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.
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 University of Bristol (3 years)
- Certificate in Pastoral Counselling Skills from 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.
- Transferenceand Counter-transference workshop.
- Advanced Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders by Dr Ken Goss, Coventry Eating Disorder Service. 3 day workshop.
- Using Creativityas 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)
- Attachmentworkshop 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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 for a 50 minute session or £330 for a 6 week block of sessions (£55/session).
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.
I am available Monday to Friday (10.30-5.30pm). 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 which is the cutting edge development in CBT treatment especially designed for eating problems and disorders. CBT-E is the abbreviation for “enhanced cognitive therapy”, and it refers to a “transdiagnostic” personalised psychological treatment for eating disorders. CBT-E has been shown to be more effective than all the other widely used treatments for eating disorders. With clients who are not significantly underweight (the great majority of adult cases), about 80% complete treatment and of them about three quarters make a full recovery that appears to be well-maintained. It differs from standard CBT because it is based on a specific theoretical model of the psychological and behavioural mechanisms that underlie and maintain the eating problems. It is a structured, tailored form of one-to-one talking therapy in which you and your therapist work together as a team. It focuses on helping you change your eating behaviours now and in the future (it does refer to the past but does not centre on it). Generally the twenty sessions version of the treatment is recommended for most people (around five months).
I also use Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) which is a transdiagnostic treatment approach focused on building self-compassion and reducing shame. It is based on the theory that feelings of shame contribute to the maintenance of eating disorder psychopathology. According to the CFT model, it is only by developing self-compassion that you can break out of these maladaptive cycles, and take steps toward recovery. I will use Compassionate Mind Training (CMT), focusing on activating the soothing system via imagery and related practical exercises, and using your Compassionate Mind to help you address the challenges of recovery and cultivate an attitude of inner-kindness toward your personal shortcomings and distress.
During our sessions together we will work through an Overcoming Disordered Eating modular course which has been designed to provide information, strategies and techniques to change thinking patterns associated with disordered eating.
These 9 modules are designed to provide you with some information about disordered eating - how it develops, how it is maintained, and strategies to start to change the problem behaviours associated with disordered eating. Each module contains information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
Module 1: What is an Eating Disorder?
This module provides an overview of what eating disorders are, their impact, and the role of dieting and healthy weight.
Module 2: How ready am I to Change?
This module explores preparedness to change disordered eating behaviours, and also outlines some of the treatment options for eating disorders.
Module 3: How Eating Disorders are Maintained
This module outlines some of the factors which maintain disordered eating and create a vicious cycle.
Module 4: Self-Monitoring
This module explains the importance of self-monitoring of eating behaviours, and provides a food log worksheet.
Module 5: Regular Eating and Weighing
This module provides a rationale for regular eating and weighing, along with guidelines and worksheets.
Module 6: Binge Eating, Purging and Driven Exercise
This module explains the role of binge eating, purging, and driven exercise, and how these behaviours maintain disordered eating in a vicious cycle.
Module 7: Moods and Disordered Eating
This module explores the way emotions and difficulty handling moods can affect disordered eating behaviours, along with strategies to manage moods.
Module 8: Dietary Rules
This module explores the role of dietary restriction and rules in maintaining disordered eating, along with guidelines for normal eating.
Module 9: Progress Review and Barriers to Change
This module helps you to review your progress through the modules so far and to identify any potential barriers to progress.
These 9 modules provide some strategies and techniques to change the thinking patterns associated with disordered eating.
Module 1: Over-evaluation of Weight and Shape
In this module we will explore in more detail how people with eating disorders place an unusually high value on controlling their eating, weight and/or shape, and how they judge their self-worth accordingly. We will show how this leads to an over-evaluation of control over eating, weight and/or shape, and how this preoccupation and other factors keep the disordered eating going.
Module 2: Challenging Unhelpful Thinking
This module provides information and strategies to help you start changing the thoughts associated with your disordered eating and weight control habits.
Module 3: Challenging Dietary Rules
This module introduces a range of strategies for challenging dietary rules and restriction, and food avoidance.
Module 4: Body checking / Avoidance and “Feeling Fat”
This module discusses some of the consequences of over-emphasising shape and weight.
Module 5: Low Self-Esteem
This module explores the role of low self-esteem in disordered eating and weight control habits.
Module 6: Improving Low Self-Esteem
This module offers strategies for improving self-esteem by developing new rules for living and new, more balanced beliefs about yourself.
Module 7: What are Mindsets?
This module describes the "eating disorder mindset," a set of distorted beliefs about eating, weight and shape.
Module 8: Changing Mindsets
This module provides more strategies for replacing the old "mindset" with new, more helpful messages.
Module 9: Relapse Prevention
This module helps you develop a plan for maintaining the goals you have achieved so far and another plan for preventing relapse into old disordered behaviours and thoughts related to eating, shape and weight.