Alison Greyer

Alison Greyer

Manchester
Greater Manchester
M16

07984 655276

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Manchester
Greater Manchester
M16

07984 655276

About me

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Therapy and I completed my professional training in 2006.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and you can find me on their website. I abide fully with their code of ethics and conduct. I hold valid Professional Indemnity Insurance and I undergo regular supervision in my work.

I work from my private practice in Whalley Range, South Manchester and previously I have had a private practice on Harley Street in London. During my clinical training I spent two years working as a volunteer for City and Hackney Alcohol Service. I have also worked for West Essex Mind where I saw people at a GP surgery.

I offer both long and short term therapy and once we have established a relationship I am happy to offer counselling by telephone and Skype. I am currently available to see clients for daytime sessions only.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as an Integrative therapist which means that in my thinking I draw on different theoretical models. (The BACP website has a useful section on all the kinds of psychological therapies). So while I will be interested in your past (psychodynamic theory) I am just as interested in the present and what is happening now (humanistic theory). I don't focus on one over the other.

Coming for counselling can feel daunting and nerve-wracking and with that in mind, it's really important to me that you feel safe to tell your story.  As a therapist, I offer you a warm and confidential space in which you can reflect, think, cry, feel angry, feel sad or feel happy but hopefully explore the issues that have brought you to therapy. All your emotions are welcome.

During therapy, from my experience, it's most likely that we will talk about the past, work with the present and create the future. Perhaps we will make sense of something which cannot be changed.  We can come to understand it together. Or we might think about what is happening now - today - what's not working any more? What's going wrong? Why is that? Then we can think about the future and how things would be if your current situation changed. Sometimes this can be challenging - who could you really be if things were different? What would life look like? My role is to help you figure that out, to be supportive, to hold your hand while you test the waters.

Sometimes people find it very useful to work with goals.  Goal setting can really help to enable change and I'm always impressed by just how much can be achieved. If I thought this was something that would be helpful for you I would propose working in this way.

I encourage clients to bring their dreams to the sessions, because as Freud said, they really are the "high road to the unconscious" and often they can show us our true feelings which sometimes we keep hidden from ourselves.

Images too can be very powerful. I might ask you to think of an image or a picture which reflects your situation or your feelings. This is a great way to gain a different perspectve of things. Equally, I will offer you images which come to my mind. Over time, we work together to change images, to make them how you might really like them to be. I believe in the positive benefits of writing and where relevant I encourage clients to keep a journal of their time in therapy.

You will probably find that you do most of the talking during therapy.  This is fine!  It's important that you realise that the therapy space is for you and we will talk about whatever it is that you want to say within the safety of a professional, non-judgemental and boundaried environment.

Member organisations

BACP

Fees

I offer a sliding scale fee structure. Where you place yourself on that scale depends on your earnings.

Daytime session £40 - £70

If you cancel your session within 24 hours then the full session fee is payable. Outside of that I charge £10 which reflects the fact that I hold the space free for you and am not able to see anyone else during it.

Further information

My private practice is located on Wood Road in Whalley Range, South Manchester. I am very close to the lovely British Muslim Heritage Centre and a few mins walk from Upper Chorlton Road.

The nearest bus route is the 86 that runs along Upper Chorlton Road.

The nearest tram stations are Firswood on Rye Bank Road (approx 15walk) and Chorlton (then take the 86 bus).

If coming by car there is ample parking outside my house.

Maps & Directions

Manchester, M16

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Availability for daytime sessions only.

Types of client

Adults
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