Alexa Ensom MBACP
I offer therapeutic counselling, and specialise in working with teenagers, young adults and parents, providing a positive, calm, non-judgemental approach. I also offer Adoption Support work through Barnardo’s charity. I am an Integrative counsellor, and work with adults, and children and young people aged 11 upwards, at my home in Monkton Farleigh (I hold an enhanced DBS disclosure).
Some of the most common issues I help with are: anxiety, relationship issues and family issues, depression or feeling sad, low self-esteem and low self-confidence, child related issues, separation anxiety, panic, and attachment disorder in children. I work both short and long term, adapting the counselling to best suit each person individually, so it will be specifically tailored to meet your needs, and your unique set of circumstances.
Throughout my life I have seen the importance of allowing a person the space and time to make decisions and take steps at their own pace, and that feel right and will work for them. This is something that underpins all my work, and can be of special importance when working with younger clients, as well as with parents who may wish to look at enhancing their relationship or communication with their children. Enabling someone to gain a feeling of empowerment, without judgement or labelling, can often lead to long lasting, positive change.
People of all ages and backgrounds seek counselling during times of difficulty, emotional turbulence, or uncertainty. It may be that you are experiencing a troubling time in your life, or you may be repeating patterns of unhelpful thinking or behaviour. Perhaps you are simply looking for someone to talk to, and listen to you. I believe that therapy can help in all of these situations, and I offer a safe, private and relaxed space for you to explore any aspect of your life.
I follow the Humanistic belief that each person had the potential to heal, change, or achieve goals by using their own internal resources. Through life’s ups and downs these resources can become hidden, forgotten, or may simply be unrecognised. As an integrative counsellor, I work with a range of models of therapy to help you unlock the answers, and regain the skills you need to be able to cope with difficulties. I may also use creative methods and materials, having studied aspects of Art and Play Therapy, which can enhance understanding, and access different memories and emotions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Grad Diploma in Counselling, University of Bristol
BA (Hons) English/Psychology, Bath Spa University
Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Regularly updated Enhanced DBS disclosure
Approved Adoption counsellor, Barnardo's charity
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial 30 minute meeting free of charge. After that, sessions are £45 for 50 minutes. Some concessions or funding help may be available for those on very low income, or through the Adoption Support Fund - please see my website for more details.