Alice Lea MBACP
People come to therapy for many different reasons: you can't sleep, are finding it difficult to move on from a person or situation, you’re having trouble at work. Or perhaps you’ve noticed a change in yourself, or some repeating patterns that you’d like to understand better. Perhaps simply things don’t feel right and you’re not sure why.
If you feel a desire for change, I work collaboratively with you to decide upon both the route and the destination. And, looking beyond therapy, I hope to help you develop a sense of assurance in your own beliefs and values, and an understanding of how to draw on your inner resources to face life's challenges.
I work with individuals; adults (ages 16 and above), of all gender identities. I work from an integrative model, which means that I’m trained to use elements of the main therapeutic approaches: psychodynamics, person-centred and cognitive-behavioural. People are as varied and diverse as the issues they bring, and I believe finding the right combination of skills and theories suited to you is very important.
I subscribe to the person-centred approach that if the right conditions are created a person can be, and express, themselves authentically. I believe that everyone knows what’s right for them and I see my role as helping you get to know that. It never ceases to humble me how powerful it can be to be seen, heard and understood.
As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy I adhere to the BACP ethical framework and receive regular clinical supervision from an accredited practitioner. I also attend regular training as part of my ongoing Continual Professional Development (CPD), and have recently completed a course in managing risk, and in providing online and telephone counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a private practice and work with a broad variety of individuals. I have experience as an honorary counsellor in a low-cost service, helping people with numerous presenting issues such as, relationship troubles, life transitions, self-esteem, trauma, abuse, anxiety and depression.
I have worked in a number of sectors; however, visual art has always played a part. Most pertinent to where I am now, I created and led art workshops in various community classes, such as parent and baby; mental health patients; Alzheimer and dementia groups. I learned from this experience that the process is more important than the outcome of the artistic exercise, and was encouraged to see that the activities I devised provided relaxation and calm for the participants.
- University of East London, Postgraduate Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited)
- Tavistock Relationships, Introduction to Psychodynamic Couples Psychotherapy
- City Lit London, Person-Centred Counselling Skills Level 2
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
You can contact me by phone (07521782213) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to arrange an assessment:
This will give us the chance to get to know each other and see if we’d like to work together. If so, we’ll meet on a weekly basis, at the same agreed time, for a fifty minute session. The number of sessions we have is up to you and we can discuss this as part of the assessment.
For face-to-face sessions I have a practice near Euston. A photo of the room is above. I also offer online sessions via Zoom.
I charge £50 per session and offer a limited number of concessional slots for those on low incomes. We can discuss the fee in our first session. I ask for payment a week in advance from our first session after the assessment.
I take regular breaks and will give you as much notice as possible. Missed sessions outside agreed periods will need to be paid for so I can hold the slot for you. I will always try to rearrange where possible.