Alison Cassy BSc (Hons) Psych, Dip. Psychotherapeutic Counselling, MBACP, MBPsS
Life isn't always straightforward and can throw some challenging issues at us. For the most part we may manage our problems well and find ways to deal with them. Sometimes, however, things can become too much and we may feel overwhelmed and unable to cope alone. A “neutral” person to talk things over with, someone who won’t criticise or give advice but who is prepared to really listen and help find different ways of looking at the problem can be very helpful. This is where effective counselling, tailored to the individual’s needs, has its place. I offer a safe and confidential space where clients may bring their anxieties and issues to explore safely and without fear of judgment.
- My work is underpinned by the psychodynamic approach and as such I work on the premise that we think, feel and behave as a result of our formative experiences. My aim is to work with you to look at these early experiences and help bring unconscious patterns of behaviour and relating to a conscious level. This new awareness can bring about changes in how you understand and feel about yourself and how you relate to others, enabling you to tackle negative patterns and take better control, make better choices and ultimately some real improvements in your life.
I offer short term and open-ended therapy and will draw on a range of other approaches including CBT and compassion-focussed therapy where appropriate to the client's goals. I understand that entering into counselling takes courage and I have a deep respect for the level of trust my clients place in me when sharing intensely personal issues. In return I offer empathy and complete confidentiality to all my clients.
I am very happy to work with anyone who would like to rebalance their inner world and bring about positive changes. My hope is that if this is the right time for you to take the first step that you will find talking therapy can be a great emotional release and provide you with a pathway to a happier, more fulfilling life.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic)
Professional Certificate in Therapeutic Practice with Sex Offenders (Approved COSRT training)
OCST Online Counselling Diploma for email/skype/IM (Approved ACTO training)
Certificate in Counselling Young People -
Qualified to work with young people aged 14-18 (current Enhanced DBS certificate held). Experienced with autism and other issues including self-harm arising from exam pressures, self-image problems, eating disorders, bullying.
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
I undertake regular approved CPD training each year and hold:
Additional Certificates include:
- Assessment of clients for counselling
- Pre-Trial Therapy: working therapeutically with clients involved in the criminal justice system
- Working safely with trauma (Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service)
- Working with systematic and ritual sexual abuse (Circles South East)
- Strengths-based approaches including the Better Lives Model (Circles South East)
and Motivational Interviewing techniques (Solent NHS Trust).
- Working with relational trauma (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors).
What I can offer you:
I have experience across the voluntary sector and as an NHS Psychological Therapist as well as private practice.
I offer an individual general counselling service for a wide range of issues including depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, life stage difficulties, trauma, sexual abuse, self-harm, eating disorders and addictions amongst others and am experienced with a wide range of clients aged between 14-90 years old.
I am employed by a UK-based charity as a counsellpr and assessor of clients for counselling for male and female survivors of rape and sexual abuse. I have regular specific training in trauma therapy, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and working with dissociation, in order to work effectively and safely with the trauma arising from sexual abuse within and outside the family and domestic violence. I hold an OCST Diploma in online therapy which allows me to operate the email counselling service for this charity and offer email and skype therapy in private practice.
Alongside this, I provide counselling for sex offenders. I have undertaken COSRT-approved specialist training to work therapeutically with offending and non-offending paedophiles and other perpetrator issues including internet offending, paraphilias and sexual addiction. I am a registered therapist with StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sex Offending) and take referrals to work with anyone affected by sex offending whether they are perpetrator, victim, non-offending partners or people worried by inappropriate thoughts and feelings. This is because I believe that those who need help in managing behaviours in order to stay safe should be able to access support. Appropriate therapy for clients who feel they may be at risk of acting out helps them to try and understand their offending behaviour and learn ways of meeting their life needs pro-socially which, vitally, reduces the risk of reoffending.
I have also provided voluntary counselling for Circles South East clients (a national charity dedicated to rehabilitating convicted sex offenders) for a number of years.
As a registered member of the BACP I am governed by the Ethical Code of Conduct and as such I undergo regular professional supervision and specialist supervision for forensic therapy and hold full professional indemnity insurance.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling for convicted sex offenders, sex addiction including online child pornography and people who are concerned they may be at risk of offending.
Counselling for non-offending partners and family.
I offer 55 minute sessions payable at £50 for individual counselling.
Fee reductions apply for students/seniors and for people with low income so that therapy is accessible. This can be discussed at the first assessment appointment.
I work from quiet offices in Chichester, within walking distance of bus/train routes and very close to public car parking. I can offer daytime and evening appointments in Chichester and some daytimes only in Portsmouth.
Please leave an answerphone message if I am unable to take your call, or email me. I aim to return messages within a day.