Carmen Alfonso MBACP (Accred)
I have been working as a counsellor and counselling supervisor in educational organisations, the voluntary sector and private practice for the last 12 years. My practice is based in the town of Dursley, Gloucestershire where I offer individual counselling (1-1 and via the phone) and supervision (1-1, phone and SKYPE).
My training is Person-Centred (Humanistic) and Integrative. This means that I may bring together different elements of specific counselling models and theories depending what is needed or wished for. There is no single approach that can help all individuals in all situations, so I value very much the richness and flexibility that my training offers. I have an interest and training in working with CBT, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment Theory.
We all have within ourselves a great capacity for self-knowledge, growth, creativity and positive change. However, at times we may feel alone, confused, stuck or lost. It may be difficult to know what to do to make things better and hard to understand or articulate what we think and feel. We may also not have anyone neutral in our lives that we can speak to. It is at these times when counselling can be so helpful.
I offer a space where you can openly and freely express your thoughts and feelings about particular situations or events that may be troubling or distressing you. These could be historical or current, personal or professional. I will listen attentively and without judgement to all you wish to share with me. I will be a companion in your journey, getting as close as I can to your experience and what it means to you, rather than assume the stance of an expert. I will always endeavour to support you in finding the answers within yourself.
I see counselling as a relational process, so the quality of our relationship will have the greatest impact. For this reason, I will do all I can to develop a trusting and collaborative relationship between us.
What to Expect
You can contact me via e-mail or telephone (see contact details) for a brief chat and to organise an initial session.
This initial session will give us an opportunity to meet, to explore what brings you to counselling at this time, how counselling may help and to ask each other any further questions that seem important. During this session if we agree to work together, we could decide how many sessions initially we could meet for and how often. I can offer short or longer term counselling.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually once a week but meeting with longer gaps is possible.
Professional Registration and Ethics
I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - membership number 0059164). I adhere to their standards and ethics and receive regular supervision from a trained and qualified supervisor.
I attend regular training so I continue to learn and support my professional development and practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of the West of England, Bristol
- Diploma in Professional Studies Counselling, University of the West of England, Bristol
- Certificate in Supervision, Palmoasis, Bristol
I have also had training in Solution Focused Therapy, CBT from OCTC (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre), Mindfulness from Mindfulness in Action, Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Therapy from The Severnside Institute of Psychotherapy and Groups Analysis South West.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Emotional Impact of Study
Initial Consultation: £35.
50 Minutes Counselling Session: £40
Limited concessionary rates are on offer.
I have worked as a counsellor since 2006 in a University setting where I am currently a member of the senior team. I work with young and mature students and have also supported students with disabilities as a mental health mentor. I work extensively with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma and the emotional impact of academic studies.
I have significant experience and interest in working with illness, chronic & life threatening illness, bereavement and carers and was privileged to work for some years at the charity The Harbour in Bristol, that offers support in these areas.
I also have an interest in working with work related stress and general difficulties around work that could be relational or organisational.
During my professional career I have offered counselling support to individuals of diverse backgrounds and cultures, and the equality and diversity dimension of my work is very important to me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Afternoon and evening.
Types of client