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About me

Hello and welcome. My name is Alison and I am a Registered Counsellor, working from my practice located in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

I understand that counselling may feel like a daunting first step towards achieving the change you want in your life, especially when it can be difficult to put into words what you want that change to be. There are times in our lives when we need support from somebody else. This may be due to feelings of panic, anxiety, stress, low mood or experiences of recent or past trauma. Experiencing a life change, such as a loss, a bereavement, personal or family ill health, becoming a parent or work-related stress can also impact on how we cope with day to day life. I provide a friendly, non-judgemental and confidential space, where we can work together to explore the thoughts and feelings that are causing you difficulty at this time. I offer both short- and longer-term counselling, guided by your requirements and offer regular reviews of counselling sessions, to ensure they are meeting your individual needs.

About me

I am a Registered Counsellor with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means I am able to use different models of therapy within my therapeutic approach, including: trauma sensitive, attachment based approaches, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness based approaches and compassion focused therapy.

I have specialised experience in bereavement, loss, trauma and pregnancy and birth-related difficulties. As nurse, a midwife and previous Specialist Counsellor in the NHS, I also have over 23 years’ experience of working with parents and with issues that can accompany a diagnosis of physical and inherited ill-health.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • BACP Registered Counsellor (MBACP)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 6 modules
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, level 5
  • MSc Midwifery
  • BSc Midwifery (Hons)
  • Dip(HE) Nursing
  • Train to Teach (1) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction


Ongoing professional development

MSc Integrative Psychotherapy level 7, completion anticipated Summer 2021

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).

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Fees

Additional information

All sessions are 50 minutes

Initial meeting to explore counselling requirements: £40

Counselling session (50 minutes). £50

Further information

Contacting me

If you would like to explore whether this is the counselling for you, please ring me on 0794 952 6869 to book an initial appointment.

Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B60

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Alison Clayton MBACP

Alison Clayton MBACP