Alex Doram

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Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42
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About me

*** More NEW!(s) I am proud to announce that I am now an accredited rainbow ally with Derbyshire LGBT+ Please contact me for details on how I can support you

***NEW! In October 2023 I have returned from a seven day Somatic IFS (Internal family systems therapy) training retreat, where I studied with the founder of the model Susan MCconnell. This gentle yet effective approach has helped many people with trauma, and addiction recovery, offering a way of working with a persons inner system that does not aim to remove, rather it heals and integrates through nurturing an inner wisdom which we all possess. How can I use this amazing model to help you?...

Integrative counselling and psychotherapy, from an compassionate 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 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
  • IFS informed therapist - internal family systems therapy 
  • Somatic IFS - Step one informed practitioner
  • Trauma therapy - Using the somatic IFS model, a wonderful adjunct of the IFS therapy family.  I have used this model to successfully work with PTSD
  • Accredited rainbow ally with Derbyshire LGBT+

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.
  • Somatic IFS by Susan Mcconnell

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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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.

Trauma healing, depression, and PTSD, working with the clients internal systems to enhance their recovery.

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£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

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.

When I work

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

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.

I am committed to inclusive practice and particularly welcome people from the LGBT+ community who may need support. 

Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

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Alex Doram
Alex Doram