Alys Hernandez Dip. Couns. Reg. MBACP
Life is complicated and sometimes it can become too difficult to cope with on your own; it is alright to ask for help. I am here to listen to you, to listen to your story on your terms and to try to understand the world from your point of view so we can help you work life's complications out together. I am here to help you to get to where you need to be in life.
My name is Alys and 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 am a registered member of the BACP, which means that I abide by a strict ethical framework to make sure that I am working ethically, safely and to the best of my ability with my clients. I undergo regular supervision and attend courses and carry out further reading to make sure that I have the best knowledge I can to assist the therapeutic process.
I approach counselling from an integrative approach that incorporates psychodynamic therapy with humanism, CBT and mindfulness. This means that I have an advantage of being able to pull from several sources of therapeutic theory and use the skills and tools that suit you best. I am passionate about the counselling that I offer and with the time and space needed to reflect on past and present issues and experiences, we can work together to become more aware of what is really going on to help you move on.
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. I can do home visits also (to be negotiated), please contact me to discuss further.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) which means I am qualified to work as a counsellor and assist you with any issues that may be troubling you. I have completed the Certificate of Proficiency, which is the latest qualification required by qualified members of the BACP to complete to show that they are ethically competent.
In addition to working as qualified counsellor I also hold a Foundation Degree in Counselling and have undertaken Cruse Bereavement training. I am currently undertaking a second degree in Psychology with the plan of eventually gaining a Doctorate. My main research interests include anxieties and how this relates to our identities, virtually and in the real world.
I have experience working with individuals from small children and adolescents to adults. I have also been working in schools for the past five years and I work for an agency providing counselling services in a variety of schools. I carry out Continual Professional Development, undergo regular supervision and undertake further reading on a regular basis.
I have had experience with issues including:
- Eating disorders
- Abuse (sexual, emotional, etc)
- Relationship issues
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
My fee for a 50 minute session is £40. 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 and are during weekdays and some evenings.
I operate a 24 hour cancellation policy.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays and some evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|