Aline Xavier MA, BA (hons), MBACP, MACC
I'm an integrative therapist, which means I work differently with each client, drawing on different elements of theory and practice to create a way of working that is unique to the presenting needs. I have been trained in a broad spectrum of approaches and techniques that allow me to do this effectively. For example, I may combine solutions-focused therapy (which is future-focused and goal-oriented) with narrative therapy (which separates the person from the problem, allowing them to safely confront issues from the past) to create a tailored approach. My passion is for clients to experience change, healing and gain a deep understanding of themselves through the therapeutic process. I seek to create a safe and non-judgemental space where the therapy takes place through a warm and genuine relationship, assisting the client in developing healthier and more sustainable self-support and external support systems. My work with clients includes working with new mothers experiencing identity change and postnatal depression, relationship breakdown, loss and bereavement, social anxiety, managing depression and anxiety, and sexual and domestic abuse. I have a special interest and passion in perinatal care and have recently developed more online work with single mothers who often struggle to access face-to-face sessions.
Alongside therapeutic work I am a lecturer for the Open University in undergraduate modules of the Health and Social Care BA programme, including Mental Health in the Community and Supporting Wellbeing in Children and Young People. Most of my current therapeutic work is online, reflecting my own life of balancing work with Tilia, lecturing, and being a Mum. I live in Tooting, SW London with my husband and two children, and can regularly be found strolling South London parks with reusable coffee cup in hand!
Training, qualifications & experience
DipHE Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (Distinction, Heart and Mind London [CPCAB])
BA Youth Work and Theology (Upper Second Class, Oxford Brookes University)
MA Leadership and Management (Merit, Kings College London)
Prior to counselling work I was Head of Student Support services at a HE College in Central London, with oversight of counselling and pastoral care. I have worked for a number of charities in pastoral care roles, and developed a small profile delivering training and teaching to charities supporting pastoral care elements of their organisations.
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are charged between £40-80.00, operating on a sliding scale, based on household income to ensure that services are accessible and inclusive.
Students and those earning under £15K - £40.00
Under £25K - £45.00
Under £40K - £50.00
Under £60K - £55
Under £80K - £60.00
Under £150K - £65.00
Over £150K - £80.00
Further concessions will occasionally be available; please email me for more information.