Alexandra Batten MBACP
Mandala Counselling Services
Blaby Civic Centre
22-24 Leicester Road
Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
I am a fully qualified and insured integrative counsellor with experience of working with a broad range of presenting issues and with clients from diverse backgrounds. I am a Registered member (MBACP) of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) which is in turn an accredited member of the Professional Standards Authority. http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/
How I work
Although I work predominantly as a Person-centred therapist I sometimes integrate psychodynamic concepts which may help us explore past relationships and patterns of behaviour that may be affecting your experience of current issues, as many current problems are often buried in childhood experience. I may also use relaxation techniques, mindfulness and body-awareness to help you understand and deal with the anxiety around the problems you are experiencing.
I believe in a clients’ potential and ability to make the right choices for him or herself. I won't give advice but I will help you explore your situation to find ways of making the right choices for you. I believe that we all have the ability to make changes in our lives by developing greater understanding through exploration of difficult and sometimes painful emotions which hopefully help us gain insight into the problems we face and the solutions we seek. Therapy offers an opportunity to feel properly heard and to be able to think about and work through any issues at your own pace, without the pressure of feeling judged or misunderstood.
What I offer
I aim to offer my clients a calm, safe and empathic environment in which to explore personal issues without feeling judged. I believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the key to a successful outcome and so our first meeting is an important opportunity to get to know one another, to share information and to begin to develop a way of working together that feels right for you.
- Professional and confidential, one to one counselling (aged 16 and over).
- Employee counselling in the workplace, for organisations who would like to offer counselling to their employees.
Central to my work is a commitment to:
- Ongoing professional supervision
- Working within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2015)
- Undertake regular ongoing CPD training (Continued Professional Development) to develop and expand my skills and knowledge
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
Certificate of Higher Education in Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Leicester)
I have worked in a variety of settings with people from diverse backgrounds and with a wide variety of presenting issues and complex needs. Because of my experience I can tailor my approach to offer a unique way of working with you that specifically meets your needs and in a way that feels safe and comfortable for you.
I have worked as a therapist with a number of charitable organisations and within hospice care and further education environments; working with a wide spectrum of client issues. For many years I worked as a volunteer counsellor with a women's charity that aimed to transform the lives of women with complex needs, who face multiple disadvantage or who are victims of abuse and trauma. I am currently a volunteer counsellor working with a charity supporting male victims of sexual abuse.
I am also a member of Reflections Therapy Alliance www.reflectionstherapy.org.uk
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am registered with PODS: Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors, to say that I am willing to work with clients diagnosed or suspected of having DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder).
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- £20 initial/introductory session
- £40 per 50 minute session thereafter
- £30 discounted rate for POLICE & other Emergency Services personnel
- I offer a small number of discounted rates for people on low income or benefits. Please ask for availability.
- Workplace counselling through your employer is negotiated separately.
I practice from therapy rooms in the centre of Blaby. There is free parking outside the centre (when available) and plenty of available parking nearby. Disabled access is available via a lift.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
All day Wednesday and Friday afternoons in Blaby. Please contact me for available times.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|