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Sessions are available in person and via video call.
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I have been a practicing counsellor/psychotherapist for more than twenty years; I qualified in EMDR in 2020. I am also qualified as a clinical supervisor.
Alongside my counselling and supervision practice, I offer psychospiritual accompaniment, life coaching, creative Mindfulness and mental health workshops/training.
I offer in person appointments in Preston, Weymouth in Dorset, along with working with clients nationwide including the Channel Islands , via video call.
Some examples of organisations, I have worked with are Diocese of Salisbury, Weldmar Hospice, States of Jersey Occupational Health, NHS, EAP's, Solicitors, local businesses and charities.
I am happy to take referrals directly from clients.
I work using an integrative approach using a variety of models/theory, including Mindfulness, person-centred, ACT, CBT, EMDR and creative techniques offered in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment.
I am fully insured & an accredited member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, which means I have achieved a nationally recognised, standard of qualifications and experience. You can verify this through the BACP Register my registration number is 146283 & BACP Membership 554716. Additionally I am an EMDR Europe accredited practitioner and a member of EMDR Association UK.
I hold a current Enhanced DBS check.
My passion is to share my knowledge and help people to recover from anxiety, bullying, depression, PTSD, stress, trauma, relationship issues and worry, along with many other physical and mental health problems and support them to bring positive change in their lives.
The benefits of therapy, can include better sleep, less worry, increased performance and improved relationships at work and at home.
I offer an initial free 20-minute telephone/video call to establish whether we feel we can work together.
Sessions can be arranged in person or via video call.
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Frequently asked questions
Where do sessions take place?
In person appointments, are available at my purpose-built premises in Preston, Weymouth, with toilet facilities and plenty of parking.
Video call appointments are available nationwide.
I also offer outdoor therapy, when the weather allows in a dedicated outdoor terrace area, which allows privacy and the benefits of taking in the beauty of the natural surroundings.
How many sessions?
This can vary, it is helpful to discuss in your first counselling session, my experience and research have found that generally, 6 sessions are the minimum needed for effective change to take place, but everybody is different, so less sessions can be possible. The average is 6-12 sessions, I always negotiate with clients about the number and duration of sessions and am able to work long term if needed
I don't know if I could talk to you?
You might find it helpful and more reassuring to call me and voice your concerns, I offer a free 20-minute initial telephone or video call. Following this the first session, should help you decide whether you are going to feel enabled to speak openly with me.
How do I know counselling works?
We will complete regular reviews of our work together; you will be the best judge of whether the process is achieving the results that you hope for.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am able to help with many different types of issues which may affect physical and mental health including addictions, anxiety, bereavement, bullying/harassment, co-dependency, confusion, CPTSD, chronic health/pain conditions, depression, domestic abuse, empty nest, family issues, generalized anxiety disorder, health anxiety, HIV/AIDS, lack of self-confidence and self-esteem, loneliness, loss, marriage and relationship issues, panic attacks, PTSD, OCD, stress management, sexual health, trauma and many more. This list is not exhaustive, if you are suffering from or need help with an emotional or psychological issue not detailed, please contact me to discuss. With the right professional support, you can begin to achieve your full potential.
I was nominated for a Jersey Community champion award in 2015 for my work supporting adults that had experienced Workplace and/or Community Bullying.
I work with other counsellors and those in the helping professions offering one to one clinical supervision which has included working with Joseph Weld Hospice Dorchester, Residential/Care Homes, hospital staff, Ministers of all faiths, social workers worldwide.
- MBACP 554716 Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- Certificate in EMDR levels 1 -4
- Advanced Diploma Clinical Supervisor NCS
- Advanced Diploma Gestalt Therapy
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Certificate in Counselling Theory & Skills
- Certificate in working with Addictions
- Certificate in mentoring
- Certificate in train the trainer
- Masterclass using EMDR with Persistent pain symptoms and FND
- Dream completion technique for stopping nightmares and sleep disturbance
- The psychotherapy of Habitual worry, repetitive fantasizing & obsession
- Working with complex trauma
- Working with clients affected by eating disorders
- Safeguarding children, young people and adults
- Working with bereaved young people
- Working with addictions
- Recovery from anxiety & depression
- Couples therapy a practical masterclass
- The practical application of the blink technique with EMDR
- Mindfulness based stress management.
