About Me - Alaric Everett
I am a BACP-accredited Integrative Therapist offering counselling and psychotherapy. I have many years experience of working in the NHS and also the voluntary sector for various different not-for-profit organisations. The BACP is the principal professional body for psychotherapy, counselling & talking therapies in the UK. The BACP ensures all accredited members are appropriately qualified and provides a strict code of ethics and complaints procedure meaning that the highest standards of professional practice and competence are maintained. To gain full professional accredited membership requires the completion of a minimum amount of closely supervised post-qualification experience and submission of a successful detailed portfolio for assessment to the BACP accreditation committee. As such I work to and have as a major reference point the BACP 'Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy' which you can access here. I am also registered and listed on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP). The UKRCP is a BACP audited register of counsellors and psychotherapists who are accredited and qualified to practise as independent practitioners in private practice.
I participate in regular supervision and professional development to ensure that the services I offer continue to be well informed and based in sincerity, integrity & respect. It takes courage to change and you can expect from me that I will do my utmost to assist you in what can be, at times, a difficult process. Working in an Integrative way is about finding out what is right for you and using a blend of the the three main schools of psychotherapy, all of which I am trained in. It is about finding a language of exploration and understanding, as well as a pace and rhythm, that suits you. Different people learn and express themselves in different ways and it is a key value of mine to try and tailor the way we do the therapeutic work so that it is of maximum benefit to you. Ultimately, you know best about your own life, it is just that sometimes help is needed for this to become clear. This sense of knowing about what is right or appropriate for oneself is our most valuable resource – it is that which ultimately leads to the untangling and resolution of the knots we find ourselves in.
I offer both shorter and longer term counselling. Sometimes people just need a few sessions to mull over a complex decision and having someone trained in the art of listening, who is willing to try and see things as they see them, can help the situation to become clear. At the other end of the spectrum I have seen clients for longer periods, often for a year and sometimes over several, to help them to work through and explore in detail habits and attitudes that have been in place since early childhood and have caused destructive behaviour and much unhappiness for them. As I practise it, therapy is primarily about creating a robust, safe and caring but gently challenging alliance between client and therapist where exploration and change can then occur. My theoretical background is one which points to the growing body of evidence suggesting that it is the nature of the client-therapist relationship which is the best indicator of whether growth and well-being will result.