Ali Harris, MBACP, Ali Harris Therapy
What can counselling do?
If you're thinking about counselling, then you are probably ultimately looking to create some kind of lasting change in yourself & your life. That's what good counselling does - it aims to facilitate positive change. Change can be good, but it can feel daunting too; it’s ok, it's normal to feel a bit scared.
It may also feel like a weird or unlikely concept - the idea of bringing about this kind of change 'just by talking'?It's true that counselling cannot change the past, & it cannot directly alter the present, but I've found that what it can do, given the chance, is help you to feel differently about yourself - past, present & future, which in turn allows you to develop the ability to make lasting, positive life changes.
What I offer
I offer compassionate, collaborative counselling in a comfortable, contemporary setting, where you will be met by me with warmth, empathy, professionalism, good humour, zero BS and absolutely no psycho-babble.
Who I work with
I work with people over the age of 18, no matter their gender, sexuality, race, size, ability or religion.
You are not alone
The idea of change can be uncomfortable but however difficult and scary it is, how frightening is the alternative - staying sad and afraid, never trying, always wondering if it could have been different? No, you can do this, & you don't have to do it alone. Why not get in touch now & we can begin thinking together about what's troubling you and what changes you want to see in yourself and your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Counselling Experience
- I spent a year working as a volunteer counsellor for The Road Victims Trust, supporting people who had experienced trauma associated with road traffic collisions.
- I have worked and volunteered at The Counselling Foundation for the last eight years and I still see Foundation clients, conducting assessments and doing counselling work that is short term (6-8 weeks,) mid-term (20 weeks) and long-term (open-ended,) at the St Albans and Luton centres.
- I regularly attend training seminars and CPD talks to keep my skills up to date.
- BA in English and Comparative Literature from Goldsmith’s University of London.
- Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the Counselling Foundation, St Albans.
- Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the Counselling Foundation, St Albans.
- I am currently training with the Institute of Family Therapy in London on a course run for Relate in Systemic & Psychodynamic Approaches to Couples Counselling.
My Accreditations & Licenses
- I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their code of ethics.
- I am currently working towards BACP accreditation.
- I have an enhanced DBS.
- I have the requisite professional indemnity insurance.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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My sessions are weekly, last 50 minutes and cost £50 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
- I always make time every week to meet with people for a free 20 minute consultation (online or in person.)
- I have some week day & evening appointments available inc Saturday afternoons.
Types of client