Alison Souster BACP Registered, online & telephone therapy .Adults/Young People
My Skills and practice
During the Coranavirus Crisis
I am currently working Online (Skype,Zoom,WhatsApp, facetime or telephone, to help keep everyone safe and support those with anxiety throughout this uncertain period. I understand how frightening the unknown can make you feel, believing we no longer have control. Working together we can help to create a new normal and balance. How to feel calmer and in control when everything is changing around us.
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 of 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
Enhanced DBS Checked
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Criminal Justice, working with offenders of all ages
Individual Sessions £45.00/60 minutes. Couples £65.00/60 minutes
The initial session may extend beyond 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
Skype appointments available
Payments are by bank transfer
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.