Alison Lane - Clinical Psychologist , CPsychol, AFBPsS, MSc, BA (Hons)
I help people with:
Mood difficulties (e.g. low mood, depression)
Anxiety disorders (e.g. generalised anxiety disorder), stress, worry
Sexual health and functioning (e.g. difficulties with arousal, sexual satisfaction, sexual pain, sexual assault)
Concerns about compulsive sexual behaviours
Health anxiety and issues
Social anxiety, confidence building, low self-esteem
OCD, intrusive thinking
Relationship difficulties and issues
Using an evidence-based approach, I draw on a range of therapeutic models, which include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and an integrative approach for treating compulsive sexual behaviour.
I use a person-centred style, tailoring my approach to the needs of the individual. I will work collaboratively with you to help explore how and why you struggle and enable you to understand and manage these challenges more effectively. As you learn to step back from difficulties and the distress caused you will be better able to discover new choices that can help change your life. These new perspectives will enable you to break free of repeating and unrewarding automatic behaviours and responses.
CBT is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence for difficulties such as anxiety, phobias, panic, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. CBT helps us see the links between our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and behaviours. These factors can combine to form vicious cycles leading to unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. CBT offers strategies in order to help challenge and modify these.
MINDFULNESS is a skill which helps us notice how our minds naturally do things that create problems - such as over-thinking. Practising and applying mindfulness can help develop awareness of unhelpful or ‘stuck’ automatic behaviours and thoughts, leading to options for change. Mindfulness can be beneficial when applied to a wide range of emotional and physical health difficulties, improving well-being.
ACT is a mindfulness-based behavioural therapy. Research shows it helps people to manage psychological difficulties more effectively and can improve mood and resilience in order to enjoy a more meaningful and fuller life. ACT helps you move towards living the life you want guided by your values without requiring you to change your thoughts. Instead it helps you develop strategies to respond differently to unhelpful and distressing thoughts and beliefs. Using mindfulness based approaches, helps to ‘unhook’ from these challenging thoughts that can otherwise pull and push you around.
CFT was developed to help transform problematic patterns of thought and emotion related to anxiety, anger, shame and self-criticism.
Training, qualifications & experience
Since qualifying in Clinical Psychology in 1992 I have worked across a range of different specialities and services. I have specialist training and experience working in pain management, sexual health and long term health conditions. Whilst I have wide-ranging expertise helping individuals manage the psychological and emotional challenges that accompany chronic and physical health conditions, I am also able to help those with purely psychological difficulties. I will help you explore, understand and improve your psychological well-being.I am registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC - my registration PYL16067).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
If you are paying for appointments yourself, the standard fee is £100 for either an initial consultation or follow up appointment (these are 55 minutes face to face contact and 5 minutes for admininstration). Slightly different fees may apply if you are using a health insurance policy to pay for sessions, since different funding agreements are in place with different insurance providers.
I am registered with major health insurance providers - Aviva, AXA-PPP, BUPA, Cigna, Healix health services, Vitality Health and WPA. If a health insurance provider is funding sessions, please ensure this is arranged and you have an authorisation code before we meet.
Payment of fees
Fees can be settled on the day or by electronic transfer prior to each appointment. I will email you details of this along with details of our meeting.
The full session rate will be charged for all sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours notice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer daytime, evenings and Saturday morning appointments. Call for an initial discussion and check my availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Registered on the British Psychological Society register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).View supervision profile