About me

I have a lot of experience of working with young people, families and adults. I also have experience of working in mental health, including Eating Disorders. I offer trauma therapy and use AIT practice regularly in my practice. I am also trained in a number of techniques that help create emotional stability, both individually and within family systems.

AIT is a gentle and effective trauma treatment or energy treatment which promotes psychological, physical and spiritual healing by treating not just the symptoms, but the originating causes of present day difficulties that fracture wholeness and block connection to spirit, feelings and emotions. AIT blends analytic psychotherapy with the power of energy psychology. AIT specializes in treatment for difficult and complex clinical challenges, including:

  • PTSD,
  • Anxiety disorders,
  • Personality disorders,
  • Multi- causal illness such as autoimmune diseases.

I am trained to work systemically and I aim to work respectfully and effectively with people in ways that consider their important relationships, across generations, and the different systems and contexts in which they live. Systemic family therapy has been found to be effective for children's and adults' difficulties, both when individual's have acquired a mental health diagnosis or when there is more general or complex distress. It is effective across the lifecycle, spanning developmental stages from under five year olds to old age. Working relationally, using an individual's relationships as a resource, helps to reduce stress and difficulties for different family members.

Behaviour can be improved using a therapy called Non Violent Resistance, and it is an aspect of Family Therapy that is growing in popularity. It has been developed as a psychological intervention for aggression and self-destructive behaviour in young people. Interactions between adults and a child with serious conduct problems are usually characterised by both sides being locked in a struggle for control of the other. Psychological therapy will not help if the young person does not engage. In fact, therapy may even reinforce a young person’s negative view of themselves and others, and exclude carers, social workers and teachers from the process. Instead, NVR works with the adults who are caring for a young person so, even if a child does not engage, these adults are not rendered helpless.

NVR is designed to help parents and carers to:

● De-escalate, reduce anger and aggression in the interaction with the child.

● Stop giving in to demanding and controlling behaviour.

● Build a support network between home, school and community.

● Raise their personal presence, determination and persistence by carefully planning and carrying out forms of action with the help of other adults.

● Take action aimed at promoting negotiation, reconciliation and restoration of fractured relationships.

I am also trained in Dyadic Development Psychotherapy, which can help children who have been hurt and/or neglected within their families in their early years. Children may be traumatized by these experiences and find it difficult to feel safe and secure within their new families. This is sometimes called Developmental trauma.

It is not unusual that the experience of being parented in the present reminds children of the way they were parented in the past. This means that children struggle with normal, healthy parenting. They develop a range of ways to manage these high levels of fear and anxiety.

Parents can find it hard to manage the child’s behaviour. The parents may also find it hard to connect emotionally to their children.

These difficulties are best understood as:

Difficulties in attachment; the children find it hard to feel safe and secure with their parents.

Difficulties in intersubjectivity; the children find it hard to give and take in relationships.

I sometimes use Theraplay activities in sessions. This is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships:

  • Structure
  • Engagement
  • Nurture
  • Challenge

I am happy to explain things in more detail and to spend time discussing your needs from sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc Systemic and Family Psychotherapy
  • AIT therapist including multi causal illness, PTSD
  • Non Violent Resistance
  • Dyadic Development Psychotherapy Level 1 and 2
  • Theraplay Level 1
  • Relate Couple Therapist
  • Relate Young People's Therapist
  • CBT Diploma

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Trauma whether developmental, situational or multi causal illness
  • Family emotional stabilisation
  • Eating Disorders
  • Attachment

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Other therapies


Fees are £55.00 per hour or £75.00 for an hour and a half session.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Further information

If appropriate sessions can be over Skype or Zoom.

I use the Traditional Acupuncture Centre, Leamington Spa CV32 5RW

Leamington Spa

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages no


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

The current building I use does not have wheelchair access but I can consider utilising another room if appropriate for a client. I can also offer Zoom sessions.




Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Alison Oliver

Alison Oliver