About me

Life brings many challenges and the pressure can be overwhelming. Sometimes you just need to sit and talk with a non-judgemental person who we don’t know. As you talk, we feel somehow lighter. As you continue the sessions it becomes easier and easier to let go of negative thoughts you had imagined you would have forever. As a counsellor my role is to provide space and guidance to help you on your journey of self-discovery; to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it.
I offer you a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems (PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, social anxiety, feeling sad) you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore what's going on with you in a way that leads to fresh perspectives - and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Counselling isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but it is about empowering you to make your own changes.
I'm an integrative therapist which means I use several different approaches to give you the most effective guidance possible. My approach to therapy is grounded in person-centred therapy as first theorised and developed by Carl Rogers. This is a non-judgmental way of working, where I step back and let you speak, where I let you express yourself the way you want. In addition, I include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness.
If you are ready to take the next step, please don't hesitate to call me or send me a quick email to set up your free 15-minute session via Zoom or by phone. I do my best to respond on the same day that you've called or emailed. If I don't respond on the same day, I will respond within 24 hours and no later.

Training, qualifications & experience

At 59 years-old, I earned a MSc Counselling degree from Bangor University. I practice as an integrative counsellor in North Wales which means I consider the entire person during therapy, not just labels like anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder or depression. In our sessions we will discuss anything from your childhood, work, relationships, fears, desires and more. Mostly, I’m curious about you and how we can bring emotional balance to your life. I work from my office seeing clients on Mondays in Llandudno, and I also see clients via Zoom.

I've travelled the world and have many years practice in Mindfulness, yoga, meditation, Qigong and Tai Chi.

I also have 2.5 years experience working in a children's home in North Wales.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

From £40.00 to £60.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial Assesment Session: £60

Subsequent sessions: £40

I offer face to face counselling in my office in Llanfairfechan, and I also offer sessions online via Zoom.

NOTE: I offer a free 15 minute session online via Zoom or by phone

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I'm available 9-5 Monday - Saturday. However, I can accomodate a limited number of appointments 5-8pm on Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Saturdays.

Further information

I believe wholeheartedly in the effectiveness of talk therapy. The science behind the chemistry of the human brain and how it affects our behaviours is noteworthy and interesting. However, it is only part of the story. The use of anti-depressants, and anti-psychotic drugs in more severe cases, can help some people but these chemical interventions treat only the symptoms of depression, anxiety and feeling sad. My way of working together with you goes straight to the source. I acknowledge every part of your experience of being human including body chemistry, behaviours, social dynamics, and if applicable, your spiritual dimension.

The source? What and where is that? I've found that the beginning of finding the source of many mental health challenges begins with understanding past trauma, whether that be from childhood (see John Bowlby) or trauma from anytime in your life. Talking about these things is rarely easy, but it is where we must begin to get to the source of your mental health challenges. After this we begin to work on the often negative effects of future thinking, overthinking and or catastrophic thinking.

The human mind is capable of great things! On the other end of the spectrum, it is capable of chaos and confusion. Most people today struggle with either living too much in the past or future. Over-active minds are what feed anxiety and depression and can leave us feeling powerless!

Counselling helps by making you more aware of your thoughts, and with concerted efforts you can bring your busy mind back under control to help make you feel more grounded and self aware.

Finally, I focus with sincerity on you reaching your therapeutic goals. In addition, I do my best to help you find independence for dealing with your mental health challenges via the tools and skills you learned during our sessions. By the time you have left my care, you will have the self-confidence and self-awareness to handle anything that life can throw at you.

Alton Villa
Bryn Road
Llanfairfechan
Conwy
LL33 0SA

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom

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