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
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.