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About me

I am a fully qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist (psychodynamic, person centred, CBT, creative) and registered member with the BACP.  I offer both short solution-based therapy and longer term in-depth relational work.

Coming to therapy can be daunting.  Asking for help when you are struggling is the first step towards coping and working through difficulties with someone trained to help you reflect, who you trust, is the foundation to finding your way. I offer a safe space to think together about whatever you face and help you find ways to cope with anxiety, depression, low-self esteem, anger and feeling sad.

My approach is Integrative which means I find the approach most suited to you  drawing on a variety of models from my in-depth training. The first session is about finding out what you hope for out of counselling, understanding how I work and if I am the right counsellor for you. If we decide we can work together we will set up a second session and arrange to see each other weekly or fortnightly.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working with anxiety, depression, domestic abuse, trauma, relationship issues, addiction, loss and bereavement, suicidal thoughts and early psychosis.

In addition to my private practice I have experience providing counselling in the charity sector and the NHS and am currently working for a COVID-19 bereavement service. My expertise is working with bereavement and attachment. I am also a trained teacher.

MAIAP, Dip Therapeutic Arts, Cert Couple Counselling, BSc Psych, PGCE

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

£60 per 50 min session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

I am currently providing online therapy sessions only due to the COVID-19 crisis on a variety of platforms and the telephone.

Garston
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD25

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Please contact me to discuss availability.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Alison Lim Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Alison Lim Counsellor/Psychotherapist