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Counsellors and Psychotherapists at Alternatives

We have several counsellors and psychotherapists at Alternatives, all members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, providing counselling for individuals and couples.

A brief introduction to each follows but for much more infornation about our whole counselling/psychotherapy group click here to go to our dedicated website

Barrie Hopwood is a person centred counsellor and has been qualified for more than twenty years,he has a Diploma in Counselling and is a BACP and UKRS Accredited Counsellor. Barrie is also a Metanoia trained and experienced supervisor. For much more information about Barrie please visit his own website by clicking here .

Robyn Saffer Robyn Saffer Is an experienced and BACP accredited counsellor working individually with adults and children, offering both short and long term counselling. She is also a qualified psychotherapist qualified to work with children, young people and families,

She has worked with many clients where the therapeutic relationship has empowered them to make positive and lasting changes. Her experience includes working at a Women’s Centre and the Place2Be (school counselling service in schools) as a Volunteer Counsellor.

Lynn Leftwich is an experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor, a qualified Supervisor and a counselling Tutor.
Her qualifications include BSc (Hons) in Reflective Therapeutic Practice, Diploma in Counselling, Advanced Diploma in CBT and Diploma in Supervision. She is a UKCP registered independent counsellor offering both short and long term therapy.
Lynn is a Person-Centred counsellor and supervisor, and calls upon a wide range of experience integrating other approaches (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) within her practice.
She has extensive counselling experience having worked within the NHS across various GP surgeries (including being part of an IAPT service).

Carly Coren is a qualified counsellor who is registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to the BACP’s code of ethics. She holds a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre in London.
Whatever it is that is worrying you, exploring your feelings and thoughts in a confidential place, with someone who is there to support you can be very helpful. Do consider getting in touch so that she can talk about how you might work together to help you make the changes in your life that are right for you.

She has worked with a diverse range of clients, working in an integrative way. She is mainly guided by a strong belief that the relationship between counsellor and client, is at the heart of the client’s healing process. Her aim is to help those who are looking to find a more fulfilling way to live their life.

Amma Ansah is a Brief Psychotherapist whose main practice and focus is in Mind Body Therapy. This includes Hypnotherapy if applicable. AMMA IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO AN ILLNESS IN THE FAMILY

What this means is that she will sensitively consider you as a whole being; all of your expressions, including your thoughts and emotions, are considered as vital in their influence on your wellness. She will also consider your environment and your perceptions of it as important in their effect on your well-being.

Together, with the offering of modern dynamic approaches, her aim is for you together to activate fast acting and lasting changes that bring you inner peace and desirable shifts in established patterns of suffering within your psyche.

With innovative practices and powerful techniques, you can utilize your mind-body connection to facilitate healing and restore inner balance. Each of these approaches allows you to re-identify and connect with the natural flow of well-being and harmony; thus creating a full and healthy expression and integration of your physical, emotional and spiritual selves.

Amma is am a fully qualified Hypno-Psychotherapist who has a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Social Psychology from the University of London (L.S.E.) and a Diploma in Advanced Therapeutic Hypnosis and Psychotherapy from The National School of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
She is also a member of the Cambridge Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists.Whatever you discuss is treated with the highest level of confidentiality.

For much more information about Amma please click here for a link to her page on our dedicated counselling/psychotherapy website

Counselling provides a confidential, safe and friendly environment in which to explore those issues which concern you. A time and space set aside for you each week. Non-judgemental, listening support from a professionally trained counsellor. It helps you learn more about yourself in order to explore your concerns, to talk in a confidential setting, to see how your past can interact with the present.

Counselling can help with Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement, Low self esteem, Crisis and Anger.

You can also Learn about yourself, Explore new opportunities, Find new ways forward, Come to terms with and accept the past, Develop coping strategies, Gain Strength, Face your fears, Achieve personal growth.

The first step

For Counselling in Northwood contact us to arrange an informal chat with any of the therapists or for any more information you need. All calls are strictly confidential.

