About Me

I am a qualified Counsellor / Therapist currently working online via Zoom or phone with clients throughout the UK. I offer long and short-term individual counselling and therapy to adults aged 17 and above.


I offer a free initial 20 minute consultation via Zoom or phone on a no obligation basis.


I have experience of working with a wide range of therapy issues such as depression, bereavement, stress, anxiety, relationship difficulties, panic attacks, trauma, sexual abuse, sexuality and many more.


I am passionate about my counselling work and offer you a confidential, safe, empathic therapeutic relationship where you can develop trust to work with what is causing you difficulty in living.


I am an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and adhere it's ethical code and supervision requirements as well as being subject to its complaints procedure. BACP complaints contact details can be found here.

I am based in Diss, on the South Norfolk/Suffolk border and can work online with clients in the Norwich, Attleborough, Thetford, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich areas as well as anywhere in the UK.

Alison Rimell BACP Counsellor

What type of counselling do I offer and how can it help you?

My approach is person centred which means that I will value your experience and use that as a basis for all our work.

I will do this by listening very carefully to you with respect and without judgement.

Generally we will be talking, paying attention to the body, emotions and thoughts. Sometimes drawing, using representational objects, mapping lifelines and families can assist with getting in touch with inner feelings.

I am happy to work flexibly in an integrated way to support your needs. Each person is individual and your experience of counselling will be unique to you. However, here are some general outcomes that most clients experience:

  • Getting to know yourself in new way- perhaps by gaining some acceptance of things that have been difficult for you.

  • Becoming more self-aware.

  • Being able to trust your internal experience of yourself and feel more confident to use that as a guide in relationships and the outer world.

  • Feeling both more positive and less overwhelmed by negatives.

  • Being able to make decisions that support you.

  • Experiencing being accepted unconditionally.

What are the issues that people go to counselling with?

Sometimes, we don’t quite know what the issue is. It could be a sense of a number of rather undefined feelings and experiences.

It is OK to come to counselling without quite knowing. Alternatively, you might have a very clear idea of what is troubling you.

Below is a list of general issues that people come to counselling with. This list is not comprehensive.

Please feel free to contact me if you are unsure whether what you want to come with is suitable.

  • Anxiety or fear
  • Issues or difficulties from your past
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress related problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Affairs/betrayal
  • Emotional or physical pain
  • Depression/feelings of worthlessness
  • Low self-esteem/lack of confidence
  • Self-loathing
  • Feeling lost or confused
  • Midlife crisis
  • Trauma
  • Loss/bereavement
  • Post-natal depression
  • Termination
  • Divorce/separation
  • Infidelity
  • Domestic violence
  • Anger management
  • Sexuality
  • Emotional or physical abuse
  • Guilt/shame

What to expect in your first session

First sessions are the first step in getting to know each other. We will go at the pace that works for you and there are no specific rules for this. Everyone is different and what you want to work with in the sessions will emerge through our conversations.

We will have found a mutual time for the hour session and I will have sent you a Zoom link in an email. You will click on your Zoom link at the beginning of the session. Specifically in the first session I will outline the contract and guidelines that I work within so that you can be clear on how things work.

I will also be supporting you to say why you are coming to counselling and what you are hoping to gain from the sessions. I will be interested to know anything you would like to say about how you want the sessions to go and perhaps the number of sessions you have in mind.

This will help me to work in the way that suits you best. Sometimes its hard to know quite what is the problem right at the start, how you want to work or how many sessions you want and that is also OK. We take the first step and go from there.

How do I get started?

All sessions will be online via Zoom or on the phone. The free version of Zoom is suitable for our sessions. It is very simple to download this free version onto any device you may have via this link.

Fee: £40 per 60 minute session.

My hours are:

Monday:

2.00pm-7.00pm

Tuesday:

8.30am-1.15pm & 4.30pm-7.00pm

Wednesday:

8.30am-5.30pm

Thursday:

8.30am-5.30pm

If you feel ready to contact me, you are most welcome to get in touch to arrange either of the 2 following options.


1. An initial 20 minute free consultation via Zoom or phone


2. A full 1 hour counselling session costing £40


1. The 20 minute consultation will give you an opportunity to ask me for information about my practice and to decide whether I feel like the right counsellor for you. You may also want to share what is bringing you to counselling.

2. The one hour counselling session is for those people who want to get started straight away with counselling. Many people feel nervous at the beginning of the first session but they also find that, once they get started it soon begins to feel easier. I will spend a small part of the first session outlining the way my private practice is set up to work for you.


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made by you for any reason within 24 hours of a booked session are charged at the full rate of £40. Cancellations or rescheduling outside 24 hours of a booked session are free.

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Training and Qualifications

As a counsellor, I believe it is essential to have ongoing training for personal and professional development.

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling.

I have taken 1 year's further training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and I attend shorter professional and personal development workshops on a regular basis.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, Strathclyde University

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory, University of Highlands and Islands

  • COSCA Counselling Supervision Certificate

  • GPTI Diploma Course in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Edinburgh Gestalt Institute Year 1 completed


  • Experience of large and small group work
  • Various short training courses and workshops exploring: Family Constellations, Psychodrama, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Attachment theory, Play therapy, Perinatal psychosis, Suicide awareness, Trauma, Internal Family Systems and an introduction to Couples counselling


  • Certified Provider of TRE ( Trauma Release Exercises). This is an autonomous body practice that is very supportive for getting in touch with what the body is holding. For more information click here.

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