About me

At some point in our lives we all need a helping hand. I offer a safe and confidential environment to support you and identify areas in your life that may be causing you difficulties.A key part of my work is the nature and quality of the relationship. I understand that everyone is unique, and so I work in different ways to encourage you to develop greater insight, awareness, and understanding of why problems have arisen and how change can happen. Our relationship is built on trust.

I am a fully accredited Psycho-dynamically trained therapist with a MA in Contemporary Therapeutic Studies. This enables me to incorporate elements of person-centered, and cognitive behavioural therapies, to work with both conscious and unconscious processes.

Struggling with emotional issues, can impact on the way we move forward, which can cause us to feel frustrated, frightened and apprehensive. Working together we can explore both past and present experiences that may be impacting on your life now. With understanding and empathy we can discover and develop more beneficial coping strategies which may also help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and help you feel calmer about managing your situation.

All of our work together will be confidential. Please feel free to contact me on the number stated to have an informal chat, and make the first step into feeling better.

Alison

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters degree in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire and am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

I have extensive experience of working with vulnerable adults and young people. Alongside my established private practice, I work for MIND, a mental health charity offering a wide variety of counselling services. I also run groups for clients that may be experiencing depression or anxiety or those who have experienced a bereavement. Furthermore, I have experience of working with young people both in a school environment and a clinical setting.

I have trained at the Anna Freud Centre in Brief Intervention Counselling which focuses on key relationships.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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 offer confidential support to those affected by their work environment

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information


First meetings and all follow up sessions are charged at £60 (student rate £50)

Availability

Daytime, early morning and evening appointments available

Further information

I have a particular interest in working with clients that experience suicidal thoughts, self harming behaviours, addiction issues and anxiety.

65, High Street
Harpenden
Hertfordshire
AL5 2SP

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Alison Caisley

Alison Caisley