Hi, my name is Alex and I am a qualified Counsellor and member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I have worked for a number of national and local charities and I now work privately in the Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke On Trent areas. I have worked as a Counsellor for around 15 years and have worked with a diverse range of people who have brought lots of different experiences, issues and difficulties to counselling.
I offer counselling to both adults and children/young people.
I also work with parents/carers who may be facing challenges with their child/children.
So what can I tell you about counselling? I have outlined some possible questions below which may be relevant to you if you are considering going to see a counsellor.
What can I expect?
- Counselling provides a safe and confidential space to explore issues which may be impacting on you within your life.
- Each Counsellor's approach will be different but ultimately the focus is on you and the changes you would like to make or the issues you want to explore.
- The aim is for the counselling to be useful in order for you to benefit in your everyday life.
- I may use different approaches and techniques depending on what works best for you. This may include; challenging thoughts and working through difficult emotions, or the use of expressive therapies if needed.
- In my practice, you are in control.
Do I need Counselling? Here are a few areas that are often brought to counselling. Maybe one or more of these relate to you?
Anxiety - A feeling that something bad is going to happen; excessive worrying; agitation; frustration; fear; anger; holding back or avoiding things in life; feelings of dread; panic attacks. Anxiety is very common and can be different for different people. Often people come to counselling when it has become all-consuming.
Depression - Prolonged low mood, lack of joy in life; little engagement in activities; low motivation; loss of purpose; poor self-care, sometimes a sense of not knowing why there is a lack of happiness or joy, numbness, suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Bereavement/Loss - A deep sadness and prolonged sense of loss. A sense that you can not get over the loss. Feelings of being overwhelmed by sadness, guilt, anger are all common feelings after experiencing loss. Loss can come in different forms including; Death; Divorce/Separation and major life transitions. Loss can bring a range of emotions and guilt, in particular, can be a real struggle for some.
Trauma and or abuse - This may be past or present but can leave people feeling "stuck" and unable to find a way to move on and live life how they would like. Feelings about Abuse and Trauma can be just as strong years later and leave the person with low self-worth.
This list is not exhaustive and all of the above issues can impact on one another.
What does counselling involve
I will always do a verbal and written agreement with you in the first session which outlines the counselling agreement and everything is explained in detail. Counselling sessions are 1 hour long. Counselling works best if you come for a minimum of 6 sessions and usually on a weekly basis, however, there is flexibility and this will always be discussed in the first session.
What can I tell you about me and the way I work?
I think putting such a personal thing across in writing is a tough one but I will have a go! My Qualifications and training are further down the page for those that are interested but that doesn't tell you who I am and if I am good at what I do, so I will tell you a bit about me and why I have chosen to be a Counsellor.
I believe wholeheartedly in counselling and have seen it work for so many people. I think people have such resilience which often they do not realise as it has not been tapped into. Life does not always go to plan and sometimes the most resilient of us can find ourselves not coping or feeling unhappy or overwhelmed.
I have a wealth of experience in working with both adults and children and will draw upon this to support you to overcome challenges and difficulties within your life. I realise how hard it is to ask for help and if I could give you anything, it would be to know that 'it is OK to feel scared, confused, uncertain or maybe even unsure of what it is you want' and that asking for help is a real strength. I am not here to judge you but to help and support you to move forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Bachelor of Philosophy in Education (B phil Ed) - Youth and Community Studies
- Certificate in Counselling (Cert)
- Diploma of Higher Education - Counselling (Dip HE)
- Safeguarding - Children and Young People (up to date)
- Safeguarding - Vulnerable Adults (up to date)
- Working with Anxiety
- Working with Endings
- Substance Misuse
- Parenting Support inc Triple P
- Working through Shame and Guilt
- Creative Writing in Therapy
- Inner Child
- Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Certificate in Child Led Play Therapy
- Introduction to Systemic Practice
- Use of Art In Therapy
- Expressive Therapies
I am trained as an Integrative Counsellor and studied at Birmingham University from 2000- 2003.
Prior to this, I worked within the NHS developing support services for children and young people experiencing mental and emotional health issues.
I then went on to work with children and families within my role as a Youth and Community Worker and developed a wider interest in working with both children and adults.
I have worked for two national charities. I have also worked for the Local Authority and the NHS.
Along with my counselling work with adults, within recent roles I have specialised in working with Parents and Carers and their children, looking more specifically at relationships within the family.
I have been trained in a variety of theories and approaches which I draw upon depending on what I feel will be most useful for the person I am working with, this may change at different times as the counselling progresses.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialist Counselling for Parents and Carers in addition to counselling with children and adults.
Fees are £35.00 per session.
Telephone Counselling - £25.00 per session.
Concessionary rates are available to those on a low income, students and the unemployed.
Outreach Sessions/Home Visits are available upon completion of a Risk Assessment over the telephone.
Telephone Counselling available
Member of BACP - (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Full Enhanced DBS check
Insurance - Towergate
When working with young people it is sometimes beneficial for the child or young person to invite a parent/carer into their session/s. This is offered within an agreed time frame if the child or young person wishes. This is not Family Therapy, it is a way of supporting the child or young person with their counselling by bringing greater understanding. This is something that is only agreed in some cases and is meant to support the ongoing counselling for the child. This may only take place for a one-off session but is something that can be valuable for children and young people and parents/carers. This is contracted and planned as a part of the counselling for the individual.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work during the day and some evenings.
Types of client