Alan Crawford. Registered MBACP | Person-Centred | Addiction | Walk & Talk
- Do you want to feel better and do better in your life?
- More at ease and with a greater sense of freedom, meaning and purpose?
- Overcome obstacles, habits and addictions so that you can live and enjoy your life more fully?
Life can be hard at times. Sometimes all of us can benefit from a caring and compassionate companion and guide to support us as we find our way through.
I can help you to understand, heal and grow… to be kinder to yourself, let go of old habits and become the best, truest version of yourself.
I would love to hear from you if you are ready to take the first steps to positive change.
I understand how difficult it may feel to consider exploring your feelings and experiences with a stranger. I assure you that if you choose to work with me, I'll walk your path with you with the greatest care, compassion, understanding and importantly, at your pace.
All of us want to be happy and as free as possible from emotional distress. We want to live a satisfying life that feels like it means something, a life that we enjoy.
Yet sometimes all of us can find ourselves feeling lost, stuck, anxious or overwhelmed, flat, depressed or struggling to cope.... like you are trudging through mud or carrying a heavy weight around with you all of the time.
I can support you to find a way through and lighten the load.
The Counselling Process
I offer you an opportunity to explore your concerns in an atmosphere of trust and support with a caring professional. This will enable you to find your own answers and way forward, at your own pace.
“The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing” (Carl Rogers)
- Together, we can take stock of where you are and bring greater clarity and kindness to your experiences. This allows us to reflect upon your situation, facilitating deeper insight into how you might choose to live with greater meaning, fulfillment and connection.
- Counselling can help you to find the freedom and confidence to make empowered decisions and choices whilst at the same time facing the limits of our circumstances - you can come to accept the things that you cannot change, whilst finding the courage to take action to change the things that you can.
- You can begin to let go of old habits (and perhaps addictions) - those deeply grooved patterns that keep you stuck and limit your experience of life. This allows you to move towards becoming more the person you wish to be - living the life you wish to live.
“The purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free” (Rollo May)
In short, working together, we can discover who you are and how you want to spend your time on this earth. Counselling can help you to feel better and live life in a more enriching way, with a greater sense of ease and appreciation.
I've been there too
Life can feel hard sometimes, and it can be a struggle to cope. The pressures on us can feel overwhelming and leave us feeling stuck. I know what that feels like. I've struggled with dark periods in my own life, with depression, anxiety, addictions, a lack of self-worth and wondering, 'what is the point?'
About a decade ago I began my own journey of personal healing that continues to unfold today. My life is not perfect, and I still have my own challenges - this is part of being human. But I don't know where I would be without the help of therapy and the journey of personal growth that it facilitated.
It gives me a great sense of satisfaction and gratitude to be able to help you to facilitate your own journey of healing and growth, to walk alongside you as a compassionate companion and guide on your journey. That's why I became a Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
My purpose is to support you in creating a life that feels fulfilling and authentic; to help you awaken to your potential so you can experience a life in which you feel good, connected and alive.
Why work with me?
I strive to offer you a powerful and potent experience of deepest respect, empathy and trust, to empower you to make the changes that you wish to make.
- My clients, friends and colleagues tell me that I have a naturally calm, gentle, compassionate and 'in the moment' presence that helps them to feel safe, valued, cared for, heard and understood. I have been told that I have a way of getting to the heart of things, to what really matters.
I have a non-judgemental, understanding and down-to-earth approach which I believe is born of my own lived-experience of what it is like to go through dark and difficult times, as well as over 10 years professional experience working with individuals and groups in the criminal justice, addiction and mental health fields before moving into private practice.
- With me, counselling is a natural conversation with a caring, understanding and encouraging person who can help you to process your feelings, get a fresh perspective on your situation and make the changes you wish to make in your life.
There are no props or flipcharts and I don't tell you how to think or what to do. We simply sit opposite each other in comfortable chairs with a hot drink and talk about whatever is going on for you. Nor am I a passive, 'nodding dog' therapist - I am active and engaged, questioning, challenging you and offering you feedback.
I believe deeply in the capacity of open, compassionate and contemplative conversation to heal and transform.
I'm flexible, creative and open-minded in the way I work, thinking outside of the box (but within the guidelines!).
Whilst the traditional therapy room remains the best choice for many, you might want to work with me outside whilst enjoying the natural environment in 'Walk & Talk' therapy.
Or we have the option of working together via Skype or Email.
Home Visits may also be available on request in certain circumstances.
I remember how daunting it can be to take the first steps, to send that first email or pick up the phone. I want you to know that I get it, and will make every effort to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for you to get in touch and begin your therapy.
I genuinely admire and respect anyone brave enough to start the inner work of counselling and psychotherapy.
You can contact me in complete confidence and ask me any questions via a free telephone consultation or you might prefer to exchange some emails with me to discuss your precise needs.
There really are no daft questions, I promise you! I welcome enquiries so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask and, after chatting or exchanging emails, there is no obligation to book a session if you don't feel ready, or you don't think we are a good fit.
I respond to all enquiries promptly - If you send me an email, a text or leave me a voicemail I will usually get back to you within 24 hours, often much sooner.
