Alison Staff MBACP (Accred.) Msc. Counsellor/Psychotherapist
I am an accredited psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist and a registered member of the government voluntary register qualified to Masters level. I am also a level 3 qualified EMDR therapist registered with EMDR (UK) currently working towards accreditation.
I work in a sensitive manner that is tailored to meet individual need using a range of therapeutic approaches offering both short and long term work. My aim is to provide a welcoming professional service to the practice which is based in Tiptree and offers a private comfortable space for individuals, couples, families and trainees to safely explore a broad range of difficulties. I have a wide range of experience working with adults, adolescents, children and couples on a wide range of difficulties that include:
* Relationship difficulties
* Trauma - PTSD
* Loss and separation
* Mental Health disorders
* Employment issues
Parents and Carers:
For parents/carers with children I also offer Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) which is attachment based relationship therapy developed by Dr Dan Hughes that is particularly effective when working with parents/carers who are experiencing relationship difficulties within their families. Work with children and adolescents is tailored to their need and shaped by current developmental stage, this can include play and art based approaches.
Trainees Counselling and Supervision:
Alongside the above services I provide counselling and supervision for both trainee and qualified counsellors and education staff in accordance with the BACP guidelines.
Appointments are available during the day and in the evening. Weekends are by prior agreement.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and skilled practitioner with a broad spectrum of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in the field of mental health and social care.
- Accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist (2014) - BACP.
- Master of Science Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2011) - Anglia Ruskin and Cambridge University.
- Certificate in Clinical Assessment (2007) - Writtle Pastoral Foundation and London University.
- Certificate in Clinical Supervision (2007) - Writtle Pastoral Foundation and London University.
- BACP Psychodynamic Counsellor (2006) – CCF, Writtle Pastoral Foundation and London University.
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing - Part 1 EMDR Association UK and Ireland Accredited Training (2018)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing - Part 2 EMDR Association UK and Ireland Accredited Training (2019)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing - Part 3 EMDR Association UK and Ireland Accredited Training (2019)
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy DDP Level 2 (2014) – Dan Hughes Family Futures DDPI
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy DDP Level 1 (2012) – Dan Hughes Family Futures DDPI
- Makaton Level 4
- Safeguarding Level 3
I am an accredited registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP Accred.) membership number 586918 and a member of the Department of Health voluntary register number 586918. I am also a member of EMDR Association (UK ). In the interest of safeguarding I appropriately hold an Enhanced DBS certificate and Professional Indemnity insurance.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am a registered provider for Bupa, Axa, Aviva and numerous Employee Assist programmes.
Individual work - sessions are for 50 minutes charged at £45 per session
EMDR - initial session 90 minutes and thereafter 60 minutes charged at £55
Couples/Family work - sessions are for 60 minutes charged at £60 per session
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) - sessions are for 50 minutes charged at £50 per session
Clinical supervision - 90 minutes charged at £60
Counselling/psychotherapy for trainees - 50 minutes charged at £40