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 massive difference and enable 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.

How do I work?

I am an integrative counsellor, which means I have been trained in more than one approach, Person Centred and Psychodynamic, adapting my way of working to suit individual needs. I work in a nondirective 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, 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 30-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 primary and 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

Level 5 Diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling (on going)
Level 4 Diploma in therapeutic counselling - Integrative

Member organisations

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial 30 minute session - FREE
Further 50 minute sessions - £50

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

Availability

Afternoon and evening sessions available.

Further information

I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate (Disclosure & Barring Service formerly CRB)
I am fully insured.
Member of the BACP.

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

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Alison Wells

Alison Wells