Alex Cousins Registered Member BACP DipCouns
Hello and welcome.
Whether you have had counselling before or not, it can feel daunting to reach out for help. However if you are looking to make changes in your life, you don’t have to do it on your own. As a fully qualified counsellor, I am able to offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental setting for you to explore the issues that you choose to bring.
I have a private practice in Sidmouth where I am able to see adults and young people (13+).
Being listened to and heard can really help and counselling is unique in offering this. We will work together to unpack and make sense of the things you are feeling and facing whether they are from past or present experiences at a pace you are comfortable with.
You may not yet be fully aware of what the problem is, you just know you feel lost or stuck. This is not unusual and counselling offers you the opportunity to explore this further. Often the issues brought to counselling are personal and sensitive so being able to talk them through with someone you feel safe with is key to you being able to make the changes you are looking for.
As a humanistic counsellor, I believe we all have the capacity for growth and raised self awareness, that the answers we are looking for are within our grasp, whether you are looking to grow in confidence or self esteem, or raise your awareness to change your perspective or behaviour. I use an integrative approach meaning I am able to draw on a range of skills and theories to tailor your therapy to you as an individual.
Training, qualifications & experience
- ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Post Qualifying Diploma in Creative CBT
- Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- SAL- Sexual abuse and related issues
- PODS - Working with relational trauma
- I am a Registered Member of the BACP
Previously I have worked at the Quiet Mind Centre in Exmouth and the Margaret Jackson Centre in Exeter. I am currently working at Bicton College with their post 16s.
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45/hour individuals (adults and young people)
£40/hour for counselling students
Sessions are weekly and I offer short term and open ended counselling to suit your needs.
All my work is fully insured and supervised.