Dr Alessia Price (BSc.Hons. Msc. D.Clin.Psych)
I am a qualified clinical psychologist drawing on a range of psychological models to help individuals live more fully and I hope suffer less. My main focus is one-to-one, couple and family work, with the aim of working together to make life more positive and bearable.
It can be useful to know about a potential therapist’s training and qualifications, so I have provided some details for your information. However, it is perhaps equally important to know that people who work with me describe me as friendly, warm, compassionate, honest, accepting, down-to-earth, and trustworthy.
What I do:
I work with clients with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, mood swings, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive behaviour, difficulties in social situations, stress management, bereavement, and relationship problems. I have also supported people with the social and psychological effects of medical conditions such as HIV. Many of my clients come with a question about life - a feeling of stuckness, lack of purpose, longing for things to be different or a struggle to adjust to life changes. I provide individual therapy in my private practice to support people with these difficulties.
The beauty of clinical psychology is that therapists are trained to work from a number of therapy models which allows for an integrative approach with therapy being created anew for each and every individual.
I have experience of working with individuals using a range of specialist therapeutic interventions, guided by the current evidence base. The approaches that I draw from include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness Approaches, and Solution Focused Therapy. I am also mindful of the impact families and wider social systems can have on an individual and the importance of understanding psychological problems within these contexts, and therefore I also value the importance of approaches such as cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), Systemic Therapy and Narrative Therapy. I am a creative person and feel it is important to be flexible, adapt models and tailor approaches to meet the needs of an individual and their context.
Most of my private clients receive short- or medium-term therapy at a frequency of one session a week, or one session a fortnight. These sessions may take a more structured approach with a particular problem or goal that an individual would like to work on. However, sessions can also be far more explorative in nature, for example examining stories we tell ourselves, and our relationship patterns. Such work can help shift patterns we continuously get stuck in to give renewed creativity and interest in life and its possibilities.
I ensure that all my clients experience my private practice as respectful, compassionate and safe. To do so, I ensure that our work is collaborative, transparent and that you are put at the centre of your therapy. Alongside this, I ensure confidentiality and safeguarding policies as is required of me as a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Please make contact with me to discuss the issues you are experiencing and we can explore the ways I may be able to support you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Bachelors degree in Psychology (BSc Hons)
- Masters in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (MSc)
- Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol.)
- Principles of Positive Behaviour Support
- Coaching for Health
- EMDR - in training 2020 - reduced fees for this type of therapy while I am in training
I have over 10 years therapy experience of working in the NHS and am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (regulating body for Clinical Psychologists).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Psychological assessments and therapy sessions are paid per session. Once we have agreed to begin working together you will be provided with terms and conditions, and the cancellation policy.
- Initial 20 minute phone consultation – Free
- Initial assessment session - £70
- Individual 50 minute therapy session - £70
- Couple 50 minute therapy session - £80
Different therapies tend to require different number of sessions which also impacts on overall cost and can be discussed at initial assessment. There is no obligation to continue work following the initial assessment session if you do not feel it fits for you.
Clients wishing to fund sessions through their health insurer, please ensure this has been agreed prior to therapy starting. Insurance companies will be invoiced accordingly.
I am currently registered with: Aviva, VitalityHealth and WPA. If I am not currently listed as a healthcare professional provider with your insurance company, please make an enquiry as it may well be that this could be arranged.
What will happen?
I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation to ensure that I am able to provide what you are hoping for from therapy. You will then be invited to an initial assessment session which will involve exploring the difficulties you may be facing and coming to a joint understanding of why professional help has been sought and consideration of what change may look like, ultimately establishing meaningful goals for our work together. This will help us to work out how many sessions will be needed for our work together to be successful.
From my experience, I recognise that living with mental health problems and various other difficulties can be overwhelming and have a significant impact on a person’s wellbeing, working life, relationships and outlook for the future. As such, working with me will always be driven to support you in moving towards your preferred goals.
Most of my private clients receive short- or medium-term therapy at a frequency of one session a week, or one session a fortnight. This could be any number of sessions between 6-24 sessions or more if necessary.
I am able to offer therapy from the following locations: Brackley (Northants). This is convenient for people travelling from Bicester, Banbury, Buckingham, and Towcester.