Alison Lim Counsellor/Psychotherapist
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
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.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me to discuss availability.
I am currently providing online therapy sessions only due to the COVID-19 crisis on a variety of platforms and the telephone.