Alan Corbett - Counsellor & Supervisor, MBACP @ fernlea counselling
How can counselling or psychotherapy help you? - The aim of the therapeutic process is to help you understand and accept yourself, to change your behavior to that which is more productive for you and to help you move towards becoming the kind of person you want to be. I aim to help you gain a perspective about whatever is troubling you. Together we will identify what might be stopping you from reaching your full potential and how we can change this situation by discussing and developing more personally beneficial ways of understanding yourself, meeting in a relaxed and supportive environment.
I am trained to look beyond presenting problems to possible underlying causes, with special emphasis on issues such as, anxiety, panic disorder, depression, anger management, couples counselling, relationship issues (relate model) pre-marital counselling, bereavement, grief, shame, fear and general anxieties, low self esteem, stress reduction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) self harming, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and many other issues (see below).
My approach - There are many different models of therapy to choose from. I work integratively as I do not believe there is one model of counselling or psychotherapy that helps everyone, as each person is an individual and what might suit one person may not necessarily suit another. I am widely experienced in and sensitive to the cultural and ethnic origins of individuals and to people’s religious beliefs and sexual orientation. I operate my practice along the lines normally associated with an equal opportunities employer.
I offer prospective clients an Assessment Interview. This gives both of us the opportunity of considering whether we wish to work together. It is just as important that you feel comfortable with your therapist, as it is that your therapist feels able to work with you. If we decide to work together we would arrange to meet for an agreed number of sessions.
Therapeutic process - There is no obligation to attend all the sessions arranged and you are free to terminate your therapy at any time. A review of our work will take place when it is felt appropriate and this is where we jointly assess progress and what further action, if any, may be needed. If we decide at the Assessment Interview not to work together I am usually able to provide details of alternative therapists or agencies.
Sessions last for one hour and if you are late arriving we still terminate at the agreed time so as not to delay the next person. I leave 15 minutes between sessions to allow those people wishing to remain anonymous the opportunity of doing so.
Codes of Ethics - I am a member of and adhere to the Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am a registrant on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Supervision - To maintain good standards in therapeutic practice I undergo regular supervision of the cases I undertake. This should be seen as a form of quality control.
Confidentiality and access to case notes - The trust between client and therapist is crucial to the success of the therapeutic process and I treat all information disclosed as confidential. Any details my supervisor receives are also treated as confidential and we do not disclose client details to any third party without the client’s permission. However, if in my professional opinion a client is either a danger to himself or herself or to others, I do reserve the right to inform appropriate agencies. In addition, confidentiality can only be offered within accepted legal boundaries.It is my practice wherever possible to inform the client first should confidentiality need to be breached. I keep brief notes on our work together which you [the client] are entitled to see at any time if you wish.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications
Diploma in Counselling, Salford City College 2005
Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy ,Salford College 2006
Advanced Certificate in Hypno-Psychotherapy, Salford College 2006
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Salford College 2010
Diploma in Integrated Mindfulness 2011
Advanced Certificate in Couples Counselling 2012
BACP Accredited Voluntary Register 2014
Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision, University of Salford 2008
I also engage in a minimum of 30 hours Continued Professional Development annually
Experience - I have worked for several years in private practice, accepting clients on a referral and self-referral basis in my own well appointed counselling room at the above address. I have also worked with various charities and support groups including the University of Salford Medical Centre from 2004 to 2010. I was Chairman of Counselling NorthWest, www.counselling-northwest.org.uk. from 2007 until 2015, I am also a supervisor of other therapists.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Couples Counselling (Relate model)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
If you wish to cancel an appointment please try to give a minimum of 24 hours notice, otherwise you may be liable for the full cost of the missed session.
Payment by cash or BACS is made at each 60 minute session or in advance.
Fees are subject to annual review.
Assessment Interview £40.00
Per counselling session £40.00
Couples Counselling: £40.00
25% reduction for students / voluntary sector £30.00
Dip.Couns.Cert. CBT- DHP(NC) Adv.Cert.Hyp. PG Cert. Supervision, MBACP
Travel details can be supplied if required.
Fee per 60 minute session £40.00
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday from 10:30 until 18:30 (start of session) subject to availability
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified counselling Supervisor (Post Graduate: University of Salford 2008).View supervision profile