Maxine Alton

Maxine Alton

Hartlepool
Durham
TS26

07954 791784

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Hartlepool
Durham
TS26

07954 791784

About me

Hello, my name is Maxine and I offer a holistic approach to counselling. The environment I like to work in is warm, trusting and supportive in a private and safe place which helps and supports individuals who are struggling with any difficulties, dilemmas, preoccupations or obstacles to happiness.


I am an experienced counsellor and I work integratively, which means I utilise a whole host of different therapies to creatively support clients to meet their individual needs/wants. Furthermore, the warm and open environment I work in provides an opportunity to talk in confidence. I will fully support you and together we can explore what is happening for you at the moment, find a way to move forward and help you live a happier life, where you feel empowered to manage life's 'ups and downs'.

Additionally, I have valuable experience, knowledge and understanding of working with children, young people, adults and couples. 

Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Full Insurance
Enhanced Disclodure & Barring Service (DBS) Certificate

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications

  • Couples Counselling training
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Certificate in Mindfulness
  • BA (Hons) Degree Therapeutic Counselling
  • Foundation Degree in Arts with Commendation in Counselling
  • Colour Therapy Certificate
  • Hot Stone Therapy Certificate
  • Reiki Certificate
  • Reflexology Certificate
  • Aromatherapy Diploma

Training

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
  • Counselling Skills for Bereavement and Loss

Experience

I work full-time as a counsellor and I am experienced working with and supporting clients through different and diverse issues. I believe in a therapeutic relationship, and working collaboratively, which involves us developing a connection, identifying your goals, areas for growth and development in order to live a more fulfilling life.

Also, I am currently working with an independent charity providing services for people seeking mental health advice and support. Furthermore, I have been successfully working together with the staff, children and young people of a local charity to raise their awareness of mindfulness and how to implement practices and techniques into their everyday lives. Additionally, I have been working with a local school to introduce the concept of mindfulness and techniques to Y6 pupils to help alleviate the stresses of the impending SATs.

I have practised as a Course Leader, Lecturer and Internal/External Verifier for many years teaching a wide range of courses and my core area of expertise was Counselling and Complementary Therapies.

I believe that my earlier experiences of working as a Complementary Therapist have undoubtedly had an impact on my 'way of being' and enabled me to be a truly Humanistic Counsellor.

I trained as a Couples Counsellor through Jesmond Therapy Centre and work with couples as well as bringing my couples counselling knowledge to my individual work.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

Counselling Fees

For face to face Counselling, my fees are £35 for the Initial Consultation, and thereafter £40 for each session. Couples Counselling is £45 for the Initial Consultation and £50 for subsequent sessions. I ask that you pay for each session on the day and I do not accept debit or credit cards.

I can also offer a Counselling service by telephone and Skype, the fees are £35 for the Initial Consultation, and thereafter £40 for each session. Payment for these services is in advance for each session.

I am able to offer reduced fees for officially verifiable personal circumstances.

Students undertaking a Counselling Course which requires, or benefits from personal therapy, or placement Supervision, can benefit from reduced fees for regular sessions.

The counselling sessions would be for 50 minutes duration and the number of sessions required would be agreed in advanced and reviewed regularly.

Supervision Fees

Individual Supervision Rate - Trainee £40
Group supervision Rate (minimum 3 people) - Trainee £30
Individual Supervision Rate - Professional £55
Group Supervision Rate (minimum 3 people) - Professional £45

Further information

I feel that when choosing a therapist it is very important that you choose the one that you feel comfortable with. The initial consultation will provide us with an opportunity to chat, get to know each other a little, experience the environment I work in and how I like to work.

If you feel that this would appeal to you, contact me and we will set up an initial introductory session.

Maps & Directions

Hartlepool, TS26

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

I am quite flexible regarding availability, I can offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I hold an approved certificate in Clinical Supervision and offer both individual and group supervision for qualified therapists and therapists in training.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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