Alys Hernandez

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Bsc (Hons), Dip. Couns. Reg. MBACP MBPsS
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Ashford, Kent, TN24
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

My main aim in counselling is to provide you with a safe, warm and private space to talk and be heard non-judgmentally and with compassion. I believe in working collaborative to understand how we have come to perceive our experiences of the world and the effect this has had upon us. All experiences are valid and our responses to these are understandable. Talking therapy can help to bring about a level of awareness, understanding, and often an opportunity to challenge how we perceive and/ or respond to these experiences if we would wish to.


I approach counselling from an integrative approach that incorporates psychodynamic therapy, person-centred, CBT, mindfulness and existentialism. However, I always approach therapy in a manner that best suits you and whatever experience you may bringing. The approach will not define the therapy. 

For those that it may interest, I also work creatively in counselling and supervision practice. This includes using tools like clay, sandtray, mixed media, etc. I believe that at times words alone are not enough to externalise what we are really trying to communicate to ourselves and others, and these tools can help.

Ultimately, no one really wants to suffer and we all want to be happy and my aim is to help you on your journey towards that.


I offer short-term therapy (6-8 sessions) to longer, open-ended therapy. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) which means I am qualified to work as a counsellor and can assist with any issues that may be troubling you. 

In addition to working as qualified counsellor I also hold a Foundation Degree in Counselling and have undertaken Cruse Bereavement training. I hold a second degree in Psychology with First Class Honours, and I am currently studying a Masters in Psychology, as well as Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play. I have taught Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 counselling to trainee counsellors. 

I have a special interest in supporting those that have been on the receiving end of those with Narcissism, as well as those that believe they may have Narcissistic traits.

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fee for a 50 minute session is £50. Each session will last 50 minutes where a contract for our work together will be agreed at the end of the session if you wish to continue.

There is limited availability for reduced fees for those in financial hardship. Reduced fees are negotiated before the first session. Sessions tend to be once a week, though I can do fortnightly. I will not offer a lower frequency than fortnightly initially. As therapy comes to a draw it can often reduce in frequency.

I operate a 24 hour cancellation policy.

When I work

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Further information

Please contact me to discuss the work that we can do together, if I do not pick up please leave a message and I will contact you back within 24 hours.


Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.

Ashford, Kent, TN24

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Counselling takes place within my home in a room allocated to counselling only. There is access to a toilet on the premises.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Google Meet
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Former counselling tutor, experienced working with CYP through to adults.

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