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About me

Due to COVID 19 sessions are by telephone and video (Skype, Zoom).  I look forward to returning to face to face sessions.

In these strange and difficult times you may be feeling anxious,  troubled, sad, stressed, depressed, overwhelmed, stuck, or unfulfilled. I provide a supportive, confidential and open-minded space to explore life's difficulties, confusions and uncertainties.  Working together our purpose is to realise new understandings and ways of being so you can live a richer more fulfilling life. No subject is off limits.

I offer a holistic approach that sees body, mind, emotions and spirit as inseparable aspects of being, all requiring care and concern. I will not impose fixed ideas or concepts but I will do all I can to help you find understanding and meaning. I work in a practical and philosophical way to help you engage and deal with what is troubling you.

Therapy provides perspective, makes sense of what has happened and provides a basis for moving forward.

I believe that respect for the individual, understanding and being real are important qualities for therapy.

I offer therapy on short term, time limited  or longer term basis depending on a clients needs.For those new to therapy I usually recommend 12 sessions as a starting point.

I have extensive experience  of working individually with people of all ages from young adults and in particular with anxiety, stress, anger management, generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, depression, trauma, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, relationship issues, family issues, parenting concerns, depression, phobias, bereavement and loss.

In addition I offer Autogenic Training on an individual and group basis. Autogenic Therapy is a simple but profound self-help technique to rebalance the bodies physiological stress response and reduce anxiety. (www.autogenic-therapy.org.uk)

What to expect

I offer an initial consultation to discuss your situation and decide whether my approach is right for you. If you decide to start therapy, a regular weekly session time will be agreed and reserved for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified psychotherapist. I have a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (ADEP) from Regent's University LOndon. In addition I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Autogenic Training (PGCAT).

I am accredited by the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and a registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, the SEA (Society of Existential Analysis) and BAS (British Autogenic Society). I abide by their Codes of Ethics and Conduct.  As part of these codes, I receive supervision and undertake regular further training and personal development.

As an undergraduate I studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford University. Prior to training to become a psychotherapist I worked in finance and trained as a Chartered Accountant. I have experience of working in a range of organisations, including a University Counselling Department for 5 years, and a voluntary community based counselling service for young people. I am currently in private practice in South Oxfordshire and Central London.

I have been trained in different models of psychotherapy including psychodynamic, relational, humanistic, attachment, cognitive behavioural therapies and Autogenic Therapy. I primarily work within the existential tradition, which explores being human and all that that entails.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

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.

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In addition I have experience of working with the following issues:

-domestic violence and abuse

-parenting issues and concerns

-employment, work, career and unemployment issues

- long term illness, and fear of death and dying

- meaninglessness and isolation

- Expatriate experiences and issues of belonging, identity and home.

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees for an initial consultation are £70. The fee for ongoing therapy depends on time of day and location and will be discussed in the initial consultation. Sessions last 50 minutes from scheduled start time.

Payment is online prior to the session.

For more information or to speak prior to arranging an initial consultation please contact me on 07812 095633 or email alina@alinabarrowcliff.com

Availability

Limited availability please enquire.

Further information

Access

Central Henley-on-Thames is easily accessible from Marlow, Twyford, Shiplake, Reading, Caversham, Nettlebed, Watlington, Wallingford, High Wycombe,Thame, Stokenchurch, Maidenhead, Cookham, South Bucks, South Oxon, West Berkshire and surrounding areas.

Watlington is 5 minutes drive from Junction 6 of the M40 offering easy access from Oxford, Thames, Chalgrove, Stadhampton, High Wycombe, Marlow, Princes Risborough, Hambledon valley, Chinnor and surrounding villages

Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1U is easily accessible from Baker Street Underground Station.  There is on-street metered parking.

Parking

There is ample free parking at my Watlington consulting room and metered parking in the Station Car Park 2 minutes walk from my Henley practice.

Watlington
OX49

Marylebone
London
W1U

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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Alina Barrowcliff UKCP MBACP, London and Oxfordshire

Alina Barrowcliff UKCP MBACP, London and Oxfordshire