Alison Brown, MBACP, MNCS (Accred), Adv. Dip PC, Cert Hyp CS
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)
- 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.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
Charges: £40 per hourly session for individuals
£60 for couples
Concessions and discounts are applied in certain circumstances.
I am happy to provide therapy for counselling students at a reduced rate. Please ask for further details.
I am an integrative counsellor, trained in a variety of therapeutic tehniques 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 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.