Alicia Dawson Need To Talk Counselling
I specialise and am passionate about working with young people 13 years+ and those who are experiencing loss, anxiety, low self esteem and various forms of abuse and neglect in childhood. I understand talking to a stranger can feel scary at first, so gaining your trust and putting you at ease to feel safe, is very important to me. At times we all feel overwhelmed and in need of support to feel less confused, isolated and anxious about past or current events in our lives. I work with each individual’s thoughts, feelings and emotions to help you make sense of your unique life experiences, difficulties and trauma.
Our work is a shared journey where you can expect to be heard and valued and truly be and feel yourself. Throughout your therapy, you will never be expected to share anything you do not want to. What you want to gain from therapy will be your choice and will be explored as part of our work together. I work using integrative methods such as Gestalt theory, Person-Centred, Body Process and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I also use a range of creative methods when words are too difficult to express. I am experienced in safeguarding children and young people and hold an Enhanced clear DBS.
I work from a light, clean and elegant building in a peaceful, central area of Plymouth.
If you would like to get in touch to see if I am the right person to work with, I offer a free telephone consultation for you to ask any questions and talk about what you want from counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling.
I am in the process of completing Level 5 Advanced Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy at Heartwood Counselling and Psychotherapy College.
I am enthusiastic about working with young people. I offer voluntary counselling hours to young people for a well known young person's charity in Plymouth since 2018. I work with whatever presenting difficulties these young people want to talk about for example, relationship and friendship difficulties, bullying, questions around sexuality, feelings of low self esteem and suicidal thoughts.
I have worked with young people in Social Care for over 10 years, this experience has given me a good understanding of child development, attachment theory and the presenting issues that young people are faced with when growing up and learning about themselves.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with people who have experienced Narcissistic abuse Syndrome in childhood.
£40 per session
Initial session is £20
I offer a limited number of concessionary spaces to trainee counsellors, students and Key Workers.
Concessions offered for
Having worked with adults and children in children’s social care for over 10 years, I worked with people who experienced childhood abuse, trauma, loss, and family breakdown. This taught me about human behaviour, attachment theory and different forms of coping mechanisms.
I developed a trusting relationship and offered a trauma informed approach. I saw the difference that giving empathy and hope made to the lives of the people that I worked with.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) so adhere to their ethical guidelines and have regular Supervision to ensure I work safely. I also undertake regular training to up date my knowledge and inform my work.