Ally Wickstead (Cura Counselling)
I've worked for several years as a therapist, having trained after leaving university in counselling and youth work. I have worked with children, young people and adults and can adapt my working style to the needs of each age group.
I offer therapy from the age of 10 upwards.
I strongly believe in the relationship between client and therapist as well as working hard to ensure that the therapy you receive is according to your needs and the way you feel comfortable working.
I work in the Eastleigh area. I can offer a flexible service, offering appointments during the day, evenings and at weekends.
I offer both long and short time therapy according to your need. Having continued training alongside my years of experience in the therapy room, I can call on a lot of different ways of working (from creative play to CBT to dream exploration), depending on your wishes.
The first session will be an assessment session - a chance to get to know each other, find out what has brought you to counselling and to ensure I am the right service for you. If you chose long term (open ended) therapy, we will have a review every six weeks to check progress.
I have worked extensively with:
- suicidal ideation
- self harm
- family breakdown
- loss and bereavement
- fears of the future
- gender identity
- drug and alcohol misuse
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified in 2009 in Gestalt and Humanistic Counselling. After this, I completed a BA in Counselling. I am currently studying an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.
I have a lot of experience working with young people aged 11 to 25 in a charity setting as well as in secondary schools.
I also have experience and in-depth knowledge on working with sexuality and gender identity. Alongside my private practice, I also work with young people, with an emphasis on those who are substance users.
I have set up and written the programmes of work for successful support groups around anxiety, anger and self harm.
I also have experience in writing and facilitating training on self harm, anxiety, how to access support outside the therapy room for clients, sexuality, gender, substance use. This has been presented to police, schools, colleges, CAMHS, counsellors and youth workers.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Introductory session is £20, followed by £50 a session thereafter. A cancellation fee of £20 applies if an appointment is cancelled less than 24 hours in advance. A reduced fee is available for student counsellors.