Hi, my name is Alex and I am a qualified Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. I have worked for a number of national and local charities and I now work privately offering face to face, telephone and online sessions. I offer counselling to both individuals and families. I have a lot of experience working with parents/carers and young people as well as working with people on a one to one basis.
So what can I tell you about counselling? I have outlined some possible questions below which you may be asking yourself prior to making contact.
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.
- We will regularly review the counselling to ensure that it is benefiting you.
What can I tell you about me and the way I work?
I believe wholeheartedly in counselling and have seen it work for so many people. I think people have such strength which they may not realise. 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 young people and I will use this to support you to find the solutions that work for you in your life. I understand how difficult it is to ask for help and to feel things are out of control. Whilst making the first step to contact a counsellor may feel frightening, I want to reassure you that this is completely normal and that it is ok to feel this way.
I am a proactive counsellor, listening is an important part of this but not the only part. People generally come to counselling when they want something to change, I will work with you to figure out what this is and to find a way forward that works for you.
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.
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.
Family Relationship Issues - This may include conflict, difficulty with parenting issues, relationship breakdown and anxiety about family members including children.
Bereavement/Loss - A deep sadness and prolonged sense of loss. A sense that you can not move on. Feelings of being overwhelmed by sadness, guilt and anger are all common reactions.
Trauma and or abuse - This may be past or present but can leave people feeling "stuck". 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, whatever is bothering you (even if you are not sure where to begin) your experience is important.
What does counselling involve?
I will explain counselling and how I work in a free initial consultation session and provide you with a simple written summary of what has been agreed for your reference. Counselling sessions are 1 hour long.
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)
- Advanced Diploma in Systemic Thinking and Practice.
- 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
- 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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialist Counselling for Parents and Carers and young people exploring family relationship difficulties.
First session free of charge.
Fees are £40.00 per session for individuals and £45.00 for couples and families.
Concessionary rates available for those who are unemployed or on low income and can be discussed on a case by case basis. I am keen to ensure counselling is something which is accessible to those who need it so please discuss this with me.
Concessions offered for
Telephone and Online Counselling available.
Registered Member (MBACP) of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Full Enhanced DBS check
Insurance - Towergate