When given a safe and supportive environment I believe that we all have the strength and resources we need within us, and my aim and commitment to my clients is to facilitate this journey by promoting a warm, non-judgemental and non threatening space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences in safety.
I have experience of counselling both adults and young people (from 12 years old) and have worked with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem and identity, self-harm, abuse and bereavement.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am passionate about working with children and adolescents. Naturally, I am a very empathetic person, always listening with a positive and open-minded approach. As a member of the BACP, I subscribe to their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
I work using the integrative method that comprises of a number of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT), creative therapy, play therapy, systemic therapy and Animal- Assisted Therapy (AAT). I offer counselling services for children and young people within Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes area and also offer remote services.
I work for MIND and YiS ( Youth Counselling). I also have a private practice and work regularly at Bodhi Space in Olney. I can offer face to face sessions (socially distanced) and also telephone and online sessions ( via Zoom). Prior to working as a psychotherapeutic counsellor I was a teacher, broadcaster, theatre director and practitioner. I still work as a theatre director, producer and actor. I am particularly interested in the healing power of the arts and creativity.
Level 4 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Ad Dip PC
Level 4 Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills Cert Hyp CS
MBACP Registrant on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I obtained the Certificate of Proficiency to evidence my safe practice. Registration Number 383094
BA in English and Drama
MA in Victorian Studies
PGCE Post Graduate Certificate of Education
PGCPSE Post Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Education
Counselling is a process through which you become more able to freely express difficult feelings and emotions which lead to improved self-awareness and change.
I have worked with a wide range of diversity in a range different of settings for a number of years including mainstream and SEN schools, Trauma & Bereavement and Mental Health. I work therapeutically with both children and adults using an Integrative approach, meaning I use my knowledge and skills of and draw on interventions from various approaches to tailor my approach for individual clients. I believe the client has what they need to heal their own wounds and live life to their full potential I am able to connect the client to their inner healing abilities. My specialism has been working with clients effected by Trauma and Bereavement and the long lasting impact these issues can have living day to day long after events have happened. I also work effectively with a wide range of issues in particular; Anxiety and Depression, Childhood Trauma or Abuse, Relationship Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Children with special educational needs including Autism and ADHD.
Sometimes it can be difficult to the find the words and for some talking is not easy or doesn't feel safe, I am also a trained Brainspotting Therapist. This is a brain based tool which locates points in the visual field that help access unprocessed trauma in the Sub-Cortical brain, regulating the Amygdala the emotional centre of the brain. It works by finding a somatic que in the face or body, followed by mindful processing of trauma and other issues held in the brain and body. I have used this intervention for various issues including physical pain. In Brainspotting we believe where you look affects how you feel. This technique has been proven to be an effective treatment for trauma and other emotional and psychological issues. Brainspotting activates the body's innate ability to heal itself.
I work integratively, meaning that I am able to draw on many different elements and schools of psychotherapy in order to tailor my approach to your individual needs at any particular time. I have an easy, sensitive, relational approach, and I share my formulation of your difficulties and treatment plan very much in collaboration with each individual. I focus on your presenting difficulties in the context of your early relationships and environment, helping you to create links between past and present to bring about a deeper and more cohesive understanding of yourself. Engaging in therapy can help you reconnect with a sense of aliveness, contentment and find more creative ways of participating in the world. I offer both short-term work (up to 12 sessions) with specifically agreed goals as well as long-term (open-ended) for those who would like an in-depth exploration of their problems and a more stable change in their sense of self.
• UKCP eligible and BACP Registered Psychotherapist
• Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, RSPP, Regent’s University London
• MA in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling, School of Psychotherapy & Counselling, RSPP, Regent’s University London
• Exploring Psychology, Open University, Milton Keynes
• Certificate in Integrative Counselling, SPCP, Regent’s University London
• Certificate in coaching and mentoring skills, KPMG London
I work from a holistic and integrative perspective drawing on various theories and approaches to form the basis of my practice. This means that I am able to use a variety of approaches such as CBT, Mindfulness and Creative Therapies, to suit my client’s individual needs. I provide a confidential, empathic and non-judgemental space for clients to be able to share freely.
I am able to offer both short-term and long-term therapy.
I have over 6 years’ experience working with both adults and children in a variety of settings. This includes primary schools, charities for young people, as well as various agencies for adults.
Issues I work with are inclusive of but not limited to:
• Anger management
• Pregnancy and birth
• Relationship problems
Qualifications / CPD
• Psychology MSc (Conversion) / University of Northampton
• Theology and Counselling BA (Hons) / London School of Theology
• Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children / Place2Be
I have completed several CPD training such as:
• Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)
• Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
• Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
• Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
• Practitioner Member of Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN).
and studied at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. It was here where I completed an Advanced Diploma in the therapeutic and Educational application of the arts, a certificate in counselling skills working with creative arts and am currently doing a Diploma in counseling teenagers. I am a very empathic person who approaches young people with an open mind, no judgment and offers safe place for them to be themselves.
My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic, humanistic and person-centred, based on the secure attachment and relationship with the therapist. My work is influenced by Jung, Rogers, Bartenieff and Chase. I am trained for Kestenberg movement profiling. My experiences working with clients are from many diverse settings. I can help with anxiety, bereavement, low self-esteem, dissociation, health related issues as my work is related with the body and the body memories.
We will work creatively and embodied methods can be used if needed to help to uncover, recover and discover the issues more deeply if there are no more words to describe to express how you feel. Please wear comfortable clothing for potential movement during the session.
Alice – Counsellor in Training
I am currently undertaking my student placement and am in the final stages of Integrative Counselling Training. I believe that through creative exploration in a warm, compassionate and trusting therapeutic environment you can make the changes you wish to see in your life. My background in theatrical costume and my previous design career means I might bring in creative opportunities to help you express yourself and explore personal issues. I listen and understand you - free from judgement - so we can discover any concerns you have and support any changes you might choose to make. I won’t give advice or provide solutions because you will be trusted to find them yourself as we work together.
I can work with both young people over 13 years or adults.
I am a Student Member of the BACP.