ALICE LEA COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Please have a look around and get in touch if there is anything else you would like to know.
People come to therapy for many different reasons: you can't sleep, are finding it difficult to move on from a person or situation, you’re having trouble at work. Or maybe you’ve noticed a change in yourself, or some repeating patterns that you’d like to understand better. Perhaps things simply don’t feel right and you’re not sure why.
Whatever it is, I aim to create a calm and accepting space for you to explore what's going on, to be yourself and gain greater insight as to who that is. If you feel a desire for change, I work collaboratively with you to decide upon both the route and the destination. And, looking beyond therapy, I hope to help you develop a sense of assurance in your own beliefs and values, and an understanding of how to draw on your inner resources to face life's challenges.
HOW I WORK
I work with individuals; adults (ages 16 and above), of all gender identities. My approach is from an integrative model, which means that I’m trained to use elements of the main therapeutic approaches: psychodynamics, person-centred and cognitive-behavioural. People are as varied and diverse as the issues they bring, and I believe finding the right combination of skills and theories suited to you is very important.
I subscribe to the person-centred approach that if the right conditions are created a person can be, and express, themselves authentically. I believe that everyone knows what’s right for them and I see my role as helping you get to know that. It never ceases to humble me how powerful it can be to be seen, heard and understood.
As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy I adhere to the BACP ethical framework and receive regular clinical supervision from an accredited practitioner. I also attend regular training as part of my ongoing Continual Professional Development (CPD), and have recently completed courses on attachment, and providing online and telephone counselling.
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
I have a private practice and work with a broad variety of individuals, helping them with numerous presenting issues such as, relationship troubles, life transitions, self-esteem, work stress and feeling stuck. I also currently volunteer as a counsellor for Mind in Haringey, and previously I have been an honorary psychotherapist in a low-cost service.
I have worked in a number of sectors; however, visual art has always played a part. Most pertinent to where I am now, I created and led art workshops in various community classes, such as parent and baby; mental health patients; Alzheimer and dementia groups. I learned from this experience that the process is more important than the outcome of the artistic exercise, and was encouraged to see that the activities I devised provided relaxation and calm for the participants.
University of East London, Postgraduate Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited)
Tavistock Relationships, Introduction to Psychodynamic Couples Psychotherapy
City Lit London, Person-Centred Counselling Skills Level 2
University of Leeds, BA (hons) Fine Art International, incl. 1 year at Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow
You can contact me by phone or email if you would like to arrange an assessment:
The assessment will give us the chance to get to know each other and see if we’d like to work together. If so, we’ll meet on a weekly basis, at the same agreed time, for a fifty minute session. The number of sessions we have is up to you and we can discuss this as part of the assessment.
For face-to-face sessions I have a practice in Finsbury Park. I also offer sessions via Zoom.
I charge £50 per session and offer a limited number of concessional slots for those on low incomes. We can discuss the fee in our first session.
I take regular breaks and will give you as much notice as possible. Missed sessions outside agreed periods will need to be paid for so I can hold the slot for you. I will always try to rearrange where possible.
You can read my digital policy here.