Alexandra Bate

(Alli) MBACP Registered BSc (Hons) Couns, Dip Couns, IANLPC, IAHT
Warrington, Cheshire, WA2
07511 922 531 07511 922 531

About me

Welcome to my page.

I am an approachable, experienced counsellor and counselling tutor with specialisms in the following areas;

  • Individual counselling
  • Counselling adolescents
  • Couple counselling
  • Negative Childhood Experiences
  • Trauma 
  • Relationships difficulties with other
  • Anxiety and Low Self Esteem

About me;
I am genuine, caring and approachable. I have just over 10 years experience as a counsellor working alongside individuals with various experiences.  I am  a Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

I feel very passionately about the effectiveness of counselling and the changes it can bring.

I find that firstly, the very act of speaking and feeling heard starts the process of change.

Past experiences can often continue to have a negative effect on us and hold us back, sometimes these emotions can 'leak' out beyond our awareness and effect us in the present,. I find that as we take back some power and control through becoming more self aware, the pain and turmoil which we can often be caught in, naturally subsides and we start to feel better, gain self confidence, discover who we really are. rather than who others think we should be, or even who we ourselves think wee should be. This turmoil inside of ourselves is so tiring, exhausting, often leads to burnout, sadness, anger and/or anxiety, we may withdraw or throw ourselves into work and become stressed, always trying to run form what we feel.

I find that through the beauty of being heard, feeling completely safe and becoming aware of how past experiences are still being carried by us emotionally, we can start to become free of these unconscious controls. Start to become who we once were, or who we were always meant to be, before the hurt, in spite of the hurt. You deserve freedom, counselling can give you a sense of peacefulness and insight into self which stays with you and lasts. There is no homework! It is a relationship, a safety and an insightful journey to discovering you.

Wholeheartedly I believe in the power of talking therapy and the changes it can bring, when we are free to be our true selves.

You will be greeted with a warm, safe, understanding, confidential environment.

I assure you, you will feel heard, validated and understood.  I do not judge, your humanness is enough, you are good enough as you are.

From this place of safety and empathy, we can start to unpick past patterns, unresolved feelings, or negative thoughts which are holding you back. The effects of counselling often starts to create changes, you will listen to YOU more, develop positive self esteem, start to make choices which come from your true self. It can be an empowering place. 

I imagine you have come across many a profile saying similar things, in all honesty, to me, its not about the certificates on a wall or the time in practice, it is about you and who you feel drawn to, who you feel is the right 'fit' for what you need right now, because, you are choosing a person to speak to, to open up to, to talk to., to share you and that, takes courage. There are many approaches which focus on interventions, homework, worksheets etc. In my view, none of this is what 'makes' counselling. it adds to it, yet, to feel safe, is imperative. Of course, you want to be assured that who you meet knows what they are doing, but regardless, follow your gut and go with your instincts.

If you haven't had the best experiences with counselling in the past, please trust that all types of counselling are different and the relationship is what matters. I encourage you to contact me for a free initial telephone consultation if you would like to see if i am the right 'fit' for you. Taking your time to finding what you need can make all the difference. 

Qualifications;

After achieving certification in Counselling Skills and Theory (2005) I furthered my studies completing an Integrative Counselling Diploma (2009) This is a Rogerian (Person Centred) theoretical base, with integrated modalities in Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  I furthered my studies to complete a BSc (Hons) Degree in Counselling (2016) and have taught counselling for the last decade, supporting students from Level 2 to Level 6 to become ethical and competent counsellors and psychotherapists and to specialise in specific areas of counselling. I started my studies for an MSc in Psychological Trauma, having completed 2 modules in understanding Trauma and PTSD. I have a particular passion for working with trauma, grief, low self esteem, anxiety and hoarding. My belief is that the cause of many struggles relates to an unprocessed traumatic experience, therefore, safety is first and foremost, as trauma often leads to struggles in trust and relational difficulties. I know, for myself, i want to feel warmth and want to ensure that i am not judged, well before i even touch upon some of my experiences. I also believe that once this safety is established, psychodynamic theory can now work in a helpful way, in order to process the unconscious experiences in order for us to then be free to move past, rather than continue to be under the influence of past hurts.

How I work;

I am an Integrative Counsellor, meaning that I am trained in a multiple of different models which can be blended together to fit to your needs, rather that trying to fit you to my model of counselling.

I do believe that you have the answers deep inside even if it feels impossible right now to access them. Though i often find that a both a 'passive' listening and a homework based approach is not necessarily meeting a person where they are - or for what they need. 

You will feel heard and a safe listening space will be created. I believe in the power of YOU to find your way forwards and know in your heart what you need. I do however believe in the use of Psychoanalytical theory in order to move past some of what may be keeping us 'stuck'.

