Ali Abrahams MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, Reg. MBACP
I am an experienced Integrative Therapist, this means that my way of working is to draw from a range of models so that I can adapt my work to meet your particular needs as not one size fits all, we are all unique. My aim is to find the best way to work with you in your individuality and uniqueness so that we can ensure therapy is a good experience for you.
There may be times in our lives where we find ourselves experiencing difficulty. Perhaps a life event has occurred that you are struggling to move through, or you are aware of unhelpful patterns of relating in your close relationships. Perhaps past experiences are affecting you in the present and making it difficult for you to move into your future with confidence and hope. You may simply feel stuck and wish to grow in your understanding of yourself.
Whatever your reasons for coming to counselling, whether you want to spend a short time looking at a particular issue or feel that you want to explore something in your life that may take a little longer, we will work at your pace and for the length of time you wish. I will also ensure that we review our work from time to time, to make sure that your needs are being met.
I have had the honour of working with people from many different backgrounds coming with a wide range of issues.
As a previous Specialist Nurse in Diabetes, I have a special interest in helping people to process the difficult feelings and sense of loss that comes with a diagnosis of diabetes or other chronic diseases.
I also have an interest in working with people who have experienced abuse in either childhood, adult relationships or both and have extensive experience in this area. Abuse may be physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial and control is usually a key element of this difficult experience.
Abuse of any sort is devastating and crippling, affecting our self esteem and sense of self worth, leaving us feeling helpless and hopeless. My hope is that by validating your experience and helping you to process this painful part of your life, we may empower you to face your future with hope and courage.
I passionately believe that it is the longing of every human being to be heard and understood and it is my hope that in giving you the opportunity for this, you will feel validated in your unique experience, resulting in an increase in self esteem, self worth and hope.
Research shows that it is the quality of the therapist/client relationship that achieves a successful outcome to therapy. Because this is so important, I work to build a warm, compassionate, non-judgemental and respectful relationship to help you feel safe and comfortable so that you feel able to talk about whatever you wish. It may feel daunting to come to counselling especially for the first time, I understand this and want to make it a safe space as we explore your thoughts and feelings and work together to find the solutions you're looking for.
Our initial session is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about how I work and for me to understand what has brought you to counselling and what you would like to achieve. It is also a chance for us both to decide if we could work together. If you do not feel I am the right therapist for you at this time, you are under no obligation to continue after this session.
Alternatively, you may wish to phone me and ask any questions you wish before setting an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate in Communication & Counselling Skills
Registered General Nurse
I seek to continually update my practice and have attended training events including:
- Character Styles: The issues of attachment
- Attachments and Neuroscience
- Attachment Theory: Working with trauma and loss
- Working with Domestic Abuse
- The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy
- Working with Couples (This course is endorsed by the College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists; COSRT)
- From Attachment Theory to Relational Neuroscience
- Mindfulness Course
- An Integrative Approach to treatment of clients with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (Reg. MBACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
£50 per 50 minute session for individuals.
£60 per 60 minute session for couples.
£35.00 per 50 minute session for student counsellors.
I offer Supervision to Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA). This is available in both Sunninghill and Feltham locations.
Fees are £50.00 for a 1 hour session.
For more information, please contact me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently away and unavailable until Monday 3rd February 2020
I am still taking on new short term clients but please be advised that I will be retiring at the end of February 2020.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|