Senior Therapists

Fiona McAlister

Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, CPPD Counselling School

Diploma in Trauma Therapy, Naos

Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” *

Pema Chödrön (Buddhist Monk)

Sometimes it seems that we are stuck in past pain, loss and trauma that we feel unable to tolerate or to understand, yet are also unable to release. We have unanswered questions, painful and confusing thoughts that run on loops through our mind, and hurt deep within our body that won’t heal.

Does this sound familiar to you? Maybe your mind and body are trying to teach you something you need to know yet, without the proper space or time, it’s been difficult to listen fully. And so, as in Pema Chödrön’s quote above, the teaching is still deep within your body and subconscious mind. Therapy with Fiona provides a safe and supportive space for you to begin to release that innate yet hidden knowledge, understanding not just the thoughts in your head, but also the lessons of the body, allowing you to learn from and then release past loss and trauma.


How I work and my areas of specialism

Hello, I’m Fiona, an integrative psychotherapist.

For me, at the heart of this therapeutic process lies the relationship between therapist and client.  The potential for this healing and change resides in having our stories really heard and understood by someone who cares enough to listen deeply and then help us navigate through the meaning of our story safely.  With your consent, I will walk alongside you as we both talk together and bring your awareness to the energy of past loss and trauma caught in your body, as I aim to guide you through a process of exploration, expression and understanding.  In doing so, we might look together at the impact of past relationships and events on you and your relationships, your current behaviours and thought patterns, your sense of self and purpose, how your body may be holding unexpressed trauma and loss.

I work with young people and adults across a range of areas. My specialisms are working in-depth with survivors of child sexual abuse, adults coping with the impact of parental neglect and dysfunctional families, and people struggling to understand the impact of their trauma on the dynamics of their relationships. I am also interested in exploring the feminine and masculine; how women and men connect to and express their identities through the different stages of their lives.

Additionally, I work with the following areas:

  • Anxiety and fears
  • Bereavement, loss and grief
  • Emotional abuse
  • Family dynamics
  • The feminine – young women, pregnant women and mothers, middles years and the menopause
  • Integration from psychedelic experiences
  • Low self-esteem and negative self-beliefs
  • The masculine and the expression of maleness
  • Parenting issues
  • Relationship dynamics, breakdown and divorce
  • Search for life’s purpose / meaning
  • Self-harm
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Trauma (episodic and developmental)
  • Work related issues (including coaching)

A little about me

I have worked as therapist for a variety of organisations including the East London Mental Health Support Service and One in Four, a charity providing services to survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. Before training to be a psychotherapist, I worked for many years in the social care and voluntary sector.  The people that I’ve supported have been many and varied: young people from trauma-filled backgrounds, older people nearing the end of life, adults with mental health issues, people living with HIV and AIDS.  I bring all that I have been honoured to learn from those people into my therapy room, always aiming to use my insights for the benefit of the client.

Contracts and cancellation policy

Following your consultation, if you decide to work with me, we will agree a contract through which I guarantee your confidentiality.  I work open-ended (short or long-term), and during our first sessions we will discuss the length of therapy that would suit you and identify the areas you wish to work on, though will continue to review this in partnership throughout our time together.

We will normally meet weekly, for 50 minutes, at the same time each week.  If you are unable to attend a scheduled session, I take cancellations up to 48 hours’ notice, though a £10 cancellation fee is charged to cover the Koan Practice admin fee; for cancellations within 48 hours, the full fee will still be charged.

Contact us for enquires