Alison Chadwick Registered MBACP, BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling
Hello there, and a warm welcome to you and whatever is bringing you to this page. I understand how taking the brave first steps into counselling can feel really hard.
I offer free 25-minute session, without any obligation for you to continue or enter into therapy. This creates an opportunity for you to contemplate whether working together might feel comfortable and if you would like to consider beginning to tell me your story.
How I can help you
My counselling approach places the therapeutic relationship at the heart of our work together. The fundamental aim of my practice is to offer you reliable kindness, with honesty and unwavering acceptance. I believe that only if you feel safe within a supportive therapeutic experience can you begin to trust and share what is concerning you.
Perhaps we can all sometimes get a little caught not knowing who we really are, we may still be influenced by the relationships we experienced. This can affect how we attach and interact with others and what we truly feel.
If you are feeling a little 'stuck' we can look what you might like to try to 'let go of' to feel more authentic and live with greater ease. Along your journey I will be alongside you and aim to match your rhythm at a respectful pace - which I hope feels right for you, with genuine compassion and the steadfast courage to hold the depths of all your thoughts, needs and painful feelings.
My aim is to create a space where you may grow stronger from what challenges you and heal through real, empathic connection, to find refreshed, hopeful solutions for the difficult issues you may be experiencing, and gain new understanding of yourself and increased confidence in your relationship with others.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Counselling (Integrative) 1st class
- HE (Cert) Counselling & Interpersonal Skills
- Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate (CT)
- Awareness in Bereavement Care Certificate (CRUSE)
- Counselling Certificate (OCNW)
- Residential Social Care Certificate (CCETSW)
- Leadership & Management Certificate (ILM)
- Awareness of Trauma & Dissociation
- Relational Depth in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Engaging Trauma through Body Psychotherapy
- Systemic Constellation Approach
- Erotic Transference & Counter Transference
- Safeguarding L2
- GDPR 2018
- Introduction to Psychosynthesis
I have a wealth of counselling experience from four different therapeutic agencies, offering one-to-one counselling provision for loss, bereavement, sexual abuse & trauma and broad-based therapy.
Before training to become an Integrative Counsellor I worked a variety of settings:
- Behavioural, transitional, inclusion and learning support - High school
- Customer service co-ordination - Higher education & local radio
- Admissions & patient services lead - Private healthcare
- Residential keyworker - MENCAP
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
Online, telephone & face-to-face (post Covid-19) one-to-one appointments.
- 25 minute no-fee, no-obligation taster session
- £40 per 50 minute session *of which £1 per session is donated to Moorfields Eye Charity.
- Concessions are available based on individual circumstances.
Please see: www.integrocounselling.co.uk for further information on terms & conditions
Concessions offered for
I offer flexible availability covering weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.
Online & Telephone Therapy
I have adapted my therapeutic practice during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide a safe, meaningful alternative to face-to-face work. As a qualified online and telephone counselling practitioner, I can offer confidential support - giving you the option to access therapy from a comfortable space of your choosing, at a flexible time, to give support that 'fits' with your life and is yours to use as you need.
Your first session
At your first session we will talk through your intake questionnaire, your contract and online counselling agreement. I will give you an outline of how I work and offer space for you to ask about any aspects of my practice. I would be curious to understand why you are considering therapy and what you would like to gain from counselling.
I work within the parameters of the BACP’s ‘Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions’ and the BACP’s ‘Guidelines for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy.’ I will explain how the content of our sessions are held confidentially between us. I will define what the exceptions to confidentiality are - and where I may be legally, ethically or morally bound to act in order to keep you or others safe from serious harm. I also have a responsibility to attend professional supervision to discuss my practice, where I may confidentially share some elements of our work together.
At Integro Counselling, where I practice in partnership with Helen Cain, we are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Information you provide will only be used in accordance with the privacy statement available on our website: www.integrocounselling.co.uk. We hold a licence with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) our licence number is: ZA815346.
* As emails can occasionally find their way into spam/junk folders, you may wish to include your contact telephone number - and if you give permission to leave a message in any correspondence.
My origins are in Yorkshire and I have spent many years in Norfolk and Suffolk. My favourite pastime is being outdoors, my walking boots are never far from me, a beautiful landscape feels like free art to me. I am married and spending time with my blended family is important. I have spent time trying to work out what interpersonal relationships are all about and what causes human distress, I was a client long before I was a therapist - which led my pathway into training.