Hi, my name is Alison sometimes I am called Ali or even Al.
I started my career off in social housing working in a London borough many years ago. I had a career break for a few years and then went back to working in housing for a large housing association which led to various roles within the organisation.
Using the transferable skills that I had learnt from my time of working within this sector, along with life and family situations changing. Led onto working with many varied types of jobs, until I became involved within the health sector working for the GP out of hours.
On the death of my parents, I realised that I wanted to know myself better and embarked on a learning journey which started with the question "why am I different from my siblings?"
I wanted to know who I was and why I reacted to things differently to others or what might have seemed differently. Although, I hasten to add this may not have been fully answered. I have become aware of my own emotions which helped me to become a more compassionate person to myself and I hope to others.
"The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others" (Erik Erikson).
As an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I endeavour to create a trusting stable relationship which offers clients a secure and safe space to explore their world in a non-judgmental way.
The word Achla is a family name, it is also a Hindu girls name meaning earth, constant and stable. I decided to name the counselling practice Achla Counselling as I believe that the Earth is representative of all humankind. The therapeutic relationship can offer a stable and constant environment that can help provide the therapeutic change that is being sought.
I have experience working within a youth organisation with mainly young people aged 11-25. I also have worked as a school counsellor at a couple of secondary schools within Bracknell Forest. Parents, teachers and support staff were also able to access the services available, which means I have experience of working with diverse and different age groups.
Working with young people means that I have a full enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
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"The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it."