Anne-Marie Alger (Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Supervisor, MA, MBACP)
Individual and Couples Counselling, Clinical Supervision, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Grief and Loss.
One in four of us experience mental health problems at some time in our lives. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, low in mood, having difficulty coping, having relationship issues, not knowing who you are anymore, then help is available. Anxiety and depression are common, but talking about it, building coping strategies and dealing with the underlying problems will make a huge difference to the way that you feel. If your confidence and self-esteem is shattered, it takes time to rebuild them, make changes, accept the things you cannot change and become the person that you want to be for a more positive future.
As a registered Psychotherapist I will help you to make sense of your own emotions, changing the way that you think, feel and behave. I can help you to resolve, accept or adapt to issues you are facing from the past or present, and move forward towards a positive future. Make that first step towards a better future; contact me to see if I am the therapist for you.
I can help with a wide range of emotional needs such as low confidence and self-esteem, stress and anxiety, low mood and depression, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, separation and divorce, betrayal and infidelity, trust issues, abuse, family challenges, postnatal depression. I also offer hynotherapy to help with areas such stress and anxiety, self-esteem, sleep issues, stopping smoking, emotional eating and overeating, and pain management,
I can offer short and longer-term psychotherapy and counselling to individual clients and couples from my private practice in Heaton, Bolton. I offer face-to-face counselling, on-line therapy and telephone sessions, so you can choose the option that helps to meet your current lifestyle. Some clients, especially young people, would prefer to access psychotherapy and counselling from the privacy of their own home, perhaps finding this less daunting than coming to an office for direct face-to-face contact. On-line counselling can be offered through skype, facetime or email.
I work in a way that is empathic, respectful, genuine and ethical. By building trust, I use our relationship within the therapy session to create the possibility of positive, long-term change. I am also a registered nurse, and will draw on my experiences working in health and social care to enhance the quality of my work with you.
I work using an integrative approach which means I can be flexible in how I work with you. Integrative Psychotherapy incorporates a range of therapeutic approaches and interventions. These may vary depending on whether we are working together on current issues and the present ‘here and now’ feelings and emotions, or looking at past experiences, and will help to create a sense of who you are, how you function and how you feel in different circumstances.
Using a relational base, I may draw upon influences and techniques from a range established models of psychology and related therapeutic approaches. This means we may explore in more depth how your current difficulties may stem from earlier adulthood or childhood experiences, held in the hidden unconscious, and help to reveal and resolve the discomfort these bring. Other interventions may help to increase your level of self-awareness and emotional well-being, or help to manage problems in a more positive, practical and mindful way. Some clients prefer to work in a more problem-focused, structured way, and this can assist in positively changing the way you think and behave on a daily basis.
If you choose a hypnotherapy programme, rather than psychotherapy or counselling, this usually occurs over 3 sessions, scripted to your individual needs. This helps you to break unhealthy habits and thought patters, to bring about positive subconscious change through a process of deep relaxation, and through this whole process you always remain in control.
The way we work together will be transparent at all times, and you will never be ‘made’ to do anything that you are uncomfortable or unhappy with. All therapy is always at your pace and within your control. Sessions are safe, confidential, relaxed.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Arts (MA) in Integrative Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited) (University of Central Lancashire) 2016
Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Integrative Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited) (University of Central Lancashire) 2013
Master in Education (Professional Practice in Higher Education) (University of Central Lancashire) 2009
Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills (British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision) 2016, complementing my existing clinical supervision qualifications within my post qualifying BSc programme, and my teaching of the topic at first degree and masters level.
Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling (Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre) 2015
Aside from private practice, I work as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, within the College of Health & Well-Being, teaching on postgraduate health care leadership and supervision programmes, alongside undergraduate psychotherapy and counselling programmes.
I am a Registered Nurse, working in Higher Education as a Nurse Tutor and I support students from a range of health professions in developing leadership skills, continuing professional development and clinical supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
I have experience in coaching and mentoring as part of my work at the University of Central Lancashire
I have provided volunteer counselling and psychotherapy sessions for local organisations Bolton’s Women Aid (Fortalice) and MhIST, where I initially had student placements then continued to offer my time.
Overall, this means I have experience of working within the healthcare setting for 20 years.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Psychotherapy & Counselling (MBACP). This is a professional body that regulates ethical and professional practice and I adhere to their code of conduct, and I am listed on their national register for psychotherapists and counsellors. I continue to access workshops and training to enhance my knowledge and understanding and I am working towards Accreditated status.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As an integrative psychotherapist I use approaches used in CBT, Person-Centred Counselling, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic Counselling and Creative-Expressive Therapy amongst others, so that I have a range of skills and tools that I can draw upon to help you in all aspects of your emotional well-being.
At times, dependent on your needs, I may also introduce creative-expressive interventions as an alternative way for you to express feelings or emotions about painful experiences that you may find difficult to verbally put into words. This may include the use of visualisation, art, letter-writing and narrative, object-referencing or modelling. Embracing creativity helps you to explore your imagination, acting as a bridge to your unconscious thoughts and feelings and gain fresh insight to old and challenging difficulties.
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All individual sessions are 50 minutes in duration, couples/relationship counselling sessions take 1 hour. I offer daytime, evenings and Saturday appointments to fit in with your lifestyle.
Individual psychotherapy/counselling appointments charged at £60 per session
Couples/Relationship counselling charged at £70 per session. Please email me to discuss 6 or 10 session package options
Hypnotherapy sessions - please contact me for more information
I am able to offer a small reduction for bulk booking (6+ sessions). Please enquire.
Concessions may also be available for students and trainee therapists.
NB the number of sessions you may require varies from individual to individual. This may range from an average of 6-10 counselling sessions, to some clients needing only 2-4 sessions, and yet other clients may require a longer term approach. This will always be your decision and remains in your control, and I will always discuss your requirements in depth with you as flexibility may be important. Honesty and integrity is essential in the way that I work.
Clinical Supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists and student counsellors and student psychotherapists: please contact me for further information
My therapy room is based in Heaton, Bolton, in a quiet residential area, easily accessible between Chorley Old Road and Chorley New Road, with good public transport links. The location is also easily accessible, within 10 minutes from the M61 junction 6 and the A666 from the M61/M60 junction 15.
Please feel free to ring me if you are unsure of anything or have any questions.
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Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
weekdays, evenings and some Saturday appointments
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer supervision to registered and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists.