Alena Dierickx MBACP
I understand that looking for a counsellor can be a daunting process. We live in a very anxiety provoking world. I want to start by assuring you that whatever is causing you distress at the moment is something you can overcome. Sometimes talking through your concerns and being listened to can allow you to see things from a different perspective. It is often hard to do this on your own and counselling can help start this process of developing insight and self-awareness about your situation.
My approach to therapy is one that respects the unique complexity of each individual within their own system or network of family, friends 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. In therapy we will develop a trusting and flexible alliance that begins with what is going on for you right now in the present moment, going on to explore the deeper emotions that have led you to become stuck or unhappy. I don't work from a 'medical model' approach to therapy, I offer a holistic, creative and responsive method of working which considers the individual, couple or group within their unique circumstances and heritage. I believe that lives can be transformed through relationship and self-discovery, which takes place when we allow ourselves to expand awareness in safety. I work with a wide range of clients experiencing depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma and violence in their lives. I work with issues around gender and sexuality and relationships. I offer counselling which aims to be non-judgemental and anti-oppressive.
I offer both online counselling using VSee/Zoom/Face Time and Skype as well as face to face sessions in Hastings and Kings Cross in London.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Higher Professional Diploma in counselling and a post-graduate cert in gender, sexuality and culture.
I have worked within the women's sector (domestic violence, abuse and trauma) and also within the LGBTQI community. I am particularly interested in gender identity for both cis and trans people.
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 write reviews and articles, sometimes on health issues and also help others through blocks in creativity and motivation.
I work with all age groups 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 strongly about inclusivity and work from an anti-oppressive position.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are £55 - £70. Some concessions available at certain times.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Hastings Tuesday and Wednesday and London Thursday and Friday. Online therapy is also available
Types of client