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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Assessments are charged at £40 for individuals and £60 for couples.
Further counselling sessions are £40 for individuals and £60 for couples. I have a small number of lower cost places.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|