Alison Jackson BA (Hons) PGCE Adv Dip Couns Registered MBACP
Waterloo Wellbeing Centre
191 Devonport Road
Abbey Mead Natural Health Centre
7 Plymouth Road
07980 442 171
I am a fully-qualified integrative counsellor (Registered MBACP) with experience in dealing with a wide range of clients and issues. I offer face-to-face counselling and email counselling to individual clients.
Are you looking for a counsellor or wondering whether counselling might help you?
Counselling can help when we feel things are going wrong with our lives. Counselling can help us to understand the things that are going wrong and to work out what we can do to deal with them.
Life can be very complex, busy and demanding. We may feel we do not have the space to explore what is happening. We may not think we have a trusted person with whom we can share our personal, and possibly painful, experience.
Seeking counselling is not a sign of weakness. In counselling you build a trusting relationship with your counsellor who will help you address the issues you want to face. Counselling requires courage and commitment, and choosing the right counsellor to work with is crucial.
I offer face to face counselling in Plymouth (Stoke PL1). I also work in Tavistock (PL19).
I was trained as an Integrative Counsellor. This means I believe that no one theory will either make sense of or be entirely applicable to every person. Neither will one approach or technique help all people. I work with people in whatever way helps them to resolve the issue they have chosen to address.
We can experience difficulty in a number of ways: in our thoughts; in our feelings; in our bodies and in our spirits. My approach is to explore where the blocks lie and work with a person to help them move forward.
Broadly speaking my approach is humanistic and optimistic because I believe in the essential goodness of people, their innate drive to develop and their ability to use their inner resources to resolve difficulties.
I employ approaches and methods from Person-Centred Counselling, Mindfulness, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Transpersonal Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychosynthesis.
As well as being a qualified and experienced counsellor, I am also a qualified teacher. I have taught English & Drama in Secondary schools, worked with children with learning difficulties (autism, aspergers and ADHD), with adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities and was employed in a University Chaplaincy. For four years I worked for a charity offering low cost counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Adv Dip Couns) accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and am on the accredited register of the BACP. I have completed The Institute of Psychosynthesis' Fundamentals of Psychosynthesis course and a course in Transactional Analysis. I have been trained as a Samaritan Counsellor for Samaritans.
I am currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Supervision and am offering reduced rate supervision during my supervision training.
I have attended additional courses on: anxiety, depression and CBT; self-harm; domestic abuse; bereavement; dying; body therapy; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; anger; psychosis; children and adolescents counselling.
I work within the BACP's Code of Ethics. I receive regular supervision as required by the The Ethical Framework of BACP.
I have a Confidentiality Policy which I explain to clients during the introductory session and, with my clients’ permission, I keep written records in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
I hold an Enhanced DBS check (used to be called CRB check) and am fully insured.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
Face-to Face Counselling
It is important for you to find the right counsellor to work with.
I offer an initial one hour consultation costing £20 at the end of which you can decide whether or not to proceed with further sessions.
Further sessions are booked on a session-by-session basis. Counselling can be short- or long-term depending on your needs and goals.
The standard fee for one hour is £40 per session in Tavistock and £45 per session in Plymouth, payable at the end of each session by cash or cheque.
A limited number of concessions may be available for students and those in receipt of benefits. I also offer a reduced rate for trainee counsellors.
Missed appointments or cancelled sessions are chargeable in full, apart from exceptional circumstances when an agreed portion of the fee will be payable.
Sessions usually take place once a week, however this can and does change according to the individual needs of the client.
I am flexible regarding days and appointment times, including Saturdays.
The therapy centres I use in Tavistock and Plymouth have free parking outside the premises.
Each session consists of your email (up to 1000 words) to my secure email address email@example.com and my response. I will always respond within two working days.
Payment is made in advance through PayPal.
My fees for email counselling are:£20 for 1 email counselling session.
£57 for 3 email counselling sessions (5% discount)
£108 for 6 email counselling sessions (10% discount)
Counselling is a process which enables a person to bring about change and transformation in their life.
Counselling is usually performed face-to-face in regular confidential sessions between the counsellor and the client.
The counsellor creates a safe space for the client which is accepting and non-judgemental. The counsellor helps the client to become aware of their own experience, to come to an understanding of that experience and to make choices and decisions about what their values and beliefs are, and how they want to think, feel and behave. Counselling aims to support a person in finding an approach that works for them.
Many people seek counselling at times of change or crisis in their lives. Past experiences or current situations may be preventing a person from moving forward with their life. Counselling can also be helpful at any time of life as a method for increasing our understanding of ourselves and others.
Counselling can be short- or long-term depending on what the client wants to address.
We seek counselling for various reasons.
There are times when we do not know how to move forward. We may feel overwhelmed, lost, alone or stuck. We may not understand what is happening to us. We may feel we no longer know who we are. We may not know how to make the changes we want to make in our lives.
We may be able to identify a specific experience as causing our distress or we may be experiencing symptoms which are making it difficult for us to live life fully.
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A counselling session is not going to provide a miracle ‘cure’ for the problems you are facing. Counselling can help you to live life more fully and freely, to enjoy your life and relationships and to become the person you would hope to be.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Morning, afternoon, evening and Saturday appointments are available in Plymouth (Stoke). Weekday appointments are available in Tavistock.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I see supervision as a joint endeavour in which the supervisor works with the supervisee to improve the quality of their work, continuously developing themselves and their practice.View supervision profile