ALISON WATERS PSYCHOTHERAPY
Your Wellbeing Is in Good Hands
“Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, poet and novelist (1826-1887)
WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
The very heart of psychotherapy is a caring, deeply human meeting between two people, one more troubled than the other. Therapists have a dual role: they must both observe and participate in the lives of their patient’. Yalom, I., Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy. 1989.
Psychotherapy helps us to make sense of what is happening to us through a relationship with a therapist.
We often repeat patterns from the past in our current relationships and lives. We can look at what is happening in the here and now to tell us about the past and what may be unresolved.
Psychotherapy helps us to look at what is unresolved within us, to become aware of it, understand it, integrate it and decide whether old patterns of relating are still useful to us in the present day. It helps us to know ourselves and become more authentically ourselves and this can bring a feeling of peace.
It is important to me that I work in a neurodiversity affirming way. This means that I view neurodiversity such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, brain injuries, Complex PTSD, etc as another neurotype and not any 'less than' or worse than being neurotypical. I aim to support clients to develop or further an understanding of their own needs in the world and how they might best get these needs met.
WHAT CAN I HELP WITH?
Individual psychotherapy for adults
I can support you with a range of issues, for example:
Bereavement and loss
Personal or self development
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?
When you get in touch with me we will arrange a time to have a short (15 minute) telephone conversation to introduce ourselves to each other and break the ice. I can answer any questions you have about the way I work. Then if you decide to go ahead, we can plan an initial session.
In the initial session I will explain my contract to you and how I keep information about you secure and I can answer any questions you have. Then I will ask you some questions so I can begin to learn about you and what brings you to therapy. The initial session is usually 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs £45.
We will agree a regular day and time to meet (accommodations can be made, if for example, you work shifts), and meet every week after that. The sessions will be 50 minutes long and cost £40.
WHERE DO WE MEET?
My office is a calm, quiet space in Sowerby Bridge, just off Tuel Lane. There is parking in front of my building.
I am a UKCP trainee psychotherapist. This means that I am a member of the UK Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) and abide by the UKCP Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. This includes strict requirements for confidentiality which we will discuss when we first meet. We can come back to it any time if you have any questions.
I am undertaking a post graduate training course to become a fully qualified psychotherapist. I am part way through my training.
I am compassionate and empathic and non-judgemental. I hold deep respect for my clients and care about their wellbeing.
I love to use creative methods within the talking therapy to bring further awareness to clients. This includes a variety of methods we can explore if and when you want to.