Alan Cox , BA (Hons) In Counselling, Registered Member BACP.
One Life Centre
1 Blackwell Lane
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 am also a qualified Supervisor.
I have also completed several other Counselling training courses to add to my experience. I am currently studying for Diplomas in Mindfulness, 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 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Management personal development coaching.
Supervision for Teachers and other Professionals
Evening appointments available.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Group therapy
- Human Givens psychotherapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Play therapy
For face to face Counselling, my fees are £40 for the Initial Consultation, and thereafter £40 for each session. Couples Counselling is £45 for the Initial and 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.
I can also offer a Counselling service by telephone, Skype and also by email. On-line and telephone Counselling fees are £30 for the Initial Consultation, and thereafter £35 for each session. Payment for these services is via Paypal and in advance for each session.
Counselling Supervision is £45 for an hour or £50 for an hour and a half.
I am able to offer reduced fees for officially verifiable personal circumstances.
Students undertaking a Counselling Course which requires, or benefits from personal therapy, or placement Supervision, can benefit from reduced fees for regular sessions.
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 Help & Listening Counselling, which is the response you will receive on my telephone, if I am unable to take the call.
In Hartlepool, I use the One Life Medical Centre in Park Road, (please note that for some reason the map above for these premises is wrong. Google maps checked separately and sat nav are correct).In Darlington I use Counselling premises in Blackwell Lane. I also cover the rest of the Teesside area.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays and evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I can offer Supervision via face to face, telephone, Skype or email.