about
integro

what we do

Alison Chadwick

Helen Cain​

What we do

‘integro counselling’ unfurled organically, in nature, as we walked and talked and realised how closely our values align. The synchronicity of meandering side by side and connecting in a way that grew as we ourselves developed was powerful, all whilst surrounded by our much-loved Suffolk woodlands. Finally, we stood and shook hands, pledging to create a counselling practice together that stands for everything we believe in: honesty, mutual respect and relationship. In a time before coronavirus prevented touch and physically separated us all from one another.

Taking our friendship and shared learning from different perspectives, we have embraced new technology and incorporated online and telephone counselling into our counselling practice. We have discovered new and creative ways of working, enabling us to connect creatively with you in a way that was unimaginable at the beginning of our journey.

The word integro is Italian and means wholeness, to make complete, the truth. To us, this represents everything we strive for. Our logo takes the form of a shell which is drawn with the scallop at Aldeburgh in mind. The sculpture bears the words, “I hear those voices that will not be drowned”. Though we are also aware that to you, our logo may represent something very different, which in essence is the point. We may well share an experience, but what we make of it will always be entirely personal. We were clients long before we were therapists and continue to honour the power of fresh awareness.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see”

Henry David Thoreau

Alison Chadwick

Alison Chadwick BA (Hons) Counselling (Integrative) MBACP

A psychotherapeutic counsellor qualified to work with adults, both in person and online. Registered member of the BACP [384561].

Hello there, and a warm welcome to you and whatever is bringing you to this page. I understand how taking the brave first steps in counselling can feel really hard. Before going any further, you may be curious  to know a little about me. I am flawed, perhaps we all are when we look closely. I have spent time trying to work out what interpersonal relationships are about and what causes human distress, which led my pathway into training to become a counsellor.

My origins are in Yorkshire and I have spent many years in Norfolk and Suffolk. My favourite pastime is being outdoors, my walking boots are never far from me, a beautiful landscape feels like free art to me. I am married and spending time with my blended family is important. I enjoy painting, dancing, old buildings, and sometimes simply relaxing.

How I
Work

The fundamental aim of my practice is to offer you reliable kindness, with honesty and unwavering acceptance, I learnt from my own pathway thorough therapy that only if you feel safe within a supportive, confidential relational experience can you begin to trust and express what is concerning you. My counselling approach places the therapeutic relationship at the heart of our work together, this is where the valuable potential for growth in self-awareness is fostered.

You may be struggling with a specific thought, memory, or situation, we can look at this together. I believe we can all sometimes get a little caught not knowing who we truly are, we may still be influenced by the relationships we experienced, these may have been complex and affect how we attach and interact with others throughout life. This can leave us feeling lost in confusing patterns of self-protection or overwhelmed by distressing emotions, which can prevent us from establishing what we truly feel and finding our authentic way of being.

So, come and see if you would like to consider telling me your story. Along your journey I will aim to match your rhythm at a respectful pace which I hope feels comfortable to you, with genuine compassion and the steadfast courage to hold the depth of your inner-most, vulnerable thoughts, needs and painful feelings. A place where you may grow stronger from what challenges you, and heal through real empathic connection to find refreshed, hopeful solutions and new confidence in relationships with others.

Experience & Qualifications

Range of experience gained from 3 counselling provisions:

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Chronic Fatigue, Co-dependency, Debt, Depression, Difficult Relationships, Fear, Illness, Loss, Menopause, Parenthood, Retirement, Self-Confidence, Self-Harm, Sensory issues, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Unfulfillment.

Before training to become a counsellor my working roles involved Customer Service Co-Ordination, Behavioural, Learning, Inclusion and Transition support in Educational and Healthcare settings.

Qualifications:

BA (Hons) Counselling (Integrative) 1st Class: 2020 University of Suffolk – Bury St Edmunds

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling: 2020 Counselling Tutor

HE Certificate in Counselling and Interpersonal Skills: 2010 Leeds Metropolitan University – Harrogate

Awareness in Bereavement Counselling: 2009 – CRUSE

Helen Cain

Helen Cain BA (Hons)
Integrative Counselling, MBACP

A psychotherapeutic counsellor qualified to work with adults, both in person and online. Registered member of the BACP [384564].

Welcome to my page and thank you for being curious about the possibility of our working together. Reaching out for help takes enormous courage. I know.

My name is Helen, I am married and live in a quiet Suffolk village with my husband and teenage sons. A life shaping diagnosis brought me to therapy and to a career as a counsellor. Being in nature has always been my greatest source of peace and remains one of the cornerstones to my wellbeing. I grew up amongst the fruit orchards of Kent and still love nothing more than walking or running freely outdoors.

How I
Work

I bring a gentle calmness to my practice, believing wholeheartedly that you know best, though perhaps you may feel lost right now. I do not have all the answers and I will make mistakes, but I will be honest with you and have developed the strength to stay firmly by your side as we navigate our way through together. I offer you a safe space in which to explore your concerns or difficulties, without judgement. This is the soul of my work: my belief in the transformative, healing potential of the alliance between therapist and client, developed gradually, over a time that feels right to you.

I hold a holistic view of our being, respecting equally the power of the mind and body to communicate our needs. As well as being a counsellor, I am a trained ‘Human Toolbox’ coach practitioner. I have a specialist interest in the needs of individuals and their families affected by sensory impairment and loss and offer informed experience in this area, having also worked supporting children and young people within educational settings.

My therapeutic approach focuses on our relationships with self and others and explores ways of adjusting to living a changed, more fulfilling life. I know something of what it is to feel broken, alone with our pain, and separate from a world that seems to exist from a distance. I am a human being, just like you and welcome the opportunity to explore whether working together might ‘fit’.

Experience & Qualifications

My work to date has been in addiction recovery, bereavement and loss support and general practice. Gaining experience of:
Abortion, Abuse, Addiction, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement & loss, Chronic pain, Depression, Disability, Infertility, Menopause, Miscarriage, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Panic attacks, Redundancy, Relationships, Self-esteem, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues.
Qualifications:

1st Class BA (Hons):
Counselling (Integrative)

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

Access to HE Diploma in Counselling

Human Toolbox Practitioner Certificate

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