MSc. MBACP (Accred) - Green Stairwell Counselling
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Hello, my name is Alex and I am a counsellor who can help you to feel better about yourself, your life and your circumstances. Together we can unlock the reasons behind how you feel and what you feel, help you to get to know yourself better, and build confidence and self-esteem, which others will not be able to spoil. Do you suffer from anxiety or social anxiety and want to find out why you feel anxious? Perhaps you are feeling sad but you are not quite sure why, and would like to get to the bottom of it? Maybe you are wondering if it is depression, and how to know the difference. Perhaps you feel that there is too much stress in your life and you are wondering how best to deal with it or maybe try to avoid it. Maybe you suffered a loss in your life and feel overwhelmed by grief. Your loss may be a death of someone close, but it can also be one of a hundred different losses that we as humans can experience every day: a loss of health, job, friendship, trust, confidence, peace of mind to name just a few.
I cannot guarantee that bad and challenging things won't happen in your life, but I can help you to feel more robust and prepared to deal with what life throws at you, in a way that is true to you.
What to expect in your first session
It is perfectly normal to feel nervous about something as new and unknown as counselling may be for you. Hopefully during the first session you will be able to relax and tell me about your individual situation, and problems or issues that are troubling you. I may ask some additional questions to help me understand your situation better, but you will never be forced into talking about something that you do not want to. We will discuss and agree on what would be the best way for us to work together, and agree on the initial number of sessions, and time and day that we will meet. Depending on your individual needs, you may only need a few sessions, or long term therapy. I will make suggestions on how we move forward, but the final decision rests with you.
How counselling can help
I believe that you and your circumstances are unique. It might be that at this moment in time you need a better understanding of why you feel, think, and act in a certain way at present, which may involve looking at your past, or perhaps right now you prefer to concentrate on your current situation and see how you can view or handle things differently in the present, in order to have a better quality of life here and now. You may feel that you need a bit of both, as understanding what happened to you in the past can help you to successfully shape your present and future. Finally, you may not have any strong ideas of what you would like to achieve, but you feel that things are out of control, and you would really like to talk to someone who will not judge you or tell you what to do.No issue is ‘too small’ for counselling. If it bothers you or disrupts your life then it is big enough both for you and me as your counsellor.
I believe that you already have a huge potential and arsenal of resources to help yourself on the way to healing and leading a satisfying life, but often access to these resources can be somehow blurry or obscured, or impossible for you to access. My role is not to give you advice or tell you what to do, but to work together with you to help you find a state where you are satisfied and happy with your life. This will involve exploring and expanding your strengths, resilience and knowledge, which will be unique to you and your individual circumstances, and which will enable you to take the first steps towards a happy and fulfilling life. I like to call it your ‘toolbox’, which hopefully you will find helpful, not only during therapy, but also long after the therapy is finished.
I hope you will find that I am a warm and genuine person and counsellor, and able to create a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental environment in which you can feel safe and comfortable to talk to me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold MSc in Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Greenwich, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology. I am an experienced counsellor and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I also posses an Online Counselling Skills Diploma, and I am a professional member of Association of Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)
I work with individual clients in a one-to-one, face-to-face setting and in a one-to-one setting online. Before setting up my private practice, I also worked as a counsellor for Mind, and as a bereavement counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care. I have experience in working with a wide range of issues including bereavement, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, and emotional abuse amongst many others.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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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The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Helping people with bereavement and loss is a particular interest of mine, and I have several years’ experience of working with bereaved people. Death can often be a taboo subject in society when even the people closest to you do not know what to say, or simply avoid talking to you. At the time of deepest despair after the death of a loved one, you may find yourself either isolated or surrounded by well-wishers urging you to think positive and move on, which does not really help you. The process of grieving can be (made) even more complicated when a death is very sudden as a result of suicide, accident or murder. Surprisingly, the death of someone who hurt or abused you in any way may also prove very difficult to deal with. Sometimes you may feel that you are denied the right to grieve properly when a relationship with a loved one who died was kept secret from others, who cannot now fully understand the extent of your grief.
I also feel very passionate about working online with people who cannot access face to face counselling or who for many reasons may prefer this type of counselling. In the current climate this method of working may become increasingly popular.
You may find, that even years after the loss, you are not feeling any better (and everyone expects you to). This is not at all strange. I believe that time can contribute to healing, but that healing cannot be left to time alone. It is very important to begin the process of talking, and understanding that grief and pain can never be eliminated, but that you can learn to live with it.
The overpowering feeling of loss can of course be brought on by things other than death. You may decide to seek counselling because you suffer from a different kind of loss, for example, a loss of health, happiness, life satisfaction, job, money, security, loss of love or friendship, loss of opportunities and many others.
During many years of working with clients in a face to face setting, I have grown to understand that the decision to seek out support and begin therapy can often be a daunting one. You may have thought about counselling for some time, and instinctively feel that it can help you, but the idea of arriving at a therapist’s room, sitting down face to face with a counsellor, and beginning to talk about the things in your life which are often difficult, painful, or even unspeakable may have pulled you back from seeking support. I appreciate how having to be physically present in the room with a therapist can add an extra layer of difficulty in making this big first step, and may even discourage you from reaching out for the help you so desperately need. For that reason I also offer online counselling by email, Instant Messenger (Vsee) or video link (Zoom).
If you would like to find out more about online counselling and whether it would be suitable for you, please visit my website for more detailed information or simply contact me and I will be happy to explain in more depth about what online counselling can offer and how it will work.
£45.00 per session
The duration of the counselling session is 50 minutes.
Fees are £45 for a 50 min session.
My current availability is weekday evenings (5pm - 8pm) - please contact me for more details and availability in any given week.
I also offer online counselling. More details about how I work online can be found in my profile information section and on my website.
My therapy room is located in central Dartford, close to buses, and is only a 5 minute walk from Dartford train station. Free parking is available across the road.
If you decide on online counselling, there's no need to travel.
When I work
My current availability for online or telephone sessions is weekday evenings.
In the current situation you may be seeking counselling support online perhaps more often than you did in the past. It is important to remember that online counselling is not simply switching from face to face environment to using a computer, but that it is quite different (albeit equally helpful) way of working, and therefore I would urge you to seek help from someone who is qualified to work this way.
I can work with you using Instant Messaging, Video or email, whichever method suits you best. I am qualified to do this work and I am also a professional member of Association of Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)