Ali Bushell

Ali Bushell


Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - London

London E1
Sessions from £60.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available

Availability

Currently I do not have any free slots for new clients. If you would like to work with me in the future please let me know and I can add you to my waiting list and I will inform you when a slot for a new client becomes available.

My current practice hours are Monday to Thursday 2pm to 8pm.

About me and my therapy practice

Deciding whether you can work with someone in what can be an intimate and vulnerable relationship like that of the client / therapist is something that needs to be considered and must feel right to you. Having had eight years of therapy myself with several counsellors and psychotherapists I definitely appreciate being apprehensive of contacting someone for the first time, and wanting someone to help me soon. I know what it’s like to be in your shoes. 

So what can I say to help put you at ease? What kind of person am I? The easiest way to describe it would be to simply say that I’m a good listener - people feel like they can talk to me, but also that they want to. I’m non-judgemental, curious and interested to know what is happening for my clients and I don’t look to place labels on them or pathologise their behaviour. I’m highly able to understand and connect with the emotions of others, I’m open and transparent in my approach but also able to be analytical about what is happening too.

I also think it’s important for clients to have a space where they can simply be, to express their fears or other feelings they don’t believe can be shown elsewhere. Sometimes people just need to be able to take off whatever mask they feel they need to wear in the world so that they can be seen, accepted and understood. I do my best to make my clients feel comfortable so that when they are challenged it feels like someone trying to help them, not like they are being criticised, judged or attacked.

Practice description

February 2021 - under BACP guidance I am able to work online or face to face in my home that has COVID safety measures in place.

I work entirely independently and so am able to offer therapy that is tailored to you according to your needs.

Fees are structured as followed:

First session - £20 / hour

Follow up sessions for individuals / couples / poly groups - £70 / hour

Discounted daytime rate (2pm to 5pm) £60 / hour

Students - £35 / hour (only valid with an NUS card, my student slots are currently full - please ask to be added to my waiting list if you are interested in one)

My first session

The first session - whether virtual or face to face - is your opportunity to get to know what I'm like to talk to and to see if you think I can help and as such is at a discounted rate of £20, because you really don't know until you meet me.

I don't use any diagnostic tools or questionnaires, the meeting is simply a conversation for you to tell me what's happening for you. I operate in an open and transparent way and you are welcome to ask questions about how I work or whether I have relevant experience to your situation and I will do my best to tell you what you need to know (bearing in mind necessary boundaries around therapist information).  When you set up the first session I'll also send you my client contract and privacy notice so you'll have all the information about how I work as a therapist. This also explains how my service is governed (the terms and conditions of the therapist/client service) so everything is clear. It should answer any questions you may have but if not you're free to ask or explore this more in the session.

Towards the end of the session I'll ask how you found the conversation and whether you'd like to book more sessions with me? You don't have to decide then and there, if you're not sure or if you're in the process of trying out other therapists that's no problem - it's up to you whether you want to see me and I won't try to persuade you. If you say yes we can work out a time to have the next session and I can book it in for you. Otherwise I will ask you to get in touch if you would like to see me again, but again the choice is yours.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Men's issues, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, Groups, Older adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited