Alice Cook Counselling in Stroud

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is your background?

I am a UKCP registered counsellor and psychotherapist with a private psychotherapy practice since 1998, first in London and now in Stroud.

For the last 30 years I have also worked in the NHS, the voluntary sector, Higher Education and international development and have held management roles for a number of counselling services. Since moving to Stroud in 2016, my focus is personal counselling, psychotherapy and supervision.

My original study was in Literature which is now informing my work using writing in therapy. I then went on to train as a nurse and health visitor, working with families in London, with a particular interest in postnatal depression.

I worked extensively with refugees and asylum seekers seeking to make counselling and psychotherapy accessible and relevant to diverse communities. I later lived in Sri Lanka, working in mental health services and helping to train a group of women community mental health workers.

My main psychotherapy training was at the Minster Centre although I have also experience of a wide range of models such as analytical psychology and more focused ways of short term work such as Solution Focus. Developing the way I work with trauma led to my training in EMDR and then in Attachment Focused EMDR where EMDR is used in a more flexible way and focuses more on developing resources to help people feel more resilient.


What are your qualifications?

  • BA Hons English Literature
  • RGN nursing and health visitor qualification
  • MA Integrative Psychotherapy (Minster Centre)
  • Diploma in Counselling Supervision (Westminster Pastoral Foundation).
  • EMDR therapist
  • MA Creative Non Fiction (City University)


Are you accredited with a professional organisation?

I have been registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) since 2001. I subscribe to the UKCP Code of Ethics.


Are you insured?

I hold professional indemnity insurance.


What about confidentiality?

Our work together is confidential.

I aim to be fully compliant with current GPDR legislation and to let you know how I use and protect the data you give to me. I hope to offer you choice and control in the way your data is used.

In exceptional cases, (eg. if a client reveals current abuse of children or intention to cause serious physical harm to him/herself or others), counsellors have a professional and ethical duty to inform clients that they may find it necessary to take this information outside of counselling. For this reason, I may request the name and address of your General Practitioner.

My Privacy Statement and Contract gives full details and will be available at our first meeting. The email contact form on this website is not available to WebHealer staff and is not stored on its systems. The message has the same security level as normal email.

I have ongoing supervision to support me and ensure my practice is safe. When I share client material this is always done confidentially, protecting your identity.


How do the sessions work?

The first step is initial contact by phone or email. Usually a phone conversation is helpful to decide if I might be the right therapist for you. At our first meeting we will talk about why you are seeking support at this time, your background and current situation and there will be time for us to talk about the options for counselling or psychotherapy. If we agree to work together, usually we will agree a series of sessions and some initial goals.


Where do you work?

I work from a peaceful studio in my garden in Stroud. Parking is available. I am easy to reach from Nailsworth, Gloucester, Cheltenham and surrounding areas. I am a 10 minute walk from central Stroud if you are on public transport.


How about diversity?

I positively welcome people to my practice from different backgrounds, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and other sexual orientations. Having spent many years in diverse communities in London and Sri Lanka, I also welcome people from black and other ethnic minorities as well as older people and those who are differently abled. Although not a linguist, I have worked with many people for whom English is not their first language.


What about accessibility?

There are steps up to my studio. If you have mobility issues please contact me. It is sometimes possible to arrange an alternative venue in a more accessible location.


What are your fees?

I charge £50 per one hour session.


What happens if I have to cancel an appointment?

If you are unable to make an appointment for any reason please inform me in good time and I will make every effort to reschedule within the same week.

An appointment missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, and/or if you have not called to find an alternative space will be charged in full.


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