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 (in person, via the phone and SKYPE).
I provide a space where you can openly and safely express your thoughts and feelings about particular situations or events that may be troubling or distressing you.
I will listen attentively and without judgement and will seek to support you in making choices or changes that will help you live your life in a more meaningful and autonomous way.
Counselling is 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.
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.
What I offer in the current context of COVID-19
I am aware that at present many people have real limitations in terms of what they can afford regarding support, and that meeting face to face for counselling is not possible. For this reason I am offering:
One at a time sessions (only one, or as many as you wish to have, spread out to meet your needs)
Brief contracts (up to 6 sessions)
Intermediate contracts (between 6 and 12 sessions)
Longer term contracts (12 sessions or more)
You can contact me via e-mail or telephone (see contact details) for a brief chat and to organise an initial session (at a lower cost than regular counselling).
For brief, intermediate and longer term contracts I offer you an initial session that 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.
For one at a time sessions, I will send you a brief form for you to complete before we meet.
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
- Diploma in Supervision, Severn Talking Therapy, 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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Emotional Impact of Study
I am aware of the huge impact COVID-19 is having on mental health and the ability of those needing support to access it. I offer some spaces with low fees, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to explore this option.
Initial Consultation: £35
50 Minutes Counselling Session: £40
Low Fees on offer.
Concessions offered for
I have worked as a counsellor since 2006 in a University setting where I have worked as part of the senior and counselling teams. 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.
Offering equality and inclusion in my practice and respecting and valuing diversity are very important to me personally and are the heart of my counselling work.