About me

Counselling is a safe space to allow you to explore past or present issues that are impacting on your every day life. I have over 20 years of counselling experience to enable me to come alongside you on this journey. I specialise in working with complex trauma, abuse, C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociative disorders like DID (Dissociation Identity Disorder). I also have a lot of experience working with anxiety, depression, addiction, attachment and relationship issues, as well as the everyday issues many people struggle with.

Due to the ongoing pandemic I am offering counselling through the zoom platform or I offer face to face counselling if you are able to take a Lateral Flow Test before attending on the day of counselling.

I will work with you to help you deepen your awareness of your feelings, thoughts and body sensations, working towards a more integrated sense of self. Getting to know and connect to your deeper self is essential in your growth and to enable you to learn new strategies to manage every day life. I seek to create a safe space for you to explore any deeper underlying issues that may be at the root of what you are experiencing, and will pace the counselling to suit you. I am an integrative counsellor which means that I am able to draw from different models of counselling rather than being restricted to one. This means that I can tailor the counselling to fit you as a unique individual.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my initial counselling training in 1997. I have qualification in:

  • Certificates in Advanced Counselling
  • COSCA Diploma in Counselling
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • Over 80 professional CPD training in Structural Dissociation Model
  • As well as extensive CPD, training conferences and workshops.
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

I started a generic counselling practice with a colleague which I helped run for many years. I also helped manage a well established counselling agency in Edinburgh who specialised in working with complex trauma and addiction for over 5 years.

I have been mentoring and supervising other counsellors for over 10 years.

I have written and delivered CPD training to counsellors, psychotherapist and other professional on 'The Neurobiological effects of Trauma', as well as co-delivering training on 'Working with Substance Use' and 'Safeguarding' for counsellors and psychotherapists with a college Ruth Galloway-Kirkland.

I have been running my own private practice in counselling and supervisor of counsellors for over 7 years now.

I am a Counselling Practitioner member of COSCA and follow their ethical framework.

Member organisations

COSCA

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

I specialise in working with Complex trauma, C-PTSD, and dissociative disorders like: DID (Dissociation Identity Disorder) DDNOS (Dissociation Disorder Not Otherwise Specified).

Fees

£65.00 per session

Additional information

I charge £65 for a 50 minute counselling session

£65 hr for clinical supervision of counsellors and other professionals.

Availability

I offer appointments Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the day with the last session starting at 4pm/4.30pm.

Further information

The main models I draw from are;

Psychodynamic, Person Centred, CBT, Structural Dissociation Model, Sensorimotor Model, Internal Family systems, and I will use creative resources and work somatically where the client finds this helpful.

Livingston
West Lothian
EH54

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have been mentoring counsellors and offering clinical supervision to other counsellors for over 10 years.

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Alison Balfour

Alison Balfour