Alena Dierickx MBACP
My approach to therapy is holistic, one that respects the unique complexity of each individual within their own system or network of family, friends, heritage, beliefs and lifestyle. I focus mainly on the here and now, with the knowledge that the present is, of course, influenced by the past and our ideas about the future. What holds us back from reaching our full potential is often a complicated mix of things. During counselling we would focus on you as a whole, and also look at the factors that may influence your decisions and explore what these mean in your life.
Am I The Right Counsellor For You
Counselling is a big commitment of time, money and motivation. These are things you need to consider before beginning. You may want to be clear about the things you want from therapy and the kinds of things that would be helpful in reaching your therapeutic goals. Or you may not quite know what you want exactly but need some help figuring things out. I can offer consistent, regular sessions weekly, but I also work flexibly if you need less or more frequent sessions or can’t make life/work fit into a neat schedule.
I am an intersectional queer lesbian therapist, informed by philosophy, feminism, anarchism and critiques of systems of oppression, particularly in relation to race, gender and sexuality.
I offer an initial consultation to allow us to get a sense of whether we can work together. I will work towards facilitating a therapeutic alliance of collaboration and support between us. I believe that lives can be transformed through relationship and self-discovery, which takes place when we allow ourselves to expand our awareness in safety and become curious about patterns of behaviour. I work with a diverse range of clients, particularly individuals seeking more long term therapy. I work with issues such as identity, gender and sexuality, depression and despair, loss, anxiety and relationships. I offer counselling which aims to be non-judgemental and anti-oppressive.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Higher Professional Diploma in counselling and a post-graduate certificate in gender, sexuality and culture.
I have worked with people experiencing sexual violence, coercive control, abuse and state based oppressive violence as a volunteer with The Women and Girls Network, Step Forward, London Friend, Switchboard and The Safer London Foundation and work within and for the LGBTQIA+ community.
I also work with clients experiencing depression and anxiety and took part in a research project on depression, which won the PCCS prize awarded at the BACP conference in 2012.
I work with adults and with people from all over the world who have settled here in the UK or are staying for a fixed period of time. I feel a strong commitment to intersectionality and aim to work from an anti-oppressive position.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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£65.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Advance payment before each session is a requirement, though you can pay for multiple sessions in advance if preferred. 3 days notice is required for cancellations to avoid a charge for any missed sessions.
Concessions are available.
All therapy sessions are online or by phone.