Counselling and pastoral accompaniment for Catholic clergy

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Contact Alison Paris

Tel: 0121 478 2662

Mobile: 079-716-63108

Postcode: B29 4RB

Alison Paris

I am qualified as a social worker,( MSoc Science/CQSW University of Birmingham) teaching in a university setting,  and more recently(2014) as a counsellor( PG Diploma/MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy,Salford University). I also have qualifications in Life Coaching and Dramatherapy. I have completed the British ( Person -Centred) Focussing Association Practitioner Certificate. I am also an occasional tutor with the Foundation  Degree in Person Centred counselling at the University of Warwick.

I am Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP), and a registered Social Worker -Social Work England (previously HCPC)

I work specifically as a person-centred counsellor, and offer an approach reflecting a warm  and safely professional  relationship,  within which  all that those who offer me the privilege of listening with them, bring, is prized.   Within this relationship, I hope to open the door to  working together at depth , guided by the client’s own pace. I  trust in people’ own internal resources and seek to support clients in exploring their own directions, perceptions and solutions.I do not  come from a place of having expertise,  rather believing that each person is the expert on their self and their life. I am committed to seeking to fully acknowledge  each person’s cultural and structural diversity of experience, and of power ,  in the work we do together.

I also seek to offer a space for clients to explore their own spirituality, however that might be expressed, and how it might support and resource them.

Within my spiritual accompaniment/direction practice, I seek to journey alongside the person seeking accompaniment, reflecting their particular approach to their faith. I might offer signposts or possible directions for us to explore,  and  offer information  and practical experience of a specific approach –  and it is through this process that  I seek to offer ‘direction’,rather than from any sense of expert knowledge. I have an interest in, and my own spiritual practice is grounded on , contemplative practice and Christian Meditation.I have experience with Ignatian spirituality, but also a keen interest in Mystics, both past and present, and their contribution to the understanding of compassionate faith.

I offer an interest in  creative written expression – metaphor, poetry and narrative –  within both counselling and spiritual accompaniment, and have facilitated retreats  in which we explore poetry , prayer and  support – the connections –  at times of transition and stress.