Alison Wells

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MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Hemel Hempstead HP3 & Watford WD5
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Reading this is the first stage to helping yourself or someone you know. I understand how overwhelming it can feel to make those first steps, especially if this is your first experience of counselling. It takes courage to ask for help when life can feel so difficult. I know because I have been there. Having someone to talk to who is really listening and understanding how you feel can make a difference, enabling change to help you to understand yourself better.

My own journey with counselling started with my personal experience of autism in young people. This is where my passion began but then led to wanting to help people of all ages with different emotional difficulties, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, trauma, sadness, stress .......

How do I work

I am an integrative counsellor, which means I have been trained in more than one approach, Person Centred, CBT and Psychodynamic, adapting my way of working to suit individual needs. I work in a non-directive manner because I recognise that you know yourself better than anyone else. I have a broad experience of working with young people and adults and tailor each session to the specific needs of the individual.

I provide a safe, supported, and non-judgemental space to talk, face to face, for you to think about where you are and where you want to be and explore the everyday challenges that you may be facing.

What will the sessions look like?

I believe that finding the right counsellor is really important, which is why I offer a 15-minute free initial session over the phone for you to ask me anything you want to know about the sessions we will have.

I can help you to understand how therapy works and how best we will work together. This will allow you to make sure you are making the right decision, establish whether I am the right counsellor for you and ensure that you understand what you can expect from our sessions.

As everyone’s needs will be different, I offer both long-term and short-term work.

If this is your first experience of counselling you may be feeling apprehensive, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

For an informal talk, with no obligation, please feel free to either give me a call or email.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

Along side my private practice I also work as a school counsellor working with secondary school children.

I also work for a pupil referral unit offering counselling to parents and their children who can't attend mainstream school, this has given me a wide variety of people to work with and a varied and complex set of emotional issues to work through with my clients such as depression, anxiety, anger, low self esteem, bereavement, abuse and trauma.

Qualifications

  • BACP Accredited
  • Level 5 Diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling
  • Level 4 Diploma in therapeutic counselling - Integrative

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.

NCPS
National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
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.

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial 15 minute session - FREE
Further 50 minute sessions - £50

All sessions are to be paid for in full prior to the session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Afternoon and evening sessions available, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Further information

I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate (Disclosure & Barring Service formerly CRB)
I am fully insured.
I am an Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

My private practice is located in Pimlico, Hemel Hempstead and is within easy reach of the neighbouring areas, such as Leverstock Green, Kings Langley, Abbots Langley Watford, and St. Albans.

Pimlico, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP3

Abbots Langley, Watford, Herts, WD5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

DBS check

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