Alena Quartermaine MBACP (Accred), MNCS (Acc) Individual & Couple Counsellor
4 Fulham Park Studios
Fulham Park Road
0789 866 0905
I am an experienced and accredited counsellor working with a wide range of issues, including but not limited to relationship issues, anger management, anxiety, depression, stress and bereavement. I provide individual and couples counselling. I offer a low cost initial appointment, giving you an opportunity to meet me, ask any questions you may have regarding therapy and to see if therapy is the right place for you. As an integrative counsellor, I draw upon different psychotherapy and counselling approaches to fit individual client's/couple's needs.
Why consider counselling?
There could be various reasons behind considering counselling. You may be concerned about future decision making, feeling stressed and anxious, having relationship difficulties, going through crises in your personal or working life or perhaps you may be experiencing overwhelming feelings of sadness, isolation, anger, anxiety or shame. Counselling offers you an opportunity to explore these feelings in a safe and caring environment. Through working therapeutic relationship based on trust and respect, my aim would be to understand what it is like for you to be met with difficulties in life. I can assist you by offering non-judgemental understanding and support but also constructive challenges so you can find the way forward what feels right for you and make changes in your life if that is what you choose to do.
Being in a relationship can be a wonderful experience but
there are times when it can also be a very challenging one. My aim in working with a couple experiencing
difficulties or crisis is in offering safe, supportive space to explore
differences, enabling couple to get a clearer point of view on what is
triggering strong emotional response and sometimes unhelpful behavioural patterns,
thereafter looking into ways how to manage these. My aim is not only about helping to cope with
current crisis, but also to work in collaboration with a couple to identify strengths
and skills which can be drawn upon in the future conflict if needed.
Sometimes couples entering into or throughout therapy
process may come to conclusion to part.
Part of the work would be then to support a couple through this process, looking
into ways how to do so amicably and respectfully.
I believe that counselling is a way of reducing confusion and it can help you to discover your inner strength. It offers you an opportunity to gain better self-awareness and acceptance of yourself and others so you can lead more rewarding and fulfilling life.
If you have any questions and to book your first reduced cost initial appointment, do not hesitate to contact me. Due to nature of counselling work, my phone may be switched off at times, however if you leave your name and number I'll call you back as soon as I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I have been practicing counselling and psychotherapy for the past 10 years. Firstly, I had worked at the Open Door Counselling Services in Feltham and thereafter begun to work privately since 2009. Open Door is a charity organization offering counselling to GP and self-referred clients. This experience provided me not only with an opportunity to work with a wide range of clients issues but also with being able to attend in-house trainings and workshops on various counselling topics: Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Domestic violence, Creativity in Counselling room, Group work, Mental Illness, Loss, Self harm, Sexual Abuse, Suicide, Shame, Trauma...
As a part of my on-going professional development to support my private practice, I have attended various trainings, among these are:
Anger, Rage and Relationships
Imago Relationship Therapy Seminar
Certificate in Transpersonal Couple Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate in Integrative Counselling with Children, Families and Young People
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training
Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
As a fully insured and accredited member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred) , my counselling/psychotherapy practice meets the standard of a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. I adhere to the BACPs ethical framework for good practice.
I am also an accredited member of The National Counselling Society MNCS (Acc.), recognizing me as safe, competent and ethical to practice the vocation of counselling.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
low cost initial appointment £30 (50 min) individuals and couples
individuals £60 per session
couples £75 per session
*concessions available: some limited reduced fee spaces available for clients on lower income and students
* available weekdays daytime, evening and Saturday appointments
Apart from English, I offer counselling in Slovak language.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Slovak, Czech|
Weekday daytime and evening, Saturday daytime
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|