Welcome, my practice offers a compassionately held exploration of what matters.
In these times of great change, challenge and opportunity we can benefit from a sensitive and skilled person to be alongside us as we explore the layers of our experiences. It is within the safelty, containment and spaciousness of the therepeutic relationship that we can soulfully inquire, without judgement or agenda what matters to you. What we call suffering appears in many forms in life; we may know it as grief and loss, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, relationship challenges, serious illness, addictions, climate concerns. It is by turning towards ourself and what we call suffering, with kindness and curiosity that we can gain insight, find new perspectives and connect with our inherent health and wisdom.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with a transpersonal, integrative, mindfulness based approach. My work is informed by Ecopsychology and I have recently qualified as a Craniosacral Therapist. Through my craniosacral therapy work I have deepened my knowledge and understanding of how our pre and perinatal experiences (our time in the womb and birth experiences) impact our life and relationships as adults when they remain unexplored. I bring a trauma-sensitive approach to my work, and for a number of years I have been a foster carer.
For many years I have worked with people living with life threatening illness this has included being part of the team at the Maggie's Cancer Care Center in Oxford. I have co-ordinated a Counseling and Psychotherapy service for a charity supporting people living with life threatening illness and their families. Through this work I have in-depth experience of supervising and training volunteers and of being alongside people when life feels uncertain and the next step is unclear.
I work therapeutically outside in nature with individuals and groups. This can be as simple as walking, sitting and talking, and can include a deeper exploration of our interconnectedness with the earth and the elements. I have a particular interest in being alongside women through transitional times in our lives. These transitions can happen at any stage or age in our life.
For over 20 years I have been engaged in meditation practice; this contemplative, embodied approach is woven through my work and informs the day-long retreats and workshops that I regularly run. As a foster carer I am trained and work with matters around attachment, loss and healing.
My work is carried out within the ethical framework of UKCP. I am CRB checked and my therapy practice is fully insured and supervised.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Counseling and Psychotherapy outdoors
For individuals I have a sliding scale between £50 - 65 for a 60 minute session. People place themselves on this scale.
At times some concessionary places are available, please contact me to discuss.
Along-side the work described above I have a particular interest in Spiritual Accompaniment. For further information see my website www.Allystott.co.uk.