Allie Cairnie MBACP (Accred)
If you’re looking at this directory, it could be that you are finding life particularly difficult right now but also find thought of talking to someone pretty daunting. Perhaps you are looking for things in your life to change or want to understand why things keep happening to you in a certain way...
I am BACP accredited integrative therapist, which means I draw on a range of approaches as my aim is to shape my style of working around you and your needs. Above all, this is your therapy and it's important it feels right for you.
Because it feels difficult to ask for help and we can fall into a trap of trying to ignore or bury our difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences. We feel like we 'should' be able to cope on our own, however this way of coping can stop working over time and life can begin to feel tiring, frustrating or exhausting.
Therapy can offer a space to begin to explore new ways of coping with life’s challenges, with things moving at your own pace - my aim here is to be by your side through this process, offering you warmth, support and compassion as you find your unique way of understanding and living your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP accred).
My counselling training includes:
- First Class BA Hons in Integrative Relational Counselling
- CPCAB General Certificate in Online Counselling
Additional training in:
- Integrating a LifeCoaching approach
- Applying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Practice
- Mental health awareness
- Understanding Life Crisis
- Working with Eating Disorders
- Understanding Addiction - Drugs and Alcohol Training
I have also worked in the charity sector managing several mental health projects, including a community-based service for people with depression as well as a peer support project for people using NHS services.
I am currently working for a local youth charity where I am responsible for innovation and development, which means I am always looking for new types of services that can help people get the help they need in a way which is flexible, friendly, convenient and accessible.
My specialist training to work with young people has included:
- Working with Young People and Trauma
- Working with Young People: Policies, Ethics, Child Protection, Safeguarding
- Adolescence and Sexuality
- Working with Young People and Self Harm
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Standard rates are £50 per session in Coulsdon and £60 per session in Clapham (from 2018).
I understand that often money can be a real barrier to people getting the help they desperately need.
- I do therefore offer concessionary fees to those experiencing financial difficulty.
- I also offer a student rate for trainee counsellors undertaking counselling as part of their course requirements.
Please contact me for more information.