Alison Strutt Registered MBACP
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I also work as a tutor for a counselling training academy, delivering counselling courses to adult students.
My decision to train to become a counsellor came after having been a client in counselling myself, so I am aware that it may feel daunting trying to find a counsellor who meets your needs.
I provide a safe, confidential and welcoming place in which you can talk about and explore whatever it is that brings you to counselling. It may be something recent, or something from the past which brings you to counselling.
My approach is predominantly person-centred and relational, offering you a non-judgmental space to work through your thoughts and feelings. I consider myself to be down-to-earth and real, friendly and approachable in my nature. I have experience of working with a range of issues and my approach enables me to work empathically with you to find your own path/answers at your pace. It may be that you just want to make sense of how you're feeling and why. I will listen to what you are bringing and work with you to make sense of it. I believe that every person has the potential to guide their own path, making their own choices and reaching their own full potential. Therefore, I won't tell you what to do or 'give you answers', based on my feelings and ideas, but will support you in finding your own way, as part of the counselling process. I value my clients and their perspective and I work to understand how things are from your perspective.
The sessions I offer are 50 minutes long and are usually held on a weekly basis. However, I am happy to make other arrangements with you if weekly sessions are not possible. I can work on both a short-term or long-term basis with you and will discuss your requirements and expectations at our initial meeting in order for you to decide what you may want or need from counselling. This will also enable you to decide whether you feel that I am the right counsellor for you.
I am happy for you to call or e-mail me to discuss your requirements or ask any questions about how I work etc. There is no obligation for you to book an appointment if you wish to think about it further.
To book an initial counselling appointment, you can call, or e-mail me with your preferred day/time of day. Booking and attending a first counselling session does not commit you to booking further sessions with me. This is something we can discuss as the decision to attend counselling is entirely yours.
My counselling room is situated in a deaf awareness centre within a small shopping centre in Stevenage. The centre and room are wheelchair accessible. There is a separate entrance/exit available for clients to my room. The shopping centre has free parking and bus stops.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained to CPCAB level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. My training, qualifications, experience and continuing professional development include the following:
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
Safeguarding and Child Protection training
Protective Behaviours (Foundation level)
Bereavement in Children
CPCAB Standardisation training for counselling course tutors
Gender identity/Trans’ awareness
Understanding Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD (University of Derby)
Working with children in their world, a practitioner’s response – ‘Making connections with an Autistic brain’ (Phyllis Coulter) and ‘Supporting children who have experienced early years trauma and broken attachments in childhood’ (Bill Ashton)
Grief Works: Stories of life, death and surviving’ – Julia Samuel
‘Identity: can you tell me who I am?’ – BACP
Depression: A compassionate view (University of Derby)
Bridging the Dementia Divide: Supporting people living with Dementia
Shame – Dr Brene Brown PhD
GDPR awareness certificate
Stress – The Psychology of Stress, Anxiety, Fear and Worry
Although I currently work in private practice alongside teaching, my previous experience includes working with children and young people from 8-25 as well as adults. I have previously counselled in a young people’s centre; 3 local secondary schools; Relate (Talktime) and MIND. I also work as an Assessments Therapist for a local counselling service.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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£45 individuals (50 minute session)
I am able to offer a reduced rate to counselling students – please ask for details.
48 hours' notice is required for cancellations, otherwise there is a charge for the missed session.
I work from a deaf awareness centre which is wheelchair accessible. The centre is based within a small shopping centre which has free car parking and bus stops nearby. My counselling room has a separate entrance/exit for my clients.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
The centre I work from is on one ground floor level and is wheelchair accessible throughout.
Monday to Friday - Daytime and evening availability.
Types of client