Welcome to Alison Fox Counselling Services.
My name is Alison Fox and I have been a practising counsellor and psychotherapist in the UK for more than fifteen years. I am committed to offering counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I am fully insured & an accredited member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy BACP Register 146283 & BACP Membership 554716.
My experience started with working as a counsellor for individuals who had survived crime specifically rape/sexual abuse and I have gone on to work in various agencies with issues such as bereavement, addictions, domestic abuse, and HIV/AIDS.
I currently work with individuals, couples and groups over the age of 18. I have experience working with issues such as anxiety, bullying/harassment, chronic health conditions, depression, family therapy, infertility, lack of self-esteem/confidence, marriage and relationship issues, stress related issues and management.
As a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) I work within their code of ethics. Key to this is being a trustworthy professional, committed to continuing my on-going professional development and on-going clinical supervision. I work using an integrative approach, where together we look at issues holistically, supporting you to explore issues that are affecting you whether physically, emotional, psychologically or spiritually.
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Qualifications and further training
- BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP 554716
- Train the trainer
- Working with Disassociation
- Mindfulness approach to working with clients therapeutically
- Skills in Mentoring
- Advanced Diploma Gestalt Therapy
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Certificate in Counselling Theory & Skills
- Certificate in working with Addictions
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy that takes place in a safe, confidential setting between a professionally qualified counsellor and a client. Clients meet with the same counsellor and sessions usually take place on the same day and at the same time each week.
Counselling is sharing your difficulties and feelings, in order to help you to find understanding of what has been happening and to enable change to take place. I am able to offer an assessment session to help you decide if counselling is appropriate for you.
Counselling is not advisory – you are a unique individual and therefore the only person in your life who can know what choices and decisions might be right for you – is you!
Clients often talk about how sessions help them to explore thoughts and feelings in a way that they are unable to with somebody close to them. Increasingly in our fast pace and technological world; clients say they feel that there is nobody available to talk to face to face and this can lead to a sense of isolation.
Where are we based?
Clinics take place in a variety of venues in Dorset including Weymouth, Wool and Dorchester along with webcam, telephone and email appointments available worldwide.
These are anonymised to protect client confidentiality
Counselling helped me go through a difficult time in my life. At the time, I was experiencing difficulties with relationships at work. Alison listened to me without judging and taught me tools to deal with the issues myself. As part of the counselling process, I learnt to deal with my insecurities and self-doubt and I learnt to be more assertive. Thanks to counselling I have dealt with the issues at work and I have even improved my relationships in all areas of my life. I would highly recommend Alison Fox she has helped me become a better person.
I have found investing in myself and a therapeutic relationship with Alison to be nourishing and enriching.
Counselling has helped me in ways I couldn’t imagine. I think everyone should have the opportunity to have counselling.
I felt very isolated, anxious and depressed following bereavement. Counselling was a very valuable experience which supported me to get through my situation.
I engaged in counselling with Alison when I was very low and most needed it- I am now living a full, active and happy life- Thank you
Alison has been a significant figure in my life and she came along at exactly the right time. I was willing to be honest and look at myself and she has been a non-judgemental and balanced person to do that with. Whilst she has never told me what to do, I welcomed and appreciated some honest feedback from her that has helped me to find my own answers. She has been consistent and supportive through a real period of transition in my life.
I have discovered what living is all about. I came to counselling because I was experiencing difficulties in my personal relationships. I was ready to really look at the underlying issues. I’m now in a healthy, wonderful relationship; I’m successful at work and feel truly happy with my relationship with myself too!
Talking is the key to the therapy process - Why is talking good for you?
- Because your feelings are important and need to be heard and acknowledged
- Because talking prevents you from feeling isolated
- Because talking helps make sense of what you are feeling and why
- Talking helps to identify problems, give insight and possible solutions
- Talking with a qualified, skilled therapist, can help to turn worries into positive concerns
What Kind of Problems Can Counselling Help With?
