Life is never easy or straightforward and in this stressful and pressured world it often throws challenges at us. Frequently we overcome them but difficulties sometimes arise that leave us struggling to cope, confused and alone and not knowing which way to turn.
If you are in one of those situations then help is at hand. All you need is a friendly face, someone who will listen and be non-judgemental and who is there to support you.
I am a qualified integrative Psychotherapist with a BA (Hons) degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am an accredited member of the BACP. I have over five years of experience working with individual clients on both a long and short-term basis with face to face and telephone counselling through Employee Assistance Programmes and in private practice in the fields of emotional issues/sexual abuse/trauma/violence/homelessness and addiction.
My areas of expertise include: Anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, depression, relationship difficulties, anger management, addiction, trauma, sexual violence and abuse, bereavement, suicide prevention, crisis intervention and sexuality/gender issues.
I have extensive knowledge and expertise in providing therapies including: Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused and Gestalt, but I mainly work from a humanistic and person-centred orientation.
I believe that the key to successful counselling is building a trusting, open and honest relationship between the two of us. I provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which you can explore your issues, past or present and together we can work to find ways of making changes by looking at available options and resources.
Everyone is unique and so I tailor my approach to meet your individual needs. I work from a non-directive approach and never rush you. I allow you to lead in your own time, emphasising my belief in you that you have the ability to find your own solutions and direction. My non-judgmental attitude, active listening and reflection skills help increase your feelings of self-worth and encourage you to learn to trust in yourself, which promotes growth and change. I employ empathy as a way of showing you that I appreciate your struggles, but never confess to understanding or knowing how you feel, because every one of you has experiences exclusive and personal to you. I believe that everyone is equal and my work ethic reflects this by treating you with respect, value and acceptance,
It takes strength and courage to ask for help so why not call me today for an appointment. My name is Alexia.
During your first visit, we will look at what has brought you to counselling, what you are hoping to achieve and whether you feel my way of working will suit your needs and then agree on the best way of moving forward together.
This could be the first step towards experiencing change and an improved way of life.
Availability: 50-minute sessions on Saturday afternoons/evenings and all-day Sunday.
Fees: £40 per session (concessions available)