Alex Doram

Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40
07891235659 07891235659 07891235659 07891235659
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40

About me

Integrative counselling and psychotherapy, from an empathic and genuine, professional counsellor. I can draw on different therapy approaches tailored to my clients needs. I have supported people in working towards their own, self identified, successful outcomes with issues such as Anxiety, panic attacks, anger, relationships, depression, employment maintenance and more.

I am comfortable at being present with someone else's psychological pain and giving them an ethical, supportive relationship to hear their issues without judgement. I am experienced at holding people when they are in moments of distress, and know it is part of the safe space working that can really change lives for people.

As one of the very few young male counsellors out there, I have a unique service to offer, I have successfully helped male clients to re-frame the challenges that men face, and have helped female clients to reevaluate their beliefs around men, and their capacity to be empathic. This has made for some very powerful work that I am really proud of.

I am a registered member of the BACP, and am committed to working within their ethical framework, this offers you as a client the reassurance that you will be treated in a respectful, professional way, that delivers effective and safe therapy. I am also covered by appropriate indemnity insurance for my practice.

I am able to offer face to face therapy! My therapy space has been risk assessed and following this appropriate safety precautions have been implemented, with a 2.5 metre distance between chairs in the room. face shields can be provided upon request.

I offer discounted rates for students and those in receipt of benefits, as I believe therapy should be accessible to all. Please contact me for an informal discussion about services and costs, together we can see if I am the right person to work with you. There is no obligation to purchase services from this, and i will treat any information shared with me in confidence.

Training, qualifications & experience

I was a Samaritans listener for 18 months, completing their in house training on supporting distressed and suicidal people. I have a certificate of bereavement training from Cruse (one day course), a bespoke course designed for trainee counsellors. I have attended regular training at my clinical placement, and have a comprehensive, up to date portfolio. Some examples of my current training are -

  • First aid at work (one day course)
  • Safeguarding adults level 3
  • Safeguarding children level 3,
  • Mental capacity act
  • Conflict resolution
  • Equality and diversity
  • GDPR (2018) compliance
  • Fibromyalgia, how it affects people, and how we can support those who are living with it.

I also have a CPD portfolio which currently exceeds the BACP minimum number of recommended learning hours. I am fortunate to be able to learn audibly whilst doing manual work. I have taken my CPD learning and developed this into my practice, which has now evolved into an in-depth, integrative model. One example of this is that I have incorporated the neuroscientific methodologies -

  • The chimp paradox model of professor Steve Peters
  • Brain training 101 by Martin Bolt
  • Our deceptive mind by Professor Steven Novella, critical thinking and meta-cognition concepts.

into my core approach, which was the content of my qualification. My core approach is the Person centred therapy of Carl rogers, with Psychodynamic and Cognitive behavioural therapy inputs. The neuroscience complementing my core model, means that I can work in a very versatile way with client issues, I have used creative visualisations, meditations, mindfulness, and memory improvement to give very effective therapy, targeted towards the clients identified difficulties.

My Qualifications are -

  • Level 2 certificate in counselling skills
  • Level 3 certificate in counselling studies - A level equivalent
  • Level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling - November 2019

I have successfully supported clients in achieving their desired outcomes with the following issues - Anger, loss, bereavement and grief, attachment issues, abuse, power dynamics, young peoples issues, social media, bullying, anxiety, panic attacks, depression (Longer periods of therapy), relationships, life limiting illnesses.

I have written blog articles promoting men's health in support of the leading local charity where I am in voluntary practice. I have been a volunteer with the charity since November 2017, beginning as a student counsellor on clinical placement, and remaining as volunteer counsellor post qualification.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Any type of life limiting illness, and the effects of living with it as either a family member, relative, or survivor. Bereavement, loss and relationships where life limiting illnesses have been, or are present.

Employee assistance programme (EAP) working. Experienced in supporting clients to maintain employment, most recently working with NHS nurses on the frontline of the Covid19 pandemic, to support them in facing difficulties, and remaining at work.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

My fees are priced at £40.00 per hour. Payments must be received in advance of our sessions together. A minimum of 24 hours notice will be required to cancel sessions, otherwise that session will need to be paid for. I offer discounted rates for students, student counsellors and those in receipt of benefits, Proofs of entitlement  may be asked for.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

I believe therapy should be accessible for all, and difficult financial considerations ought not to prevent someone accessing the therapy that could really benefit them. Please contact me if you wish to access therapy but are worried about costs, and we will discuss if there are ways to overcome this.

Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S40

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Therapy space is a converted conservatory, with generous double opening doors for ease of access. There is no concrete "lip" between the outside and the inside, making this very wheelchair friendly.

Availability

Mainly evenings, but willing to work flexibly by arrangement. Weekends available, please contact to discuss this.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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