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About me

I offer a safe & confidential space for you to explore the issues that concern and worry you. Talking therapy can help you make sense of past and current experiences, alleviate anxiety and give you the confidence to make changes in your life.

Our mental health is fundamental to our wellbeing and needs to be a priority as we navigate our way through all the 'life stuff' that we encounter. Counselling can help to repair & support us, and prepare us for whatever lies ahead.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Brighton 2005

Cascade Diploma in Individual & Group Supervision 2010

Additional Counselling Training: Brighton & Hove Bereavement Support; Dragonflies Bereavement Support for Children & Young People; Macmillan Cancer Support; Sands (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death); Cruse Bereavement Care; Foundations of CBT; Couple & Family Counselling; Ongoing Continuing Professional Development.

Before training as a counsellor, I had many years of experience of licensed pastoral ministry within the Church of England. I am a parent and have a grown up daughter with learning disability living at home.

I also offer individual supervision to counsellors and other related professions. Please see my supervision profile for more details.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Counselling: £45 (50 min session).

Trainee Counsellors (Personal therapy during training): £35 (50 min session).

Supervision: £45 (1 hour) £50 (1.5 hours).

Supervision concessionary rates for trainee counsellors and counsellors in the first 18 months of private practice: £35 (1 hour) £40 (1.5 hours).

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Availability

Flexible appointments, Monday - Thursday 10 - 6 pm

Further information

Covid 19 Arrangements: My therapy room can be accessed via the garden gate. Hand sanitiser is provided. The room is big & well ventilated, we will be sitting 2.5m apart. The room is anti bac cleansed after each client. The downstairs toilet is available, it is reserved for clients' use only and cleaned regularly. Please ask for any further details.

East Preston
BN16

Key details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None
Wheelchair user access

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.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I believe in supervision that is honest, non-judgemental, educative & fun.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Alison Rickard BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, & Supervisor

Alison Rickard BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, & Supervisor