- Working with self-harm and suicidal thoughts
- Working with boarding school survivor syndrome
- Supporting adults and organisations in Christian, faith and pastoral ministry
- Toxic sibling dynamics
- Supporting those affected by menopause
- Living with OCD
- Dementia awareness
- Mother - daughter attachment
- Working with those using pornography and sex addiction
- Grief and loss following the COVID pandemic
- EMDR & Suicidality
I am the founder of Dorset Anti-bullying service a not-for-profit project which provides information, support and training for people and organisations affected by bullying.
I also run workshops & facilitate small group work.
These include- Anger Management, Stress & Anxiety Management, Well-being & Creative Therapy.
For any further information please feel free to contact me.
Tranquillity - Therapy Retreats
We are based in Weymouth , Dorset and are able to arrange bespoke therapy retreat sessions whereby clients can stay in accommodation in the area. If required we are able to plan an itinerary of leisure activities such as art, craft, gardening and photography classes, beauty and spa services, jewellery making, golf, horse riding, theatre and walking or simply allowing space to relax and be still.
There is also an option to book time alongside this for individual counselling, mentoring or meditation appointments.
The tranquility of the stunning Jurassic coast and surrounding areas is well known for its ability to refresh and inspire.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07714762012 for further details and pricing.
Testimonials - These are anonymised to protect client confidentiality
Counselling helped me go through a difficult time in my life. At the time, I was experiencing difficulties with relationships at work. Alison listened to me without judging and taught me tools to deal with the issues myself. As part of the counselling process, I learnt to deal with my insecurities and self-doubt, and I learnt to be more assertive. Thanks to counselling I have dealt with the issues at work, and I have even improved my relationships in all areas of my life. I would highly recommend Alison Fox, has helped me become a better person.
I have found investing in myself and a therapeutic relationship with Alison to be nourishing and enriching. Counselling has helped me in ways I couldn’t imagine. I think everyone should have the opportunity to have counselling. I felt very isolated, anxious and depressed following bereavement. Counselling was a very valuable experience which supported me to get through my situation. I engaged in counselling with Alison when I was very low and most needed it- I am now living a full, active and happy life- Thank you
Alison has been a significant figure in my life, and she came along at exactly the right time. I was willing to be honest and look at myself and she has been a non-judgmental and balanced person to do that with. Whilst she has never told me what to do, I welcomed and appreciated some honest feedback from her that has helped me to find my own answers. She has been consistent and supportive through a real period of transition in my life. I have discovered what living is all about. I came to counselling because I was experiencing difficulties in my personal relationships. I was ready to really look at the underlying issues. I’m now in a healthy, wonderful relationship; I’m successful at work and feel truly happy with my relationship with myself too!
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.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic pain management, memory loss, terminal illness and pre-bereavement/loss, social isolation, imposter syndrome
£60.00 - £90.00
Concessions offered for
Counselling/Psychotherapy, EMDR fees and concessions
£60-£80 per hour, for individuals. £70 -£100 per hour for couples.
My fee reflects my level of experience and training.
I operate a sliding scale and offer discounted rates for students, unemployed, those on a low income and/or trainee counsellors working towards accreditation with a recognized counselling governing body.
Please feel free to ask if I have reduced fee spaces available
I offer an initial 20-minute telephone/video call assessment session free of charge, to help you decide if counselling and working with me, is right for you.
Please note that my fees for online clients maybe higher to allow for the practical challenges of less reliable internet connections and the extra time I therefore make available for this.
After this session, there is no obligation for you to take up counselling with me.
Supervision Fees are £60 per hour , I have a limited number of reduced fee places for those in training.
Please feel free to ask if I have reduced fee spaces available.
Payments can be made by bank transfer.
When I work
I work Monday to Wednesday between 10am and 5pm and Thursday 10.30am until 2pm
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy that takes place in a safe, confidential setting between a professionally qualified counsellor and a client. Clients meet with the same counsellor and sessions usually take place on the same day and at the same time each week.
Counselling is sharing your difficulties and feelings, in order to help you to find understanding of what has been happening and to enable change to take place.
Counselling is not advisory – you are a unique individual and therefore the only person in your life who can know what choices and decisions might be right for you – is you!
Clients often talk about how sessions help them to explore thoughts and feelings in a way that they are unable to with somebody close to them. Increasingly in our fast paced and technological world, clients say they feel that there is nobody available to talk to face to face and this can lead to a sense of isolation.
This is used for both minor and major trauma and is the treatment option of choice for PTSD. It is recognised by NICE.