Alexandra Cotton BA (Hons), MBACP (Accred)
I am a psychodynamic counsellor and work with individuals and couples, teenagers and adults. Counselling is about looking at oneself from a new perspective. Exploring your feelings and behaviour with the help and impartiality of a professional counsellor can enable you to make sense of issues and problems which may feel unbearable and often paralysing. By understanding yourself better, you can begin to move forward in life.
I offer an initial assessment session where we can talk about why you feel you may like some counselling, and decide whether working together may be helpful to you.
Psychodynamic counselling means understanding what is troubling you both consciously and unconsciously. It involves exploring your early relationships and understanding how they connect with difficulties you may be having with people in your current life, especially partners, parents, children, siblings and work colleagues.
Areas in which I have particular expertise include:
- Relationship problems
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my training by gaining a Certificate in Counselling Skills and Attitudes from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London. I qualified as a psychodynamic counsellor in 1998 from the Manor House Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy, London, a BACP accredited course.
I worked in a GP surgery for three years and then as a student counsellor at the University of North London followed by the University of Winchester. I worked at Compass Counselling in Lymington for seven years before setting up in private practice from home in North Dorset.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Assessments are charged at £45 for individuals and £70 for couples.
Further counselling sessions are £45 for individuals and £70 for couples. I have a small number of lower fee places, which I am happy to discuss if you would like to get in touch.