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About me

If you are considering counselling or psychotherapy, then you have possibly thought that something in your life is not quite right and perhaps there is a need for change. Whether you would like to take care of your general mental health and emotional well-being, or work through more difficult life experiences or relationships, I am an experienced, BACP accredited psychotherapist, who embodies the core qualities of empathy, compassion and acceptance. I offer a non-judgemental space for individual therapy for face-to-face, online and telephone counselling. 

I have over 12 years experience as an integrative psychotherapist. My practice incorporates a range of theoretical frameworks, to work with your individual needs, including Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Attachment Theory. I am also qualified to work within the CBT approach (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). In addition, I am qualified in Mindfulness Meditation and practices for well-being, which I share through experiential exercises in sessions, to help alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.

I have worked with adults within the NHS ‘Adult psychology and counselling service’ as well as in private practice, and I have worked with teenagers for the past 7 years in a secondary/sixth form school. I am experienced in working with many presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, social-anxiety, panic attacks, family issues, bereavement/loss, attachment/separation, abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault, relationships, self-harm, suicidal ideation, peer-on-peer abuse, online abuse/social media safety, low self-esteem and many more.

In my practice I also work creatively with the arts, for those individuals who would like to. I have found that using a variety of artistic mediums facilitates exploration and discovery of unconscious processes.  The emphasis is on the individual’s own interpretations of their creative process, rather than my analysis of what is created. Some of the mediums we can use include: imagery through drawing/painting, collage, clay modelling, poetry/song and role-play.

Being able to explore your thoughts and feelings, your relationships and interactions with others, may help you to understand the challenges you face and help you to identify any areas for change. Having a trustworthy therapist to talk to can be extremely valuable and can support you in living a more authentic and fulfilling life. 

If you would like to discuss how counselling/psychotherapy could be helpful for you, please contact me to arrange an initial consultation. This will be a first meeting to discuss your concerns, expectations and goals for therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling Teenagers (IATE)
  • Trauma Informed Practice (IATE)
  • Bereavement Training (Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training)
  • Mindfulness Practitioner Training (Kagyu Samye Dzong, London)
  • Attachment Across the Life-cycle (Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training)
  • Post-graduate certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Advanced Diploma Integrative and Inter-Cultural Counselling
  • Certificate for Person-Centred and Psychodynamic Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) Degree Psychology

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

My professional training and counselling work have allowed me the experience of working inter-culturally within multi-ethnic and diverse settings. I am aware of and respect different cultural beliefs and values and different religions. I am committed to equal opportunities and would not discriminate on any grounds relating to age, gender, sexuality, race, religion or disability. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

£60.00 per session

Additional information

My fees are £60 per session, to be paid at the time of our appointment via bank transfer.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I currently have some evening availability on Mondays and Wednesdays and both morning and afternoon availability on Fridays.

Further information

During our first assessment session we will discuss your priorities for counselling and your current concerns. We will also talk about the number of sessions you would like. Based on your needs, I can offer short term work with a clearly defined end date (usually 6-12 sessions), or I can work longer term and offer 'open-ended' psychotherapy, whatever feels right for you.

If you have any questions you would like to ask please call me on the number above or email me.

Coulsdon
Croydon
CR5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

There are several steps leading to the property, therefore online counselling is available to those individuals who might be unable to access the practice in person.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Skype
Alison Stevenson

Alison Stevenson