Abi Almond, Dip Couns. MBACP (Reg)
What I Offer
Are you feeling anxious or depressed? Or feel that you lack self-confidence? Or are struggling with relationship issues? Or have recently suffered a bereavement (including infant loss through miscarriage, still birth or neonate death)? Or have experienced a trauma, now or in the past? Or just generally feel dissatisfied with life and want to get more out of it? I work with you to address and understand these issues.
I am a warm and approachable person and can help guide you through difficult times by providing a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive relationship, so that together we can explore the issues that are bothering you. Having someone listen attentively to you each week can be invaluable and lead to lasting change.
I am a qualified, experienced and BACP registered, counsellor working from my comfortable and quiet practice in Dulwich Village, Southeast London.
How I work
I am trained as an Integrative therapist, which means I tailor the techniques and theories I use to meet your unique needs. I offer both short-term solution-focused counselling and longer term, more in-depth psychotherapy. We can discuss what might be most appropriate for you when you first get in touch.
My priority is establishing a safe, trusting and confidential relationship with you so that you feel able to talk freely about any issues that are bothering you. I will listen attentively, try to put myself in your shoes and together we can work to improve your situation so that you feel more able to get the most out of life.
I work with adults and young people who come with a wide variety of issues and concerns including anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, eating issues, isolation, low self-esteem or just feeling stuck and wanting more out of life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed a 5 year training in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute, widely considered to be one of the best training institutions in the UK, validated by Middlesex University.
I hold a Diploma in Psychodynamic Integrative Counselling from the Metanoia Institute and am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), who are the largest registering body for counsellors and psychotherapists and I abide by their ethics and codes of practice. I am committed to continuing professional development.
I started work as a counsellor back in 1980 when I worked with the Anorexia Counselling Service in Leeds, as well as with MIND.
Since then I have worked both within the NHS and for low-cost counselling services. I have worked in Doctors' surgeries in Lambeth, London offering short-term counselling to patients; I have also worked at Oxleas NHS Trust in Woolwich, offering long-term therapy to patients diagnosed with personality disorders.
My work in low-cost counselling services was usually long-term work with a wide variety of clients.
I have recently undertaken training with the Foundation for Infant Loss.
In addition to my counselling work, I have had a career as a qualitative market researcher, conducting focus groups on a huge variety of topics. This career helped give me broad life experience, as well as honing my listening skills.
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
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
I charge £60 for a standard one-on-one 50 minute session & £75 for couples for a 50 min session.
I have a limited number of concessionary places for those on low-income
I work from my conveniently located practice in Dulwich, where there is ample parking outside and good transport links.
I offer daytime and evening appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.