Alison Brake - MSc, CTA, UKCP
*During this difficult time of isolation and social distancing I am offering sessions via video or phone. Please get in touch to discuss how I can help you**
Are you suffering from low mood and depression that you can't shake off? Or perhaps you have recently suffered a bereavement or relationship breakdown that you are struggling to come to terms with. Your relationship with your partner or your family may be worrying you. You may be suffering from stress at work or anxiety and panic attacks that are making it difficult to get on with your life. Or perhaps you are feeling stuck in a rut and want to understand why and what to do about it.
If this sounds familiar then as an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, I can help you. Counselling offers a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment in which you can to explore your feelings, understand more about their origins and connect them to both your past and present situation.
Do get in touch so that we can talk about what is troubling you and how I can help you.
I offer short and long term therapy and work collaboratively with both individuals and couples to:
- explore and make sense of their difficult experiences
- come to terms with losses they have borne or are facing
- help them to acknowledge, regulate and express to others the difficult emotions that come with these
- become more aware of their unhelpful patterns of thinking, behaving and relating to others or each other
- gain an understanding of how to change these patterns in order to form more meaningful and authentic relationships and live more fulfilling lives
Individual counselling: I work with a range of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, self-esteem and relationship difficulties. I am particularly interested in working with clients through periods of transition, where questions of self-identity are important, for example adjusting to parenthood, redundancy or relationship loss.
Couples counselling: I work with couples at various stages of difficulty in their relationship, helping them to communicate more effectively, identify narratives in the relationship which may be getting in the way of how they relate to each other and finding new ways to connecting more intimately and authentically.
My own experience of counselling to help with stress and depression led me to pursue my training in this area. Prior to this I spent 20 years in the corporate sector and I am able to use my own first-hand experience of the stresses and challenges of that environment in my work with clients.
In addition to seeing clients privately I have practised in general counselling services in West London where I continue to work with a broad range of symptoms and emotional difficulties. I have worked with both young and elderly clients from a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as LGBT clients. I welcome enquiries from all communities.
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process; my role is not to “fix” but to facilitate understanding and awareness and to empower clients to make new choices. In my work I draw on a number of models and approaches (Transactional Analysis, humanistic, psychodynamic, attachment theory) to understand each person's present difficulties in the context of their own experience.
I am a registered member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy (no. 2011172555) and abide by their Ethical Code, which guides the values and principles at the heart of my practice: confidentiality, respect, equality. Like all registered therapists I am in regular professional supervision, which provides me with the support I need to work with my clients’ difficult material.
Whatever your situation, do get in touch so that we can discuss what is troubling you and how we could work together. I offer a low cost initial consultation, which will give you the opportunity to get a feel for what counselling with me would be like. If you are happy to continue, we can talk in more detail about how to move forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy
Member of the Metanoia Institute
MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Metanoia Institute
Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills, Metanoia Institute
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
Initial consultation: £20
Individual counselling: £55 - £60 for a 50 minute session
Couples counselling: £70 - £80 for a 50 minute session