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BA (Hons) In Counselling, Registered Member BACP

About me

Hello and welcome to my site. I hope the information that follows will be of assistance in deciding how I can help you. You have taken the first step by actually looking for a Counsellor, so give yourself credit for that. The next step is deciding who you would like to see and then making contact. This may feel like quite a task, however I hope the information that follows will help you to make that decision. You have come to this site for a reason, so don't give up now.
You may have reached a point in your life when you feel that you need to ask for help to assist you in trying to deal with an issue, or in trying to understand it, or in coming to terms with it. It could be some kind of loss which includes many events in our life, (eg divorce/separation, loss of job, children leaving home, loss of health or mobility etc) and not just bereavement. There may be an issue in your life which is causing you distress or anxiety, or it may be that you may not be feeling right about something and you are unable to pinpoint the reason why. In a welcoming, secure and confidential environment, without being judgemental, I can help you explore those issues and feelings. We are however all unique and our experiences are unique as well, so there is no one size fits all. By really listening empathetically to what you are saying and reflecting back to you what I am hearing and feeling, we can work together in overcoming or coming to terms with the issues.

Counselling is not really about telling you what to do, it is more about helping you to help yourself. Within the Counselling environment and with my help, you can decide on the best way forward for you.  I will draw on different models of therapy to help you, such as Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Mindfulness and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Despite the fancy names, these therapies can really help you understand your issue.

I like to also approach your situation from a practical view and so do not just look at your presenting issue, but importantly look at the causes and what are the factors that are feeding into it, thereby prolonging your situation and causing your continued distress.

For myself, I have experienced therapy before, so I do know what it feels like to sit in the opposite chair, and most importantly, the benefits of Counselling. I have a wide experience of many of life’s issues such as divorce, bereavement, redundancy, unemployment, retirement, moving to another part of the country, step families, disputes and arbitration, plus many other issues. In previous occupations, I have also experienced over many years how much the workplace has changed, how the demands on people have increased substantially with ever decreasing resources and the toll that this takes on employees, including management.

I have been counselling since 2008. This was firstly in the voluntary charity sector before setting up my own private practice. Please view the sections below dealing with my qualifications, charges, where I mostly practice and the services I offer.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications are a BA (Hons) in Counselling and a Foundation Degree in Counselling. I am a Registered full member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I do have a Supervision Qualification.
I have also completed several other Counselling training courses to add to my experience. I am currently studying for Diplomas in Mindfulness, Life Coaching, NLP as well as Children & Adolescent Counselling. For several years, I have been a volunteer Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care, and later on as a Supervisor. I was also a Counsellor with Tees Valley Counselling Trust until it had to close.

As well as my own practice, which is called Alan Cox Counselling, also Help & Listening Counselling, I provide post accident Counselling to car crash victims on behalf of a rehabilitation services company and Counselling through Employee Assistance Schemes. I am also approved to provide Counselling services for participants from a national televison show.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life coaching.
Career coaching.
Management personal development coaching.
Supervision for Teachers and other Professionals
Personal development.
Change management.
Evening appointments available.


Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

For face to face Counselling, my fees are £45 for the Initial Consultation, and thereafter £48 for each session. Couples Counselling is £50 for the Initial Consultation and £50  for subsequent sessions. In order to keep my charges down, I ask that you pay for each session on the day and I do not accept debit or credit cards. If paying by BACS, then this is in advance.

I can also offer a full Counselling service by Telephone, Zoom, WhatsApp, and Skype .  Because I do not have certain costs by working from home, I am able to pass those savings on to you. Payment for these services is via Paypal or BACS  and in advance for each session. These sessions are £40 each.

Where I receive instructions from a third party (eg EAP) and an Initial Assessment and report is required, the cost will be £65.  Each following session cost will be as above.

I am able to offer reduced fees for officially verifiable personal circumstances.

Students undertaking a Counselling Course which requires, or benefits from personal therapy,  can benefit from reduced fees for regular sessions. I do not provide Placement Supervision.

When I work

Weekdays and evenings. Telephone, Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom or email.

Further information

If you feel I can be of service to you, then please get in contact me either by e-mail or telephone. My business name is Alan Cox Counsellling, as well as Help & Listening Counselling, which is the response you will receive on my telephone, if I am unable to take the call.

In Ripon, I use a Counselling Room within Ripon Chiropractic Clinic in Allhallowgate for most appointments, with an alternative venue at St.Wilfrid's Community Centre.
In Thirsk, I use a room within Thirsk Chiropractic Centre, which is on the A61 towards Ripon, just over the railway bridge by Thirsk Station and on the left. There is free parking outside.

49 Allhallowgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1LQ

Charlton Road, Carlton Miniott, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4NF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

In Ripon, I have wheelchair access in my alternative Counselling Room within St Wilfrid's Community Centre. Thirsk has wheelcard access,


In person

I can offer Supervision via face to face, telephone, Skype or email.

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