The fees for the initial approx. one hour assessment session are usually from £35. This session will help to assess your needs and to look forward through further counselling or an appropriate referal to another professional if necessary.

Further one hour sessions are normally £35 -£50 depending on circumstances, time of appointment and if on own or as a couple.

Psychotherapy may be defined as any form of treatment for psychological or emotional disorders in which a trained, certified or licensed individual establishes a relationship with one or several patients for the purpose of modifying or removing existing problems or behaviours. This may be done by the use of particular techniques.

Treatment methods in psychotherapy are guided by well-developed theories about the sources of personal problems. This is the case even if the theory happens to be one that stresses the uniqueness of the patient. In most forms of psychotherapy, the problems of the individual presenting for therapy, is discussed in confidence with the therapist, who in turn utilises his or her training to understand and assist the individual to make positive and lasting changes. These changes may be made on the level of thoughts, feelings or behaviours.

Problems treated with Psychotherapy: Two of the most common problems that have presented for psychotherapy are depression and persistent anxiety. Depression may be related to feelings such as low self-esteem, an inability to view the future with much hope, and a lack of interest in people and activities, once found compelling or pleasurable. Anxiety disorders may be related to problems such as phobias, panic attacks, lack of confidence, sleeping problems and stress. People experiencing emotional traumas as a result of marital problems, family disputes, problems at work, isolation and loneliness, or disturbed social relationships, may indeed benefit from psychotherapy.

Other problems treated with psychotherapy include obsessive-compulsive disorders, alcoholism, personality disorders, drug dependence, problems stemming from child abuse, and behavioural problems such as eating disorders and juvenile delinquency.

Balance Coaching at Alternatives

Our Balance Coach is Katie Botten,an experienced personal development coach. Katie has over fifteen years experience in Human Resources and Organisational Development in a variety of organisations and now combines HR consultancy with her coaching and personal development practice.

Balance Coaching was founded on her firm belief that coaching should be an accessible and realistic option for anyone who wants more fulfilment and less stress in their life. Katie has a degree in Psychology and is a Master Practitioner of NLP and Master Practitioner of Time Line Therapy.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a collaborative, goal focused and non-judgemental process that can enable you to make easy and lasting improvements to your life.

How can coaching benefit you?

Maybe you`re facing a career crossroads, or struggling to find the right work life balance?

Perhaps you feel that you`re always focussed on taking care of everyone else and wonder how you can achieve your own goals and get more enjoyment from your life.

You may need support to prepare for an important event, such as an interview or presentation, or you may want some time to clarify what you really want from your life and how you`re going to achieve it.

By bringing more focus and clarity to your thinking and helping you to overcome anxieties and limiting beliefs, coaching can boost your confidence and self esteem. It can enable you to become the person you want to be and to get what you want from life.

By looking at different aspects of your life - from health and fitness, personal relationships and family life to health, business and career paths - coaching can also help you find workable solutions to enable the move towards a more fulfilling, harmonious lifestyle.

What`s involved?

You will work with your coach over an agreed number of one-to-one sessions to explore and understand what is important to you and how to define and achieve your goals.

You will resolve internal conflicts that have stopped you moving forward and will have the freedom to replace these with new positive beliefs.

Using techniques including outcome setting, career counselling, NLP and wheel of life, this approach ensures lasting results.

What is NLP?

Neuro Linguistic Programming is used in many areas of personal development. In summary it is a study of how successful people do what they do, and how others can adopt the same approach to their life and goals. It offers a powerful insight into how you and others operate and communicate and you can then use this learning and understanding to become more effective in achieving your goals.

What next?

If you would like to find out more about coaching and get an insight into how this approach can work for you, please call or e.mail us to arrange an initial discussion with Katie with no obligation.

When you are ready to commit to making lasting improvements to your life, a tailored coaching programme will be planned for you and the scope and investment will be agreed upfront.

For even more information on Balance Coaching Click Here to visit Katie`s own website.

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