Ali Bushell

London, E1 1EP

About me

If you want to book an introductory session please check out my website for access to my up to date calendar - just find a convenient time and email me to request it, I'm happy to help. Based in Aldgate East / Whitechapel / Liverpool Street. Your first session is £20 with no obligation to any further.

HANDLING COVID - Under lockdown restrictions my work is virtual only but I will return to face to face as soon as I am able to. My therapy space is set up to reduce risk of COVID transmission as much as possible whilst still effectively providing the therapy.

Deciding whether you can work with someone in what can be an intimate and vulnerable relationship like that of the client / therapist is something that needs to be considered and must feel right to you. Having had eight years of therapy myself with several counsellors and psychotherapists I definitely appreciate being apprehensive of contacting someone for the first time, and wanting someone to help me soon. I know what it’s like to be in your shoes.

So what can I say to help put you at ease? What kind of person am I? The easiest way to describe it would be to simply say that I’m a good listener - people feel like they can talk to me, but also that they want to. I’m non-judgemental, curious and interested to know what is happening for my clients and I don’t look to place labels on them or pathologise their behaviour. I’m highly able to understand and connect with the emotions of others, I’m open and transparent in my approach but also able to be analytical about what is happening too.

I also think it’s important for clients to have a space where they can simply be, to express their fears or other feelings they don’t believe can be shown elsewhere. Sometimes people just need to be able to take off whatever mask they feel they need to wear in the world so that they can be seen, accepted and understood. I do my best to make my clients feel comfortable so that when they are challenged it feels like someone trying to help them, not like they are being criticised, judged or attacked.

My approach has been very helpful to previous clients that have dealt with issues such as:

Negative self belief
Fear and hopelessness
Domestic violence
Male identity/issues related to male gender expectations
Sex and sexuality
Non-traditional relationship types
Just generally not feeling happy and not knowing why

I’m also experienced in the modality of Internal Family Systems therapy which is particularly useful for individuals with trauma or difficulties from earlier in life that they want to address.

If I seem like someone you would like to work with I’d encourage you to get in touch and have either a free 10 minute phone consultation or a trial session to see how we fit. The first session is a reduced rate and there is no commitment to further sessions - just come and tell me what you want help with and you’ll know if I’m the right person for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • NVQ level 2 certificate in counselling
  • NVQ level 3 certificate in counselling theory and skills
  • NVQ level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling
  • Volunteer counsellor at Everyman project - a charity to help men dealing with anger and abusive/violent behavior
  • Volunteer counsellor at One Vision - a low-cost counselling service based in Deptford in SE London
  • My own private practice in Aldgate

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


First session - £20 / hour

Follow up sessions - £70 / hour

Discounted daytime rate £60 / hour (2pm to 5pm)

Students - £35 / hour (only valid with an NUS card, I do not have any available student slots - please email me to be added to my waiting list if you want to see me as a student)

I accept all major credit and debit cards via an iZettle, bank transfers or cash.

Plumbers Row
E1 1EP

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Currently, under lockdown restrictions, I can only see clients virtually. I am currently taking new clients and I am available between 2pm to 8pm Mondays to Thursday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Ali Bushell

Ali Bushell