Alicia Coates, MBACP Accredited Counsellor
Welcome! My name is Alicia and I am based in Stamford, Lincolnshire. You may be looking for a counsellor to help you or maybe someone else through a difficult time. It could be related to the current pandemic or it might be because of other factors. Deciding to see a counsellor can be daunting, and it is therefore really important that you choose someone that you have a connection with. This is why I offer a free 20 minute zoom chat or telephone call so that you can experience whether we connect and how we would work together before committing to therapy with me.
These are unprecedented times and we can easily feel overwhelmed with anxiety and worry. It will help to talk through how you are feeling. You simply cannot have the same conversation with your family and friends that you can have with your Counsellor. This is your space, I won't tell you how I have dealt with similar feelings or issues or how Joe Bloggs has, this is your opportunity to find out how you feel and work out what is right for you.
I usually work from my counselling room based in Stamford town centre. There is a car park nearby. At the moment, I can either offer virtual face to face counselling via zoom or telephone counselling. It is a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space. I can offer short or long term counselling depending on what is right for you.
I have successfully helped people who have experienced difficulties with self-harm & suicidal ideation, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse, stress and generalised anxiety, intrusive thoughts, depression, eating disorders & addiction, relationship issues, attachment issues, low self esteem and confidence, anger management, PTSD and trauma. My specialist interests are working with Boarding School survivors and with those who are children of narcissist parents.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified CPCAB Level 4 Diploma and MBACP Accredited Counsellor. My Integrative style of counselling is based on the person centred approach to therapy combined with other types of counselling such as looking at patterns in relationships to help you break repetitive cycles or exploring CBT techniques to help manage anxiety or depression. I use more than one approach to therapy depending on your needs and experiences.
I worked for several years as a Counsellor in primary care, based at GP Practises in Peterborough. I also have experience of working with young vulnerable adults during my time at Axiom Housing. I currently work as an Associate Counsellor for the Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling alongside my private practise. Before becoming a Counsellor, my background was in Human Resources. I have 20+ years experience of working in large corporates and have an excellent knowledge of employment law and how company procedures such as redundancy, disciplinary and absence management work. I often use this knowledge in my work with clients who are at a crossroads in their careers.
I am committed to attending regular additional training courses to enhance my practise.
I also have several years experience of personal therapy, so I understand the hopes and fears that you can feel as a client when meeting and building a relationship with your new Counsellor. I aim to offer you a calm, confidential environment where you can just be yourself.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Boarding school survivors
Children of narcissist parents
How long and frequent are sessions? Counselling sessions are usually 1 hour and can be weekly, fortnightly or how often you feel it would work well for you.
How much do sessions cost? Individual 1 hour sessions cost £50. If you think a shorter session would be better for you - let's chat about how that could work and how much it would cost.
How do I get started? Send me an email via the Counselling Directory or visit my website for further information. Once you have made contact, we can arrange a 20 minute zoom chat or telephone call to explore how we might work together which is free.
Once we have met on zoom or spoken on the telephone, I will send you a confirmation email with all the necessary information to find me easily and to ensure your first session is stress free.
Payment via bank transfer ahead of each session is required to secure your appointment.
Concessions offered for
Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows you to talk about your problems and feelings in a confidential environment. Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable. Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy, by exploring feelings and thoughts with a Counsellor, you can discover solutions to problems, feel more confident making choices and create positive change in your life.
A humanistic person centred approach to counselling allows you to go at your own pace and choose your own topics. I will help you to explore anything in the past that is holding you back, recognise your own potential and further your personal growth.
I also have a:
- Enhanced DBS check certificate
- Professional liability insurance
- Am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office
I have received training in working on-line.
I operate an equal opportunities policy and do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, marital status, physical disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, social origins, political or religious beliefs.