Alison Reed Richards MA, Dip. Counselling, Reg.MBACP
Life can feel very difficult, painful and confusing at times; my belief is we each have within ourselves the capacity to make sense of our experiences and emotional responses and so bring about positive change - what we need is the kind of environment which enables us to do that. I offer a warm, accepting, supportive relationship within which to rediscover, nurture and encourage that seed within. In providing a safe, supported space - set apart from the routine of life - I offer the opportunity to explore and reflect upon whatever (past, present or future) is causing you anxiety or concern working together to bring about the change you desire.
Based in Curry Rivel, Mid-Somerset, equidistant between Glastonbury, Yeovil and Taunton and within easy reach of the M5, my therapy room is on the ground floor therefore easily accessible for most. I have experience working with both adult individuals and couples in areas which include, amongst others, low self esteem, anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss (including the hidden loss of early miscarriage, abortion, the end of an affair), overwhelming confusion, emotional & sexual abuse and its impact on our present day living, relationship issues. I work integratively meaning I use my knowledge and understanding of various therapeutic models to work in a way which best suits you.
Essentially a Talking therapy not everyone finds talking easy; it can be hard to find the words to express how we feel. In such instances we can explore alternative ways of finding expression - drawing, imagery, dreams, paying attention to our physical tensions and habitual gestures, visualisation, fairy tales, toys, natural objects. My aim is to treat you with respect and consideration holding all things gently and confidentially with the firm belief you will begin again to experience life in all its fullness.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) my work is carried out within their ethical guidelines; I undertake regular professional supervision and am committed to continuing professional and personal development.
If you would like to know more have a look on my website otherwise please contact me to arrange an initial appointment to explore how we might work together. Appointments: daytime with some evening availability. Some concessionary rates available.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA (Oxon)
- BA (Oxon)
- Higher Diploma In Counselling Practice
- NFCE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
- Clinical Supervision Training
- Supporting People in Loss, Grief & Bereavement
- Counselling With Spirituality
- Couples Counselling Skills
- other training includes: Domestic Abuse, Working with the Inner Child, Body-centred Mindfulness, Healing the Trauma of Sexual Abuse, Loss & Significant Change, Love & Fear in Supervision, Working with Spirituality in the Consulting Room, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.
- Facilitator. Retreats: most recent Ebb & Flow: the Rhythm of Life at Launde Abbey, Leicestershire. Quiet Days: most recent Letting Be & Letting Go at Middle Lambrook, Somerset.
My previous work as a volunteer counsellor with the Bereavement Support Team at St. Margaret's Hospice and continuing work as an Associate Counsellor with a Taunton Agency providing low-cost person-centred counselling has brought me into contact with people from all walks of life. This broad experience both informs my private practice and has gained me enough experience to now begin the process of Accreditation with BACP.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- 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
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
Initial Session to meet, outline your difficulty, explore and agree how we might best work together(approximately 45 mins) : £20
thereafter sessions are a full hour (60 mins) : Individuals £35
Concessions are available for students and the low waged.
I also offer Supportive Consultation (mentoring or supervision are alternative descriptions) and Spiritual Companionship on a face-to-face, one-to-one basis; if you would like more information on these services visit my website.
My abiding interest in personal growth and developing (rather than neglecting) our spiritual aspect has led me to develop Days of Refreshment (working title) for reconnection, resourcing and re-membering ourselves. Again visit the website for more information.
I am a member of Taunton Association of Psychotherapists (TAP).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|