in helping you in any situation where your actions or emotions are not consistent with what you really desire. Here are some examples: you may feel stuck in a state of anxiety or depression and unsure how to move on, you may find yourself reacting with excessive fear or anger in certain situations, you may feel that a relationship is not really working for you - and are unsure of whether to improve it or end it, you may feel out of control with a habit - or you may simply yearn to live your life more fully.

For the past forty five years I have been asking questions about the nature of reality and consciousness. Of particular interest to me has been the balance between the creative and spiritual aspects of being human with the more rational, intellectual and scientific side of our experience.

I use my training, knowledge, twelve years of counselling experience and lifelong interest in people to help you quickly and effectively. Sometimes this involves looking at past experiences, but my emphasis is to find practical ways to move forward rather than to dwell on the past. I am a healer and also an expert in practical aspects of how your brain works.

I use the human givens approach which gives new insights into why people behave in the way they do - we all do things occasionally which are unhelpful despite our understanding of the situation. There are new understandings about the mechanisms in the brain relating to depression, anxiety, addiction and other behaviours. This means that we can often help people make dramatic progress in just a few sessions.

I am a Fellow of the Human Givens Institute (HGI) - which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). I am a partner at "in8", based in Trowbridge to provide a single point of contact for individuals, couples, families, private and public organisations who require a rapid, effective and proven way of improving emotional and mental health, both individually and in the workplace.

Training, qualifications & experience

Science degree - BSc (hons)
Post graduate diploma in Human Givens Psychotherapy - HG.Dip.P
Advanced Human Givens Diploma
Fellow of the Human Givens Institute - FHGI
Human Givens Supervisor Qualification
CRB clearance

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

We use our understanding of human behaviour to help people in any area which can be effective.

We therefore provide a range of workshops and training using the human givens approach such as:
* Building Confidence
* Team Building
* Patterns in Life
* Managing Change
* Dealing with Stress
* Anger and Assertiveness
* Dealing with Angry People
* Understanding Gang Culture
* Post Natal Depression
* Coping with Binge Drinking
* Coping with Self Harm
* Working with Families

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  • How I will help you


£60 per hour (each session is typically 90 minutes long = £90)
Concessions available in cases of hardship
Please contact us for prices of training and workshops.

Further information

I have always been interested in patterns - in music, art, relationships and life. In my first career, I earned a living by recognising and building patterns in data using computer technology. But I soon learned that I was much more interested in working with people than with machines - so I changed direction and became the first full time Managing Director of the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in the 1990's. When I discovered the human givens approach I was excited to find a solid and scientific framework for understanding human behaviour. The knowledge that our brains are pattern matching organs has revolutionised the practical approach to helping people over the past fifteen years, and I am excited to play my part in this quiet revolution in the science of psychology.

I love my work and feel that I have found my niche working to improve emotional and mental health.

Now I am applying my interest in patterns to helping people achieve their own goals.

I am also a dedicated father, keen musician and guitarist.

Maps & Directions

Trowbridge, BA14

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

There are three steps to reach our front door. I am happy to help you navigate this obstacle.


Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. A limited number of evening appointments are also available - please call me for details.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am a fully qualified counselling and psychotherapy supervisor and can offer you mentoring and professional supervision.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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