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How Counselling Can Help
Taking the first courageous step into counselling can be daunting, especially if you are feeling quite vulnerable.
Whatever challenges you are facing at present, Alloa Counselling offers a safe, non-judgemental, and confidential environment in which you will feel seen and heard.
We invite you to make contact to discuss the purpose of counselling as well as exploring how we can help you as an individual or as a couple.
We will provide a caring, confidential and non-judgemental environment where you will be listened to, heard, respected and valued.
The relationship you develop with your counsellor is fundamental to how much benefit you will get from counselling. The positive relationship we build will support you to achieve your aims.
A little bit about me
My name is Kim Wylie and Alloa Counselling is my company.
I am a highly experienced integrative counsellor with training in various trauma modalities. My specialism is in supporting adult survivors of childhood trauma.
In both individual and couples work, I incorporate protective techniques which enable clients to process their experiences without being flooded by intolerable emotions.
I like to work collaboratively, remaining attuned to each person’s needs throughout our work together.
I have a passion for helping people heal and strongly believe that counselling can facilitate clients to realise their aims and goals.
How I work
A myriad of issues can make us feel "stuck" and I provide a safe place where you will feel held whilst we unpack those issues. They will always be part of your story. However, as we work together, the goal is that they become your history; no longer affecting the present or hindering your future. I believe in the change and progress counselling can bring. I am passionate about helping people heal and realise their aims and goals.
My special interest is in helping clients who are living with trauma, whether it be recent or from the distant past.
The effects of trauma can manifest in various ways, including:
loss of a sense of self, low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness, shame, anxiety, panic attacks, mistrust, self-harm, substance misuse, eating disorders, compulsive behaviour, headaches, irritability, depression, feeling numb, or feeling overwhelmed by emotions.
Furthermore, adverse experiences in childhood often impact our behaviour and relationships as adults.
As an unconscious strategy for safety, traumatic memories are often hidden. This enables people to cope and avoid overwhelm.
Unfortunately, these protections, once necessary for survival, often end up causing more harm than benefit.
I help and support my clients to develop resources which allow them to process painful memories without being overwhelmed. They can then move towards their release from the harmful effects of trauma.
Models for Counselling Individuals
Comprehensive Resource Model (developed by Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed. )
I have found the Comprehensive Resource Model(CRM) to be a very gentle and powerful model; particularly useful when processing trauma. CRM is a trauma therapy model that employs brain-based physiological safety as the foundation for healing. This model is a resourced based therapy and these resources enable the client to stay present as they remember without being flooded by negative emotions.
My work with couples
There are many reasons why you as a couple may wish to come for counselling:
· Loss of connection between you.
· Unfaithfulness in your relationship,
· Loss of trust between you.
· Difficulties communicating with each other.
My hope when working with couples who wish to work through their issues and stay together is that you go on a journey where you learn to listen to each other and speak to each other without fear and where your goal becomes connection to each other.
Couple counselling is a safe space for you to decide together if you wish to continue in the relationship.
If you choose to part then this can be navigated in a safe, respectful manner adhering to each other’s feelings and needs.
Counselling model for couples
I use an Integrative approach to couple counselling, utilising several different models and influences: from the work of Harville and Hendrix, Dr Sue Johnson Gottman and the wonderful Esther Perel.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling
- Diploma in Couple Counselling
- Comprehensive Resource Model - Basic/ Advanced and Core Self training
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Couple Counselling
- Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) for trauma counselling
£50.00 - £80.00
Working with trainee counsellors
We choose our postgraduate trainee counsellors very carefully, selecting mature people from high profile, professional backgrounds who are studying on reputable courses.
You can be confident that if you are seen by a trainee counsellor, you will be working with someone who is sufficiently trained and experienced to help you.
Sessions with trainee counsellors last 60 minutes and cost £50.
(Half hour telephone assessment prior to working with a student costs £40.)
Initial assessment and sessions with associate counsellors last 60 minutes and cost £65.
Individual initial assessment and sessions with Kim last 60 minutes and cost £80.
Couple Counselling initial assessment and sessions with Kim last 90 minutes and cost £150.
When I work