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Alec Stansfield - in8 - using innate skills to enrich life

Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14
01225 766956 07726 350672

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

Member organisations


Human Givens Institute

The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation and a professional body representing the interests of those in the caring and teaching professions who have an interest in or utilise the human givens approach. Counselling Directory register Registered Members (MHGI) and Fellow Members (FHGI), who will have completed the Post Graduate Practitioner's Assessment (Part III) and who are fully qualified to practise as a human givens therapist or counsellor. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Human Givens Institute

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.

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

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness

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£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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

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


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

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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