Alexandra Cotton

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BA (Hons), MBACP (Accred)
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Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8EF
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About me

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:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Assessments and further sessions are charged at £50 for individuals and £80 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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Child Okeford, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8EF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Alexandra Cotton
Alexandra Cotton