Psychodynamic, in my experience, now moves the counselling to a place of lasting awareness and change, a building of self confidence and a deep recognition of how early childhood experiences and family dynamics can often be projected and re-lived in the present, keeping the cycle continuing and keeping you feeling as though despite trying to move on, you just feel sad or anxious and maybe dont even know truly why.

My aim is to help you to be free of the past, to find 'you' in the present and believe in all that you are, right here and now.

Making connections between our past experiences and our present feelings and behaviour is a very empowering experience in ensuring that our future is not influenced continually by our unconscious, unresolved feelings.

We will work together to unpick your past experiences to facilitate your awareness and therefore, freedom, from those aspects of your past that are still holding you back today. 

I do sometimes use aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, though you will find when integrated, it will be a different experience to that which you may have seen previously, my belief is that, these interventions can prove successful, but only if this is what you need or when paired with other theoretical approaches.

 Whatever the path, the destination is always the same......a place to feel truly heard. A place to find your true self. A place in which to gain self-confidence.

Investing in you is the first (and brave) step to creating change.

Experience;

I know what it feels like to hurt, deeply. The changes I experienced throughout my own counselling as a teen and throughout my younger years absolutely changed my life. Counselling works so fundamentally,  that you start to feel better and yet don't really know why, It just grows, as you do.

Following my own experiences I eventually knew that my life purpose was to become to others, the hand which one was offered to me.

Powerful changes can be created throughout the therapeutic process. This has inspired me to share my knowledge and passion for counselling through teaching those who wish to become counsellors themselves. This has been a privilege. I have worked as a lecturer in counselling for the last 10 years, teaching trainee counsellors, with teaching experience ranging from Introductory Levels to Fdsc Degree and BSc (Hons) Level 6.

I have experience working with a large variety of clients, from young children to adults and couples. Counselling for the charity Mind and as a private counsellor.

  • What can I expect from counselling?

There are so many questions that may be running through your mind while searching for counselling and yet at the same time, how you feel at the moment may mean that identifying what you need and verbalising how you feel may seem too overwhelming.

You are unique, your life, your experiences and your reasons for visiting my profile are all individual to you.

Counselling is your space, your time, for you to express yourself and work through whatever is troubling you. You will do this at your own pace and in your own way - In return, I promise you honesty, integrity and confidentiality, in a warm and empathic environment.

I will walk alongside you as your self- awareness increases, empowering you to live your life as you choose.

Fundamentally -my belief is that the relationship between myself and you is the most important factor in establishing change, it takes courage to share your inner most thoughts and feelings and taking this first step can be challenging. As mentioned above, please feel free to get in touch to arrange an initial FREE  telephone consultation to see if i am the right 'fit' for you. If i feel that you would benefit from a different type of counselling after this consultation, i will be transparent about this, your best interest are what matter. Equally, if you feel, after the consultation that you haven't found that important connection, please also let me know. I firmly believe the 'fit' has to be the right one for you.

Currently, counselling sessions are offered via online face to face platforms (zoom) or via telephone.

I also offer text counselling at a reduced rate, however an initial free consultation phone call or zoom call would be recommended first,  especially for children or adolescents under the age of 18. I would also need to discuss with parent/s and or guardian in the first meeting and then the child alone, thereafter for the work to be successful. Confidentiality is important for counselling to be effective for children teens.

Counselling is usually offered weekly for processing between sessions to be effective, however, in my experience it is about what you feel you need and what works for you. 

Feel free to contact me either by telephone or email to book a session or book your free initial telephone discussion to see how we may be able to work together. I look forward to hearing from you.

07511922531

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Training, qualifications & experience

  • Staffordshire University - Bachelor of Science with Honours - BSc (Hons). - First Class - Counselling
  • Specialisms - Counselling Children and Adolescents - Counselling Couples and Families - Counselling Research - Working with Self harming Behaviours
  • Staffordshire University - Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. (DTLLS).
  • City and Guilds - Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector. (PTLLS).
  • Dip - Integrative Counselling (Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
  • L3- Counselling Skills and Theory
  • L2- Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • ASK Suicide Awareness
  • Certificate - Working with Depression
  • Certificate - Working with Anxiety
  • Certificate - Working with Self Harm
  • Certificate - Pluralistic Counselling
  • Certificate in Managing and Facilitating Group Counselling
  • City and Guilds - Play-work with young children.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Techniques in Counselling
  • Mindfulness Techniques in Counselling
  • Member - International Association of Neuro linguistic Programming and Coaching (Mindfulness Diploma)
  • Member - International Alliance of Holistic Therapies
  • MBACP  - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Working with Narcissism 

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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

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Free Initial telephone consultation

£50 Session

£65 Couples Session

Corporate Counselling - Please contact me for further information.
Health Insurance/ Work Insurance   - please contact me for further information

Concessions for: Students, Trainee Counsellors, Unemployed. Please contact me to discuss circumstances.

Availability

Please contact for current availability

Warrington
Cheshire
WA2

Type of session

Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Zoom
Alexandra Bate

Alexandra Bate