Alastair Stewart member of BACP
I work within a 10 minute walk of Lancaster and Manchester Piccadilly rail stations, I also work in central Kendal.
I am a certified Hakomi therapist IFS practitioner and supervisor, offering mindfulness based body psychotherapy and counselling. I have over 20 years experience working with people suffering emotional difficulties, 18 of these in constant supervised psychotherapeutic practice.
My website www.mindinthebody.co.uk
I have been practicing online therapy for some years; it has it's challenges as there is the delay, and sometimes the transmission freezes. Saying that some people still choose to see me online than to see another therapist face to face! At the moment we don't really have a choice!
I think there are loads of websites and blogs on this directory explaining what counselling is. My guess you have come to a conclusion that you need the support of another person to make sense of what you may feel stuck with; be it through personal history or current relationship troubles, or their absence! There is a chance it’s got pretty difficult to have to go and pay for the privilege of being listened too!
Getting my hands mucky…
I think having therapy can feel difficult especially initially, and can take a bit of time to appreciate how noisy our inner voices can be!
I am not a therapist that just listens reflects back parrot what the client is saying and hangs out in long silences. I want to get to know you, challenge you to be freer and hold your head up to this precipice of life and dive into your world…
If you’re depressed lets go there, there is usually something to learn from this state. If you are on the edge of leaving lets look at what that might look like, if you want to kick some habits lets look at what they are trying to mask…
Supervision… I studied how to supervise with Jenny Biancardi and Rima Handley… Jenny’s training was integrative and very experiential fostering an interest in the dream state and how we sculpture our experience… She studied with Carl Rogers in La Jola CA in the 1970’s.. My supervisees find me dynamic, as I encourage the use of self as a vital role in understanding the client therapist relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Proficiency to Practice Internal Family Systems Therapy
- Cert, in person-centred counselling
- Cert in Adolescent Counselling
- Diploma Humanistic Counselling
- Certified Hakomi Therapist
- Certified Supervisor 2008
- BA Hons Philosophy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Human beings small and big.
£50 – sliding scale per hourly session,
£25 to participate in the self-study groups, usually 2.5 hour duration.
- Father/parenting issues
- Nervous somatic disorders
- Fibromyalgia, ME
- Hallucinatory experiences
- Work related stress
- Adolescent issues
- Children issues
- Domestic Violence
- Panic attacks
- Mental health issues
- Life Transitions/existential spiritual.