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About me

People seek counselling for many different reasons. You may be facing a crisis such as a relationship problem, bereavement or other major life change or you may be feeling anxious and lonely. You could be depressed and not really know why or maybe you are having trouble coping with something that happened in your past.

I am an experienced, qualified and accredited Integrative Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist working from my private rooms located in my home close to Stansted  Airport.  I also work as an approved therapist for Anxiety UK, specialising in helping individuals with anxiety disorders.

Making a positive difference to the lives of others is important to me. I am warm, caring and compassionate and provide a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to gain a greater sense of awareness and be heard and understood.  Our work will support you explore your options and find new ways to cope so you may feel more positive about the future.

I work from a number of different theoretical frameworks and adapt my skills and training to meet your individual needs. I can work with you on either a short term or long term basis, supporting you to make changes to your current life or work through past pain.

Please call or email me to arrange an appointment or discuss any questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Ad Dip PC)
  • Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (Dip CST)
  • Certificate in Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills (Cert Hyp CS)
  • Certificate in Counselling Children
  • Adult Teaching Certificate
  • Diplomas in working with children and young people

As well as working in private practice, I am also an approved therapist with Anxiety UK, with a special interest in anxiety conditions, such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Social Anxiety.  Previously, I have worked for a variety of national  and local organisations and charities, including Essex County Council, 4Children, Catch22, Homestart UK and First Stop as a counsellor, family support worker as well as working in training and development roles.  I have gained much satisfaction in supporting individuals to deal with the challenges that life brings, including relationship problems, anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, addictions, fears and phobias, anger management, abuse and bereavement.

I am a qualified hypnotherapist and therefore able to offer hypnotherapy as part of the counselling process if this is desired.  This often helps clients to cope better with their situations as well as helping to provide the motivation to make and maintain changes and achieve an improvement in their general sense of wellbeing. Hypnotherapy is also available as a single treatment and can help with many issues, including smoking cessation, weight loss, fears and phobias, low self esteem, improving confidence and much more.

I am a member of the BACP, the National Hypnotherapy Society, the National Counselling Society and Anxiety UK.

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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 am a qualified hypnotherapist and therefore able to offer hypnotherapy as part of the counselling process if this is desired.  This often helps clients to cope better with their situations as well as helping to provide the motivation to make and maintain changes and achieve an improvement in their general sense of wellbeing.

Hypnotherapy is also available as a single treatment and can help with many issues, including smoking cessation, weight loss, fears and phobias, low self esteem, improving confidence and much more.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Charges: £50 per hourly session for individuals

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I can offer daytime and evening sessions. Flexibility is offered on session times to suit your changing needs.

Further information

I am an integrative counsellor, trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques which enables me to tailor the therapy to suit your unique needs and circumstances with sensitivity and flexibility. I offer open ended and short term counselling depending on your individual needs.

I adhere to the BACP, National Counselling Society and National Hypnotherapy Society code of ethics to ensure I work effectively and ethically. I attend regular training courses and workshops to build my knowledge and take part in regular supervision to reflect and enhance my practice.

I hold an enhanced DBS and my practice is fully insured.

I can offer flexible times for appointments.

My rooms are in a private location, close to Gt. Dunmow, Stansted, Bishops Stortford and Saffron Walden.

Henham
Bishops Stortford
Herts
CM22

Key details

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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.

Unspecified

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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Alison Brown, MBACP, MNCS (Accred), Adv. Dip PC, Cert Hyp CS

Alison Brown, MBACP, MNCS (Accred), Adv. Dip PC, Cert Hyp CS