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As with many in the world of counselling, my interest emerged from needing to deal with my own problems. As a counsellor I would like to journey alongside you, to try to understand your world, to help you identify what holds you back, and to discover ways of being that are more in tune with what you need. I have a wide range of competencies and experience but specialise in Eating Disorders.
I invite you to take a deep dive and look around my website which is like a very colourful CV! It showcases who I am, what I can offer, and an explanation of the extensive toolkit of therapeutic approaches I can integrate into my tailored approach to your care. In the media section, you can access conference presentations, articles, and podcast interviews, giving you some extra insight into my lived experience.
How I work:
In my work, I draw upon a broad spectrum of psychotherapeutic knowledge and tune my approach to match the uniqueness of each person I work with. My training is in Relational Therapy whose central premise is that it is through relationships that we become and maintain who we are, and it is through the therapeutic relationship that personal change can take place. I integrate and interweave other techniques into my work, as I absolutely believe that there is strength in diversity. I will use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) techniques to assist with changing thoughts and behaviours, building self-compassion and reducing shame. I also draw upon Transactional Analysis (a theory of personality) and use a collaborative Person-Centred approach, allowing you to gain personal insight and bring awareness to how you are able to heal yourself.
How I hope to help you:
I aim to offer you a supportive, open and trusting therapeutic relationship and a space to share, in confidence, difficulties in your personal life. My desire for you is that this will enable you to be honest about your issues and help you explore and unlock feelings which may have been hidden for years, without fear of judgement or reproach. I will take time to listen to you and to understand your experiences. Painful situations in the present often have their roots in the past. I hope to assist you to uncover hidden links, which in turn may allow greater freedom of thought and action.
I believe that it is essential that you feel comfortable with your therapist so that you can start an open and frank dialogue. Research has indicated that the working alliance (how you get on with your therapist) is as important as any other factor in successful therapeutic outcomes. I am happy to have a telephone chat in the first instance if you feel that this would help you to decide whether you want to meet me. You can also look at my website www.allieoutram.co.uk for more information about me.
Codes of Ethics and Practice
I receive regular supervision for my work, in line with BACP ( British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) guidelines, and work within the Ethical Framework of the BACP. I possess full professional liability insurance and I am fully DBS checked. In terms of continuing professional development, I attend numerous courses and conferences annually to ensure that I remain a competent, well informed and effective counsellor.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Psychological Therapies - CBT module
- Level 7 (Masters level), Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (attained from a BACP Accredited University. 2 years).
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills (1 year)
- BSc (Hons) Anatomy and Physiology – 2.1 from the University of Bristol (3 years)
- Certificate in Pastoral Counselling Skills from the University of Gloucestershire (1 year)
Further training attended:
- Therapeutic Communication with Adolescents – Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
- Life stage: Puberty. Addressing change and anxiety.
- Life stage: Mid-adolescence. The search for identity, risks and groups.
- Life stage: Late-adolescence. The transition to young life, leaving and mourning.
- Transference and Counter-transference workshop.
- Advanced Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders by Dr Ken Goss, Coventry Eating Disorder Service. 3 day workshop.
- Using Creativity as a therapeutic tool workshop
- Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT-E) For People With An Eating Disorder by Dr Ken Goss, Coventry Eating Disorder Service. 2-day workshop.
- Evidence-based approaches to Body Dysmorphic Disorder Skills workshop (6 hours)
- Attachment workshop with Airevalley Counselling and Psychotherapy Services (6 hours)
- Transactional Analysis 101 Course. Verified by the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA).
- Introductory and Advanced Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders (CFT-E) 5-day Course run by Dr Ken Goss, (D. Clin. Psy) Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Coventry Eating Disorders Service in the UK.
- Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) 2-day Conference run by Professor Christopher G. Fairburn at the University of Oxford.
- ‘Working to overcome eating disorders’ Guided self-help training event run by Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Suzanne Heywood-Everett and Advanced Practice Dietician Ursula Philpot.
Additional Training: Safeguarding, risk of harm, substance misuse (drugs and alcohol), domestic abuse (perpetrators and victims), mental health awareness, self-esteem, anger management, cognitive behavioural therapy, coaching skills.
I have spent the whole of my career working one-to-one with clients and meeting their different health and well-being needs. I have done this in a variety of settings including the NHS (Primary care mental health and IAPT), the Corporate Sector and Privately. I have also worked in the field of fitness and so appreciate the joy a healthy body can provide. I have a holistic view of life; mind and body function together, not in isolation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£85.00 per session
£85 for a 50 minute session or £480 for a 6 week block of sessions (£80/session).
My prices are based on a comparison with other professionals with the same specialism as myself and the fact that I am a Counselling Supervisor, on the BACP Expert Panel, and a Beat Ambassador.
I also offer a reduced negotiable rate for people on low incomes.
If you have any questions I would be happy to discuss them before making an appointment. Just call me on my mobile number (07764606614) and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
When I work
I am available Monday to Friday (11.30-5.30pm). I will try to accommodate your needs. Please call to find a mutually convenient time for us both. Thank you.
My personal experiences and area of expertise
My area of special interest and expertise is EATING DISORDERS. I am a Beat Ambassador (www.b-eat.org.uk) sharing their vision that eating disorders can and will be beaten. I have had personal experience of overcoming an eating disorder and now aim to inspire other sufferers and give insight into the complexities of this tenacious and notoriously difficult to treat illness. I have made many media appearances, given presentations, published a book, and written several newspaper and magazine articles about this subject. My aim has been to challenge the stereotypes and stigma that people with eating disorders and other mental health conditions face, campaign for better services and treatment, and provide information, support and encouragement to those seeking treatment and recovery. I love to share my experience, strength, optimism and professional knowledge in the unwavering hope that all my clients will walk free from the chains of addiction, or whatever it is that is holding them back from living a happy, fulfilling life.
I am trained in CBT-E (Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) which is the leading evidence-based and most effective treatment for eating disorders but also integrate and interweave other techniques into my relational approach including CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) and TA (Transactional Analysis).
I propose that we embark upon the Break Free From ED modules which provide clear scientific information about eating disorders and guide you through key components of cognitive behavioural therapy for eating disorders. The modules cover features of eating disorders and associated risks, common maintaining factors, establishing weekly weighing, using self-monitoring to understand patterns of eating as well as other eating disorder thoughts and behaviours, steps towards eating regularly, adequately, and including feared foods as part of recovery, and how to use behavioural experiments to test out fears. Binge eating, purging and driven exercise are addressed before body checking and body avoidance interventions are introduced. I will examine the role of negative core beliefs in keeping you vulnerable to eating disorder behaviours and provide strategies to challenge them. Finally, I will help you set up a relapse prevention action plan.