Alice Van Assen

Counsellor, Psychotherapist BA(Hons), AD.Dip, Individual MBACP
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9
07581 009 264 07581 009 264

About me

Hi I am Alice. I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

I offer one to one counselling for young people and adults.

I work in the best way to suit each of my client’s individual needs, within an integrative approach. This will be person- centered, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), psychodynamic or TA (transaction analysis). I offer short term or long term therapy. I run a private practice from my home that is a safe, separate space from my house. I also run sessions by walk and talk, phone, online (zoom) or through email/whatsapp service.

Working collaboratively in my experience can be highly beneficial for my clients. My therapy sessions will help you to piece together different aspects of your life (environment, feelings, thoughts and behaviors). This can break down what is triggering your negative thoughts. Our aim is to recognize these unwanted, negative thoughts and replace them with positive. The negative thoughts can prevent us from growing as a person and cause barriers. Breaking down those barriers is when we start to see positive results.

Counselling can help us to talk in a safe space without judgement.  Recognizing that it is time for you to seek help through counselling is important, putting your own well- Being first can be a difficult task. We often put family, work and friends before our own self. It may be time for you to put your own needs first , by taking the first steps to start counselling.

Sometimes in life we face challenges that are beyond the limit of support from our family and friends. Counselling can give you wider support, time and reflection for the problems you are facing. Our end goal in counselling is for you to reach personal growth and feel you have an understanding of your situation. You will have a person you can talk to within the safe, confidential boundaries that counselling brings. This can be just what is needed to reach your full potential. Happiness is what we strive towards.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 2 introduction to counselling
  • Advanced level 4 diploma in counselling
  • Level 5 practitioner’s diploma in counselling- cognitive behavioral therapy
  • BA Hons in counselling psychotherapy - person centered and gestalt therapy
  • PTSD Intense Master class CBT
  • Youth Training Substance Misuse Awareness
  • Youth training health and sexual issues
  • Emotional well-being and behavioral management (children under 7s)
  • Eating Disorders course in counselling
  • Diploma children and young peoples mental health and wellness
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency

I am an individual member of the British Association for Counselling and

Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to the BACP's ethical code of practice.

I formally worked for the charity MIND as a PTSD and general counsellor for 4 years. This was with ages 15- 80 Before this I used to work within their signposting, initial enquirers team. Working for such a well- know established charity, I was able to attend many mental health training courses to support my role.  My next step in my counselling career was to open my own private practice that I run from my home.

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.

Areas of counselling I deal with


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

We will start off by doing an initial assessment please contact me by phone, text or email to book in your first initial assessment. In the initial assessment we will go through what has brought you to counselling, the problems you are facing, personal history and a bit of background. From this we will make a decision if the therapy I offer is suitable for your needs.

Please note I have a 24 hours notice policy for cancellations.

Initial assessments can take up to 1.5 hours I charge £40 for under 18s and £40 for adults.

Our counselling sessions will be 50mins long. I charge £35 for under 18s and £45 for adults

Please enquirer if you are a counselling student or currently out of work, as I do offer some movement in fees if these apply to you.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Available 9am-8pm Monday - Saturday Evening appointments are available

Further information

I have a Facebook page: @healthandwellbeingcounselling

I currently work weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.

Please note I have a 24 hours notice policy for cancellations.

You are welcome to contact me by text, email or phone if any further assistance is needed.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme