Alana Sketcher

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DipHE Counselling, MBACP
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Southampton, Hampshire, SO31 7EH
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello and welcome! 

I understand the difficult things that life can throw your way and how overwhelming if can be to find a suitable counsellor to talk through what your experiencing. With this in mind, before committing to anything, I offer a free phone consultation to find out if I am the most suitable counsellor for you. 

As your counsellor, my main aim is to offer you a space where you feel comfortable and safe to be able to talk and work through your feelings. For me, nothing is more important than the relationship between us which is why I will sit with you without an agenda, putting you at the centre of your counselling experience. 

I found my way into counselling through a varied career which has enabled me to work with a wide range of people and see firsthand the complexities that people face within their personal lives. I have worked at HMP Winchester, supporting inmates serving their sentences by delivering courses to them. I have also worked at a large secondary school as part of their pastoral team, undertaking roles such as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy Head of Year. On top of this I have also worked in theatres where I have delivered a range of projects within the community.

Working in these environments means I have had to function in a non-judgemental way, and this is something that I carry with me in my counselling  sessions. The various experiences I have undertaken throughout my career mean I am able to counsel both adults and children aged 10+. 

As well as having my own private practice, I currently work as a school counsellor with children and young people aged between 10-16. Alongside this, I also counsel young people aged 11-19 at a charity based in Eastleigh. Previously, I have counselled adults at The You Trust in Portsmouth. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Further qualifications include:

  • Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • Level 3 Counselling Skills
  • Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
  • Member of the BACP
  • Full DBS
  • Diploma in Counselling Young People and Children
  • Safeguarding

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Additional information

I offer a free 20-minute consultation on the phone to provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions to help you decide if I am the most appropriate counsellor for you.

Sessions are £50 and payment is due in advance, 48 hours before the session. If sessions are cancelled with less than 24 hours advance notice, payment may still be charged at the full session rate.

Please contact me for concessionary rates. 

When I work

I currently have availability throughout the week so please contact me to find a time that is suitable for you. 

Further information

Free onsite parking is available at Watt Health.

Watt Health, 168a Bridge Road, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, Hampshire, SO31 7EH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Alana Sketcher
Alana Sketcher