Hi, I'm Alena. Whatever your reason for reaching out, I would like to offer you a warm and caring space to be yourself, to be listened to and understood. With gentle support, I will help you make sense of the feelings, worries, hurts, losses, memories, betrayals or behaviours that are causing you distress. We will work together to really understand what's going on for you, to look at it with compassion and perspective and review the options for a way forward. I will value you for exactly who you are as a unique and complex individual and my aim is to help you gain a stronger sense of self that will help you increase emotional resilience and build your self-esteem. I am accepting of all people and view it as an honour to work with people from all walks of life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience of working with stress, anxiety, panic, OCD, self-esteem, childhood neglect, bullying, sexual and domestic abuse. My particular interest is working to reduce shame and build confidence and self-esteem with those who have had relational trauma in early life (complex PTSD).
I hold a diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. Outside of my private practice, I have worked for several years as a trauma-focused therapist for a charity offering counselling to survivors of domestic abuse.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer both online and face to face sessions in the quiet comfortable therapy space at Soul Fire Studios, Nether Edge S7. To help us decide if we would like to work together, I offer a free initial chat.