Alan Cox
Counselling in Hartlepool


Member Organisation(s): BACP Registered member


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About Alan Cox
Hello and welcome to my site. I hope the information that follows will be of assistance in deciding how I can help you. You have taken the first step by actually looking for a Counsellor, so give yourself credit for that. The next step is deciding who you would like to see and then making contact. This may feel like quite a task, however I hope the information that follows will help you to make that decision. You have come to this site for a reason, so don’t give up now.
You may have reached a point in your life when you feel that you need to ask for help to assist you in trying to deal with an issue, or in trying to understand it, or in coming to terms with it. It could be some kind of loss which includes many events in our life, (eg divorce/separation, loss of job, children leaving home, loss of health or mobility etc) and not just bereavement. There may be an issue in your life which is causing you distress or anxiety, or it may be that you may not be feeling right about something and you are unable to pinpoint the reason why. In a welcoming, secure and confidential environment, without being judgemental, I can help you explore those issues and feelings. We are however all unique and our experiences are unique as well, so there is no one size fits all. By really listening empathetically to what you are saying and reflecting back to you what I am hearing and feeling, we can work together in overcoming or coming to terms with the issues.

Counselling is not about telling you what to do, that is for you to decide within the Counselling environment, it is really about helping you to help yourself. I will draw on different models of therapy to help you.

I like to approach your situation by not just looking at your presenting issue, but importantly look at the causes and what are the factors that are feeding into it, thereby prolonging your situation and causing your continued distress.

For myself, I have experienced therapy before, so I do know what it feels like to sit in the opposite chair, and most importantly, the benefits of Counselling. I have a wide experience of many of life’s issues such as divorce, bereavement, redundancy, unemployment, retirement, moving to another part of the country, step families, disputes and arbitration, plus many other issues. In previous occupations, I have also experienced over many years how much the workplace has changed, how the demands on people have increased substantially with ever decreasing resources and the toll that this takes on employees, including management.

I have been counselling since 2008. This was firstly in the voluntary charity sector before setting up my own private practice. Please view the sections dealing with my qualifications, charges, where I mostly practice and the services I offer.
My training, work experience and any achievement
My qualifications are a BA (Hons) in Counselling and a Foundation Degree in Counselling. I am a Registered full member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I am a qualified Supervisor and offer this service to Counsellors and Students.

I have also completed several other Counselling training courses to add to my experience, For several years, I have been a volunteer Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care, and I was also a Counsellor with Tees Valley Counselling Trust until it had to close last year.

As well as my own practice, which is called Help & Listening Counselling, I provide post accident Counselling to car crash victims on behalf of a rehabilitation services company and Counselling for Teachers through an Employee Assistance Scheme. I am an authorised suppler of Counselling to ITV for participants of reality TV. I also have worked directly with employers and an Occupation Therapist.
Concerns & issues I deal with
Abuse, Addictions, Adolescence, Adoption, Affairs, Alcohol Dependence, Anger Management, Anorexia Nervosa, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Bereavement, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Bulimia Nervosa, Career Counselling, Compulsive Behaviour, Concentration Problems, Couple Relationships, Debt, Depression, Disaster, Divorce, Drug Abuse, Family Problems, Fear, Gambling, Gender Identity Disorders, Grief, Impotency, Inertia, Infertility, Internet Addiction, Leadership, Low Self Confidence, Low Self Esteem, Managerial Consultancy, Marriage (Marital Relations), Meaningless, Mens Issues, Midlife Crisis, Negative Thoughts, Obsessions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder, Pathological Gambling, Perfectionism, Performance Management, Personal Growth, Personal Relationships, Pet Bereavement, Phobias, Race, Redundancy, Relationship Problems, Repetitive Negative Patterns, Sadness, Same Sex Relationships, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self Determination, Self Development, Self Harm, Separation, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Shame, Shyness, Sleep Disorders, Smoking Addiction, Social Phobia, Stress, Stress Management, Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma, Unresolved Issues, Work Stress,
Age groups I work with
Further Information
In addition to face to face Counselling, which costs £35 for an hour’s session, I can also offer a counselling service by telephone, Skype and also by email. On-line and telephone counselling fees are £23 for the Initial Consultation, and thereafter £28 for each following session. Payment for these services is via Paypal and in advance for each session.
SUPERVISION. I am a qualified Counselling Supervisor and can offer this service to Counsellors and Students. Please contact me for details of my charges.

Students undertaking a Counselling Course which requires, or benefits from personal therapy, can benefit from reduced fees for regular sessions.

In order to keep my charges down, I ask that you pay for each session on the day. Also I do not take Credit or Debit cards.


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