Alison Rolfe PhD, MBACP (Senior Accred.)
I am a BACP senior accredited therapist with almost two decades experience in the field. I offer psychotherapy and counselling to individuals, generally on an open-ended basis, usually for medium to long-term work. I work with people in-depth, once, twice or three-times weekly, depending on what is needed. Each session is 50 minutes long.
People come to therapy for a wide range of reasons but often because they have been feeling particularly low, anxious, feel bad about themselves, or feel stuck. Often people feeling out of touch with what they want or need, and are unsure which way to turn in life, or indeed if there are any options. I see therapy as providing a thinking space, to consider and explore what is happening in your life and your relationships, with another person who, in a safe and confidential setting, can think with you.
My approach to therapy
My approach is broadly psychodynamic. This means that I would would want to think with you about the meaning, for you, of your thoughts, feelings and experiences. It involves beginning to think about things that may be out of our conscious awareness. This includes current and past experiences, since I believe that our early experiences can often affect our present lives, often in ways that we are unaware of, perhaps because we have always felt or done things in a particular way. This can, at times, be a painful process and so exploring this in a safe and consistent environment is central to therapy.
Listening to our internal worlds
One of the founders of psychotherapy, Carl Jung, thought of as a way of helping people on the journey to understanding ourselves through learning to listen to and understand what is happening within ourselves, and to learn to trust this as a source of wisdom and authenticity. I encourage people in therapy to bring dreams, images and words that are meaningful to them to sessions, in order to further the process of communicating more with these 'hidden' parts of ourselves. This can, over time, allow for a more creative and fulfilling way of living and being.
How to start therapy
If you arrange to see me with a view to engaging in therapy, I would arrange for us to meet initially, normally for a couple of sessions. This is to allow sufficient time to get to know you, and for you to get a good idea of my way of working. At the end of this process, we should be in a position to decide whether therapy, with me, is likely to be of help with you, or whether an alternative might be more helpful to you. This might be another form of therapy, for example, or referral on via the Health Service. If you started therapy with me, your session(s) would be the same day and time each week, to provide a containing and secure space for you to explore the issues that you were bringing.
What to do next
If you would like to consider starting therapy, or have any questions, please contact me via email or phone to discuss further.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP registered (Senior Accredited) member
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Birmingham, 2004)
- Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Aston University, 2009), conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society
- PhD Applied Social Studies (University of Warwick, 2002)
- Senior trainee in Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy with the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy
- Experience of working therapeutically in the NHS, occupational health and Higher Education settings, and for over a decade in private practice
- Very experienced counselling and psychology lecturer, team leader and trainer
- Counselling supervisor
- Also an experienced and published researcher in the fields of applied psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.
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.
Accredited register membership
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £60 per session.
If you are interested in arranging an initial consultation, please contact me by email or phone to discuss further.