Alison Caldow, BSc, MSc, PG Dip, MBACP
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By the time you have decided to look for a counsellor, you will have a strong sense of what the issues that are troubling you are, but not necessarily how to go about making changes, or even what changes are needed. I have experience of working with people who are distressed or feel the need for a new way of looking at their lives. I can offer you the space to explore what is really going on for you without pressure to explain or do anything that you do not feel comfortable with. Together we can create an understanding of what has motivated you in the past and what can motivate you in future.
I have many years’ experience as a counsellor and am also a qualified supervisor.
I understand how difficult it is to take the first step into counselling. I am available by phone or email to discuss your needs and how we can work together.
I can help you to explore your values and direction in life and help you if you feel stuck. My work is supportive and collaborative. I help you to use your strengths to move forward.
I can offer reduced fees for students or those who are not in employment. Working with someone you feel comfortable and safe with is important. I can offer 30 minutes free to discuss this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 12 years of experience working in the charity sector and in private practice. I am trained as an integrative counsellor as well as having studied CBT, mental health and family work. I have a BSc in psychology and an MSC in Addiction Psychology and Counselling.
As an integrative counsellor I use theoretical approaches including psychodynamic, person-centred and CBT based. I have experience with a wide range of issues and have worked with individuals groups and families.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £40 per hour for counselling and £50 per hour for supervision. I believe that counselling should be available to all who want it. Therefore I offer lower cost counselling for students and those who are not employed.
I offer a free 30 minute session to discuss your needs and whether I am the right person to support you. We will meet weekly for one hour thereafter.
Concessions offered for
I am a registered member of BACP and am bound by their code of ethics. I am fully supervised.