Dr Erin Alford
LGBTQIA+, working cross-culturally, self-esteem, working with young people
Person Centred Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Integrative Approach
About Dr Erin Alford
Dr Erin Alford’s way of working is integrative. Integration involves incorporating various therapeutic approaches into therapeutic work together. Erin values the subjectivity and diversity of all experiences and believes that one approach to therapy does not meet the needs of everyone.
In working this way, Erin is guided by the theory and values of person-centred therapy (PCT) and integrates other approaches, namely cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and schema therapy. In her practice, Erin remains rooted in person-centred therapy and values the core conditions of empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard. Erin will also use experiential techniques to facilitate the process of accessing and understanding your emotions as she believes this is key to overcoming our difficulties.
With Erin, you will begin therapy by using the first few sessions to explore your reasons for seeking therapy and to allow her to get to know you. For Erin, the therapeutic relationship is essential in achieving desired therapeutic outcomes therefore, she aims to develop this relationship first and foremost. Erin likes to work in a flexible and nuanced way to ensure that your needs are met. You will work collaboratively to identify your needs and she will continuously check in with you to allow you to adapt or change the way of working if necessary. Erin can also provide both in-person and online sessions.
Erin has experience working with a range of difficulties including but not limited to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, sexuality, gender identity, discrimination, trauma, relationship difficulties, life transitions and neurodiversity, both in the third and in the private sectors. She has also worked in a college supporting students and in a trauma focussed charity.
Finally, Erin is committed to anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice; therefore, she is continuously engaging with research, training, and self-reflection to ensure she provides a safe and affirmative space for her clients. Erin really values difference and diversity and will aim to work with you to understand your similarities or differences without making assumptions.
Training, Qualifications & Experience
Erin has a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (D Psych) from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Erin is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
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