I welcome people from all social identities, including all ethnicities, classes, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, abilities, faith backgrounds and cultures. I am deeply committed to working in an inclusive, anti-discriminatory and non-oppressive way to create a safe space for whoever wishes to work with me.
I support a non-pathologizing person-centred and holistic approach to 'mental health' and emotional distress.
I am deeply committed to environmental sustainability in my personal and professional life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I am a qualified counsellor with over 12 years’ experience of supporting people to make and sustain positive changes in their lives.
- I receive regular Clinical Supervision with an experienced Supervisor to ensure the quality and ethical standards of my practice.
- I have worked in the statutory and voluntary sectors as well as in private practice, qualifying first as a Probation Officer and then working in the addiction recovery field for 8 years.
- During this time I completed my counselling training at Cheshire Therapy Centre and began to work part-time in private practice, moving into full-time private practice in 2017.
- I am a Registered Member (certificate 340993) of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk). This means that my qualifications are professionally recognised and that I work within a strict code of ethics and framework of professional standards.
I enrich my therapeutic work through a committed daily meditation practice in the Zen tradition. My Zen training contributes to my own personal development and influences my way of being as well as my ability to offer a quality of compassionate presence whilst engaged in therapy.
This also makes me a good fit for any client who might have an existing meditation practice or might be intrigued about exploring meditation as part of their therapy.
I have considerable experience working with a wide range of emotional needs and issues and enjoy working with a diverse range of clients, both male and female, at all stages of life.
However, I have a special interest and significant experience in the following areas:
- Addiction recovery
- Existential & spiritual issues (such as the search for meaning, purpose and identity, exploring how best to live and die)
- Mindfulness-based, meditative and Buddhist-inspired psychotherapy (including counselling for Buddhist practitioners)
- Group Therapy / Process Groups / Encounter Groups
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- 'Walk & Talk' / Eco-therapy / nature therapy (outdoors)
- Group Therapy, Process Groups and Encounter Groups
- Existential and Spiritual issues
- Parenthood / new parents / Gentle Parenting / Attachment Parenting
- Exploring ecological / environmental issues, anxiety and responsibility - including counselling for vegans, vegetarians and activists who would like to work with a therapist who shares a deep concern for environmental issues and a compatible value-base.
- Exploring other dietary issues and choices and relationship with food, including overeating
- Gender and sexual diversity, LGBTQ issues
- Race, racism and racial discrimination
- Buddhist inspired psychotherapy / Counselling for Buddhist practitioners
- Person Centred approaches to addiction recovery (including alternatives to the 12 Step approach)
- Mindfulness and secular meditation Groups
- Holistic Therapies, Relaxation methods and techniques
You can read more about the different ways of working I offer on my website: http://alancrawfordcounselling.co.uk
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
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An initial obligation-free telephone or Skype consultation (approx 15-20 minutes) is free of charge, as is an exchange of emails to explore your needs.
I operate a sliding scale fee structure.
£35-£50 for Counselling & Psychotherapy (face to face, Skype or Walk & Talk, 60 minutes)
£70 for Couples Counselling or Family Therapy (60 or 90 minutes)
£15 for Email counselling (per weekly email)
I hope that my fees are fair, competitive and affordable for most people, whilst being respectful to my own time, experience and training.
However, if you are struggling financially, you can inquire about potential concessions and low-cost psychotherapy. I believe that quality counselling and psychotherapy should be accessible to all that need it. It may be possible for you to have a concession if you are on a low income, currently out of work or a student, providing I currently have low fee spaces available at the time. Please discuss this with me when booking your appointment.
I practice Counselling from a Person-Centred foundation, underpinned by an interpersonal and existential frame of reference, and by the influence of my Zen Buddhist practice.
My Person-Centred foundation has imbued in me a deep respect and trust in the autonomy, uniqueness, and inner resources of each individual. This approach is at the heart of all I do. My aim is to help each person achieve his or her goals and to realise their full potential - to become the person he or she wants to be.
I truly believe that we each possess within ourselves everything that we need to live full, fulfilling and satisfying lives... and that, beyond whatever difficulties we may be experiencing right now, there is an underlying state of wholeness (or health), that is potentially available to all of us.
I am often moved by the courage and resilience of the human spirit, and our ability to overcome adversity. I work from a perspective which recognises that everyone has the potential to heal, grow and flourish, given the right conditions for growth. I aim to offer you these conditions in our therapeutic relationship - non-judgemental, unconditional acceptance, compassionate caring, empathic understanding and genuineness. This relationship allows you a safe space for exploration and healing.
"It is the relationship that heals" (Irvin Yalom)
I hope to be able to meet you at relational depth, to form a meaningful connection with you that supports your growth and healing.
Sometimes we just need a gentle, caring companion and guide to help us to see our own potential and find our way.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I hope you have found it helpful. If we don’t end up working together, I hope you find the therapist that is right for you and I wish you well.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wheelchair accessible with ground floor room available on request. Telephone and online Counselling also available for those who find it difficult to travel or leave their home for any reason.
Currently: Monday (9am to 9pm), Wednesday (9am to 5pm), Thursday (9am to 5pm), Sunday (9am to 9pm). I have some current availability and no waiting list.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|