Alice Cook Counselling in Stroud

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Counselling, Psychotherapy, EMDR and Therapeutic Writing in Stroud

A safe, creative space to explore what is important for you.

I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapist, Counsellor and EMDR therapist in Stroud providing counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and supervision to practitioners. I also offer therapeutic writing sessions. I work in a calm, quiet studio in Stroud, within easy reach of Nailsworth, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

My experience is gained over 20 years of working as a therapist in private practice, the NHS, voluntary sector, education and abroad. I have worked with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, disconnection, bereavement, issues of difference, post natal depression, loss and relationship difficulties. My specialisms are working with trauma in creative ways, including EMDR and therapeutic writing.

I provide a safe, confidential, ethical and non-judgemental space for you to explore what is important to you in a down to earth and accessible way. The way I work is flexible, creative and collaborative.

Counselling is a two way process, built on a partnership between two active participants. As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist I draw from several different approaches and can adapt how we work together to best suit you. Clarity is important for you to feel comfortable. We will actively discuss the model which might best meet your needs.

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Counselling and Psychotherapy

Underlying all counselling and psychotherapy is your sense of being deeply listened to and heard, whatever you want to bring and say, within a trusting relationship

From that basis of trust, an integrative approach acknowledges that everyone is different and that counselling needs to reflect this.

Together we will identify the form of therapy which you feel most comfortable with and the time frame which is going to work for you. You may have a current issue that troubles you, such as bereavement, anxiety, a relationship problem, stress or a work problem. Or it may be that you are looking to unravel long term patterns more deeply over a longer period of time. Perhaps you are affected by memories of trauma, long term depression or a pattern of difficult relationships. You may be living with a chronic illness or caring for someone vulnerable. We will discuss a strategy and agree a schedule to review progress towards your goals.

As we start to work together, different issues and questions may arise. We will focus on what is most pressing for you and which style of working feels right to you. I will give you feedback and thoughts as we progress and will encourage you to do the same, so you are in control of the process.

I offer short term counselling and longer term psychotherapy, and specialise in working with trauma, dissociation and loss using several approaches including EMDR, visualization and creative work.


Counselling and Psychotherapy

Short term positive and focused work using problem solving and creative approaches and the opportunity to explore your story within a therapeutic relationship. Energy techniques to develop and enhance a sense of strength, confidence and inner resources. Exploring personal issues and underlying patterns in longer term psychotherapy.

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Trauma and EMDR

This can mean either trauma from a recent incident or experiences in childhood and early life.

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Discover the power of journaling and writing as therapy - a liberating and creative approach to understanding yourself and your world. Therapeutic writing can relieve depression and anxiety in a simple and empowering way.

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Post Natal Depression

For over 30 years I have worked with women around issues of pregnancy, birth and parenting. My nurse, health visitor and doula training as well as my counselling and psychotherapy experience gives me an understanding of the difficulties women sometimes face as they adapt to parenthood.

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Please read on to find out more about how counselling and psychotherapy may help with issues such as depression, anxiety, post-natal depression and trauma and to learn more about the power of therapeutic writing. If you are looking for therapy in Stroud, Nailsworth, Gloucester or Cheltenham and would like to know more, then I welcome an initial phone conversation to discuss your concerns.

Contact Me

If you would like to contact me please call or leave a message on 07733 276854, or get in touch by email using my secure online contact form.

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