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*** I am currently taking on new clients ***

*** Discounts may be available.***

-> Also accepting new students for training and private tuition, or for therapy while in training.

Welcome, my hope is that you may have found the right counsellor for you. If you've been considering counselling, or simply want to try a counsellor with more than just a qualification, you are possibly in the right place.

My name is Alex, I have a supportive and natural approach to conducting truly healing and therapeutic conversations. As well as a scientific backing for how I practice therapy, the heartfelt outcome I work toward, is for you to discover what wellbeing in your life looks and feels like. The easiest way to find out if I am a good match, is to call for a free chat, and ask any questions you may have, or to simply get a feel for what talking with me might be like.

Call or Text 07391 697905

An article written about me and my practice says:

"Alex has been helping people better understand and cope with their lives, both at work and at home, since 2003. It is simple to find out if he is the right fit for you, just call and have a conversation about what you are hoping for. Alex helps people from all over the world, from different backgrounds and different professions, both groups and individuals, in corporate and family settings. It really matters to him that we all find the right people to help us, so even if calling him once is what helps you to start figuring out what kind of therapy you need (even if it isn't him), this is a great first step.

His approach means really listening to what your unique needs are and working with you to see what can be done to begin to move towards feeling better, or improving your situation. Both short term and long term arrangements can be made, depending on what your specific needs are.”

I work with people's unique and specific needs, with an understanding that Life does not have labels and categories, other than the ones we assign it. I have combined best practice from a wide range of therapies to make sure that those I am helping receive the highest quality of care. With a scientific grounding, I believe our personal reality is one that can be pleasant, even though unpleasant things happen to us sometimes, or even that we may (in some cases) make life unpleasant for ourselves.

Being and feeling truly alive means embracing life, for what it is. This can sometimes be easier to say than to do. I understand that, because we are complicated beings, our path may not always be straight, that sometimes there are twists and turns that take even the most capable of us by surprise. To train myself and others to cope with life's changing nature, I have learned how “people” are viewed from the perspective of different disciplines and schools of thought, so I am continually learning to be the best help I can possibly be, for each new person I meet. Creating a more and more detailed map of "human" I can help you navigate territories that may feel unfamiliar to you, or even work with you to figure out how to get out of "too familiar" spaces; spots that we may be stuck in, or patterns we may be repeating.

My ultimate wish is for people to find what will really, truly work for them, if I can be helpful in that process I consider it a real honour. The best way to find out if that is possible for you, is to call and talk about it.

Call or Text 07391 697905 and communicate directly with Alex, not a reception desk.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Private Practice since 2003 - Corporate Counselling and Group Facilitation
  • MSc Psychology & Environmental Science
  • FndSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Pathway Certificate in Social Science (Support Work: People with Mental and Physical Disabilities).

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

It is £60 to work with Alex for an hour.

Other rates may be available for people with different incomes and depending on the length of therapy.

Both short term and long term arrangements can be made, depending on what your specific needs are.‬

Availability

I am still currently taking on new clients.

Bristol
Somerset
BS8

Bristol
Somerset
BS6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Alexander Balerdi MSc (BACP Member)

Alexander Balerdi MSc (BACP Member)