Alison Brake - PG Dip. Couns, MBACP (Reg.)
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, 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 British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (no. 723818) and abide by their Ethical Framework, 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
Registered member of the BACP
Member of the Metanoia Institute
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Metanoia Institute
In advanced stages of MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute
Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills, Metanoia Institute
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Initial consultation: £20
Individual counselling: £55 - £60 for a 50 minute session
Couples counselling: £70 - £80 for a 50 minute session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer both daytime and evening appointments on weekdays.
Types of client