Alison Dean PGDip., MA, BACP(Accred.)
Are you experiencing difficulties in your life such as distressing or unexplained emotions, problems in personal relationships or at work, feelings or behaviour that you don't really understand and may wish to change? You may have been through painful circumstances or traumatic events, recently or in the past, and be finding it hard to understand what is going on in your life. You may just have a feeling that something is 'not right' but feel unclear as to why. You don't always need to wait to have a clearly defined reason before seeking counselling.
As a counsellor I can offer to you a dedicated time and space within which you can talk about your difficulties and explore the meaning of your distress in an atmosphere of acceptance and without judgement. Through engaging in this therapeutic relationship the feelings that may once have been very confusing and even unbearable can begin to make some sense and become less difficult to manage. I don't offer direct instruction or advice, but instead can help you to understand yourself a little better and as a result of this to develop your capacity to make choices and bring about changes.
I offer counselling to individual adults and young people (16+) on a long or short term basis. Sessions are usually on a weekly basis, though occasionally more frequent sessions may be agreed. I work face to face with clients at my consulting room, but subject to an initial telephone assessment I can also offer remote sessions (telephone or video call).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and accredited counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, to whose ethical framework I adhere. I hold a Post-graduate Diploma and MA in Counselling. My approach to counselling is primarily psychodynamic. Issues that frequently work with in counselling include anxiety, depression, stress (including work-related problems), bereavement, physical illness, relationship difficulties, addiction and dependency, and physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
In the past I worked for a number of years on a residential project for individuals seeking to address addictive behaviours, including drugs and alcohol, and I have continued to have an interest in the area of addiction and dependency in its broadest sense.
I have also worked with those who wish to explore their difficulties in relation to their faith and spirituality.
In addition to my private practice my counselling experience includes working in a university counselling service, a family counselling service, drug and alcohol services and other community based counselling agencies. I also take referrals from Employer Assistance Programmes and some health insurance companies.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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 fee is £48 per session for self-paying individuals.
Some fee reductions are possible (low income, students and key workers depending on individual circumstances) and can be discussed at the first appointment, which is normally an assessment session of up to an hour. Subsequent sessions last 50 minutes.
Concessions offered for
My consulting room is in Thatcham, West Berkshire. It is close to public transport routes and has on-road parking outside.
If you would like to find out more about counselling and whether it is the right way forward for you at this point in your life the first thing to do is to arrange an assessment session, usually face to face, but remotely if necessary.
For some people a short period of counselling is beneficial (eg 6-12 weeks) and for others it is more appropriate to have a longer or open-ended period of time. This is discussed and agreed at the outset of counselling.
Sessions are usually at the same time each week, on a once-weekly basis. Occasionally more frequent sessions may be agreed.