Alison Souster BACP Registered Counsellor for Adults & Young People
My Skills and practice
I have a very wide portfolio of experience working with Adults, an young people I am able to quickly develop trusting relationships with my clients enabling a strong working and confidential experience. Being Psychodynamic trained enables deeper insight into personal trauma and therefore helping the individual to understand the cause of their pain. Looking at past experiences can help understanding our current behaviour that sometimes make us feel stuck in a cycle of repeated patterns. Together we can explore your difficulties, uncovering what is holding you back. From here personal needs, aims and ambitions are much easier to identify. Enabling the work we do together, help you feel more in control and confident about how you want to move forward in life.
How Counselling can work for you
Working at a deeper level can be difficult and painful at times, however the rewards and benefits of a happier more content life will soon outweigh what can feel like an arduous and long journey. The work we do together will be one of the most unique and rewarding experiences you may ever have and hopefully enable you to be the person you want to be.
Commitment to Professional practice
All work will be undertaken within a quiet and safe location. Your trust in total confidentially is paramount, and my relationship with you will respect this at all times. My practice is underpinned by the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy ensuring professional competence.
Please feel comfortable to give me a call for an informal chat, there are no obligations to proceed, this is about you and you have control of what you want to do. A brief chat may uncover more than you think. Alternatively you can email me, if this feels easier and more comfortable for you.
I look forward to talking with you soon.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accredited Diploma of HE in Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Leicester)
Certificate of HE in Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Leicester)
Certificate in Responding to substance misuse
Certificate in Counselling Awareness in Bereavement Care (Ascentis Accredited)
Certificate - CAN, Substance support and awareness in working with young people
Certificate in Counselling Supervision (Level 3 ) Ascentis Accredited
Women's Aid - Domestic violence
Mind - Mental health
Northants Police - Dedicated Substance and intervention program
Education - School, working with 11-18yr olds
Cruse - Bereavement support
Cruse - Assessing individuals for future support
Cruse - Supervisor for bearevement support workers.
Private practice - Individual one to one, couples, telephone and online support.
Experience of working within the Criminal Justice System.
Registered member of the BACP.
Supervisor at The Lowndown Youth Counselling, Sexual Health & LGBTQ services
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Criminal Justice, working with offenders of all ages
Individual Sessions £45.00/50 minutes. Couples £65.00/60 minutes.
Student concessions available.
The initial session may extend to 60 minutes, allowing time for you to get to know how I work and to discuss your individual needs and expectations. From here we can begin to explore your difficulties and together work toward a pathway that feels comfortable and safe for you.
Reduced fees are available for advanced payment of 10 sessions or more.
Flexible appointment times available
Initial Payment by cash. Bank transfer or cash payments accepted for all subsequent sessions.
Areas of Work
The list of areas I work in are not exhaustive. My portfolio extends beyond this and encompasses experiences within all areas of life. Please do not feel I cannot help you if you do not recognise your particular issue of distress within the listings. My way of working recognises that everyone is unique, my focus is to maintain autonomy and individuality, and therefore sessions are tailored for each persons need. It is important that you don't feel that you are having to fit into a certain box or category. I would like the opportunity to meet you for the first time and hear your story.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available for appointments during the daytime, evenings. Weekend appointments considered on an individual basis.Please telephone or email to discuss your individual needs.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer Supervision face to face, telephone or for distance clients Skype.This can be useful for students. .