All Life Problems respond well to talking therapies, some specific examples are:
- Abuse –Emotional, domestic, physical, sexual
- Addictions/Obsessive behaviours – Alcohol, drugs, eating, gambling, sex, overworking and others
- Acceptance of the ageing process
- Anger management
- Anxiety – Panic Attacks, OCD, Stress, Worry, all phobias and fears
- Bereavement – Grief, miscarriage, termination, loss, end of relationships, separation, sudden endings
- Career Difficulties – Bullying/Harassment, Making choices and decisions, Workplace relationship difficulties, retirement and redundancy
- Chronic Illness – Arthritis, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS
- Depression – Sadness, loneliness, isolation
- Domestic Abuse
- Eating Disorders – Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive overeating
- Family and parenting issues
- Health / Terminal Diagnosis Support
- Isolation and Loneliness
- Low Self-Confidence, Low Self-Esteem
- Managing change and transition
- Personal development
- Relationship Problems – Couples therapy, or individual 1-2-1 therapy to resolve relationship feelings, infidelity and trust issues, Separation, Divorce, Family Breakup, Adoption and Fostering
- Sexual and sexuality difficulties
Frequently Asked Questions
Fees and concessions
Full charge is £50.00 per session. I offer an initial 20 minute telephone assessment session free of charge. After this session, there is no obligation for you to take up counselling with me. Discounted rates are also available for Trainee Counsellors and those on low income. Payments can be made by bank transfer or cash.
How many sessions?
This can vary, it is helpful to discuss in your first counselling session, experience and research have found that generally, 6 sessions is the minimum needed for effective change to take place.
Where do sessions take place?
UK appointments at various venues, along with webcam, telephone and email appointments.
Will my Doctor be contacted?
No' I am bound by BACP code of ethics and unless I have concerns of significant immediate harm to yourself or others , I will not disclose without your permission.
What will be expected of me?
There are no expectations just a hope for you to commit to yourself.
I don't know if I could talk to you?
You might find it helpful and more reassuring to call me and voice your concerns, also the first session should help you decide whether you are going to feel enabled to speak openly with me.
How do I know counselling works?
We will complete regular reviews of our work together , you will be the best judge of whether the process is achieving the results that you hope for
Make contact in confidence by email via email@example.com or telephone 07714762012 where we can arrange a mutually convenient time to speak on the telephone and decide together the way forward.
Other services offered - Mentoring, Therapy retreats and Well-being training.
I offer one to one and small group mentoring, training and support on achieving well-being and stress management for individuals and organisations that are interested in taking time to pause, reflect, learn and support themselves. This has included students, newly qualified professionals, business leaders, managers, employers and employees. Organisations I have had the privilege of working with are from a range of industries such as accountancy, agriculture, business leaders, charities and community groups, Church leaders, education, finance, public sector, health, hospitality and retail.
Mentoring is a relationship between two parties, where one (the mentor) gives the other (the client) guidance and support to achieve agreed objectives. I use my broad range of skills and experience gained throughout my career including counselling, hospitality , human resource management, sales and marketing, small business and training to help clients review their operational and future plans, and act as a sounding board. Alongside this I seek to educate, encourage and support the client to find a balance of well-being within their whole lives.
This may include teaching relaxation techniques within a Mindfulness Based Approach.
However I do not provide business advice or consultancy.
I am based in beautiful Dorset and have worked with a number of clients who have chosen to take a time of retreat in this area. Utilising the stunning Jurassic coast and surrounding areas to refresh and inspire them.
I am able to arrange bespoke therapy retreat sessions whereby clients arrange to stay in the area, planning an itinerary of leisure activities such as art classes, beauty and spa services, golf, horse riding, theatre and walking or being still alongside tailored individual counselling and/or mentoring appointments.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and pricing.
Our commitment to your privacy and data protection
Your privacy, data security and protection is very important to us, therefore we provide this information to explain the information that we may collect about you.
The information we may collect:
- Email address
- Phone number
- GP details
- Outline of issues that you bring to your sessions
The way we use information:
Alison Fox Counselling Services will use the information that we collect about you and your business for administration, research and customer services purposes and will keep it for a reasonable period of time so as to enable us to contact you about our services. We will not share this information with third parties without your explicit permission, unless on occasions where we are concerned about immediate significant harm or abuse to self or others and are required by law to make contact with safeguarding agencies.
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure data that you share with us.
It is important to note that there is no way of absolutely ensuring complete data security if you choose to make contact with us via the internet, email, telephone or webcam. By continuing to use this website you agree to Alison Fox Counselling Services holding your personal data for the above purposes. You have a right to ask for a copy of the information that we hold and to correct any inaccuracies.