Alison Tilley Psychotherapy, Counselling, Supervision. UKCP

Alison Tilley Psychotherapy, Counselling, Supervision. UKCP


Based At Poole Medical Centre
36 Parkstone Road
BH15 2PG

01929 421722 / 07814 537559

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Based At Poole Medical Centre
36 Parkstone Road
BH15 2PG

01929 421722 / 07814 537559

About me

Do you suffer with stress, anxiety, panic or depression? Are you struggling to cope with issues such as low self esteem, bereavement, trauma, childhood abuse or work stress? I am a widely experienced Gestalt Psychotherapist  offering Counselling, Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision and have experience of working with these and many other issues.

You can book a free half hour or reduced fee (£20) full initial session in which you can discuss the issues you may want to bring. You can then decide if you would like to book more sessions.

I can work with you on most issues including
Post Natal Depression
Anxiety, panic and panic attacks
Trauma including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Sexual assault and rape
Physical assault 
Illness, physical health and disability
Carers support including Dementia and Alzheimers
Bereavement, loss and grief
Eating problems
Self esteem problems
Relationship difficuties
Childhood issues including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect
Work related stress including redundancy and threat of redundancy, financial worries and being bullied
Suicidal thought and feelings
Difference and diversity and feeling you don't belong

I offer both short term (4-8sessions) and long term work.

I  offer Supervision in Swanage and Poole, Dorset. Please see my Supervision entry.

My aim is to work with you to help you to resolve or cope better with difficulties in your life. You have the chance to talk confidentially in a safe and sympathetic environment. This can help you to become aware of and deal with issues that have been bothering you. It can help you make decisions about your life so you can decide how you want to move forward. It can help you become more aware of the skills and resources you already have.

I work to help you discover how thoughts, beliefs, patterns of behaviour, and ways of coping developed in your past can cause pain and distress in the present. I work with you to help you change and let go of those things that you no longer find useful. I aim to help you become more aware of what is useful and what 'works' for you and to help you recognise and use the strengths and ways of coping that you already have.

I am trained and experienced in a wide range of therapies and therapeutic interventions. These include:-

Gestalt Psychotherapy
Brief Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Systemic Therapy
Clinical Supervision
I have worked using Psychotherapy and Counselling in many different settings for more than 30 years. I am a qualified and UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist. This means that I trained for four years, that all my work is supervised and that I work to a strict Code of Ethics.

‘How many sessions will I need?’
This will depend on the issues that you want to bring. I am experienced in working both short term (4-8 sessions) as well as long term (for months or years). At our first session I will talk with you about the issues you want to bring, what you want from coming and we can agree an initial timescale.

Short term work
Short term work can be helpful if you want to bring single or recent issues such as stress, anxiety, work stress and depression or life events like bereavement, redundancy or coping with illness. It can also be helpful for longer term problems as these can sometimes be sorted out with a few sessions or you can use sessions to learn how to cope better with ongoing problems.

Long term work
Long term work is useful for longer term or deeper problems. It may be that you have never really felt happy and at ease. Long term work aims to help you understand why this should be and how to move on from this. Long term work may also be needed to help you resolve longstanding depression or anxiety, difficult childhood issues or other deeper problems. It can also be useful if you suffer with a more severe mental illness or personality problem such as eating problems, addictions or chronic depression.

I offer the time and space for you to become aware of and explore difficult life or childhood events that may have been causing you distress and discomfort. These may be sexual abuse, physical or emotional abuse, deaths and bereavements or other traumatic events such as experiencing illness or disability, adoption or fostering or being bullied that can make later life difficult. I do not analyse you or tell you what to do. I aim to work at a pace that suits you. You are in control of what you talk about and when.

At our initial session I will discuss with you what may be useful for the issues you want to bring. I aim to work with you in the way that most suits you and the difficulties you bring rather than trying to fit you into one way of working. Because I am trained in more than one therapy I have a range of skills to do this.


Please contact me by phoning 01929 421722 or 07814 537559 or e-mail at or click on the link above

If I am not available leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

You are welcome to ring me outside of office hours.
If you are phoning after 7.00pm or at weekends please phone 07814 537559 and I will call you back when I can.
I aim to respond to e-mails within 24 hours.

You are welcome to e-mail to ask me to call you or to ask for more information. This could be about me and the way I work, my availability or the issues that you want to bring to sessions.

You can book a free initial half hour session or a reduced fee (£20) full initial session.

Here you can:
talk about what you want to bring to sessions
discuss your issues in more detail
meet me and learn more about my qualifications and experience and how I would work with you on the issues you want to bring
talk about whether you are looking for short term or long term work decide whether you want to book more sessions or whether one session is enough.

You do not have to decide at the first session.You can go away and think about it.

I understand that you may find it hard to start talking about about your difficulties. You do not have to commit yourself from your first call or e-mail. I am more than happy for you to take your time to decide whether I am the therapist you feel you can work with.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a UKCP registered Gestalt Psychotherapist. I completed four years training and qualified in 1998 from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Nottingham. I am a qualified Clinical Supervisor and supervise Psychotherapists and Counsellors.

I have run a private Psychotherapy, Counselling and Supervison practice since 1993 in Sheffield, Exeter and Poole, Dorset.

I worked for many years offering counselling and psychotherapy, couples and family therapy in various Voluntary Organisations, Social Services Departments and the NHS. I am trained and experienced in Counselling, Child and Family Therapy, Brief and Focal Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. (CBT)

For  nine years I  worked in the NHS in Exeter and Mid Devon with clients suffering with Depression and Anxiety. I have run the Stress Control Course, a psycho-educational course to help with anxiety and stress since 2004.

My qualifications include:
Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Sherwood Institue, Nottingham)
Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Sherwood Institute. Nottingham)
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (University of Sheffield)
MA in Applied Social Sciences (University of Sheffield)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


I charge £46 a session.
A free or reduced fee initial session
I offer a free initial half hour session or a reduced fee (£20) full 50 minute initial session in which we can discuss the issues you want to bring. You can ask me more about how I would work with you, my experience and qualifications and any other questions you may have. You can then decide whether you want to book more sessions.

Maps & Directions

Bournemouth, BH1
Poole, BH15 2PG

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am in Poole between 12.30 and 6.15 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Available appointment times vary so please enquire.

Supervision & training

I offer supervision to Psychotherapists, Counsellors and trainee Psychotherapists and Counsellors from Swanage, Dorset and have some space in Poole& Bournemouth.

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