Alison Reed Richards Counsellor & Supervisor MBACP (Accred.) MA, Dip.Counselling
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 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 an accredited 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
- Certificate in Supervision (NCS Advanced Specialist Course)
- OU/BACP Level 2 Counselling On-line
- Supporting People in Loss, Grief & Bereavement
- Counselling With Spirituality
- Couples Counselling Skills
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- 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, Working with Distress: suicide & self harm, Working with Shame.
- 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 as an Associate Counsellor with a Taunton Agency providing affordable person-centred counselling, has brought me into contact with people from all walks of life; this broad experience informing my private practice. My supervisory work includes working with experienced & trainee counsellors, and individuals from other helping professions (for example, palliative care nurses, teachers, clergy & support workers).
Registered / Accredited
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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.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Session to meet, outline your difficulty, explore and agree how we might best work together (approximately 45 mins) : individuals £20; couples £30
thereafter sessions are a full hour (60 mins) : Individuals £40
Concessions are available for students and the low waged.
Supervision (90 minute session): £60
Concessions offered for
Week days 9 am - 5 pm
some evening availability 5 pm - 8:30 pm
I also offer Supportive Consultation (mentoring or supervision are alternative descriptions) and Spiritual Accompaniment 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) and the Association for Pastoral Supervision & Education (APSE).