Introducing the lead counsellor at Ava Counselling & Psychotherapy,
Nina Saunders BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Why I went into counselling & set up AvA.
I began my counselling journey as a client many years ago. I found the experience so rewarding that it inspired me to become a therapist myself. Having first qualified with a BA (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy I have had extensive further training and experience in a number of areas including; bereavement, alcohol and drug misuse, survivors of childhood abuse and sexual violence, creative approaches and the ‘Reach’ approach. I hold a professional qualification in the therapeutic use of mindfulness. I am an accredited member of the BACP and am on the Accredited Register. Having worked for a number of years in the voluntary sector I set up AvA Counselling and Psychotherapy to provide therapy to a wider client base with the ethos I have outlined below.
Ethos & Cost
We at AvA aim to empower individuals to live lives that are happy and fulfilling. We obviously incur costs in providing our services, however, we do what we can to minimise these so as to accommodate as many of those as possible who wish to make the commitment to the process.
We therefore operate a flexible rate system that is based on covering costs and conscience, clients determining their own rate of between £35 and £70 a session. Our experience has shown people respect this approach and therefore do not seek to exploit it. To avoid any discomfort this can be discussed before an initial meeting.
In line with our ethos we ask that as much notice is given when there is the need to cancel a session so as not to unnecessarily deny an opportunity to someone else.
Our therapists are qualified to degree level, are members of the largest Professional Body of Counsellors and Therapists the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Our therapists are also on the BACP Accredited Register. To view click on the weblink www.bacpregister.org.uk
As BACP members we are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy to view click on the weblink www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework
For more information about The Reach Approach, of which AvA is an associate, click on the weblink www.thereachapproach.co.uk