Alison MacGregor MBACP
The Hope Street Centre
10 Hope Street
Choosing a counsellor can be a daunting process, particularly at a time when you may be facing challenges in your life: I know this from experience. Finding a counsellor with whom you feel comfortable is important and the following information may help you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
How we will work together
As an Integrative therapist, I draw on a number of different therapeutic approaches: Person-Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This means that I can be flexible; adapting my approach to best suit your individual needs.
My aim is to provide a safe, confidential space in which you will feel heard without fear of being judged, and where you will feel valued and accepted for who you are. I endeavour to meet you with compassion, warmth and genuineness. My role is not to advise you, but to support you as we explore the issues you bring to counselling. I believe that you should feel in control of what we cover and how we work together in our sessions. I aim to help you to gain a greater understanding of yourself and how you experience life, and to encourage you to tap into your inner resources to make positive change.
I have experience of helping clients work through a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, stress, self-harm, bereavement and loss.
I work with individuals - both adults and young people.
If you would like to make an appointment, call or email me; whichever feels most comfortable for you. I aim to get back to you within 24 hours of your enquiry. During this initial contact I may gather some details about you and your presenting issues. If you are happy to go ahead, we will make a first appointment.
How many sessions will I need?
It is not possible to give a time limit for therapy, as it depends on the nature of the problem. In our first session together, we will talk about the issues that have brought you to counselling and what you hope to gain from working together. This session will also give you time to consider whether I am the right counsellor for you.
Towards the end of this session we will discuss how the session has gone. If you feel that you would like to work with me, and I think that I can offer you the support you need, we can book a session for the following week. On the other hand, you may prefer to have some time during the week to reflect on this initial session before booking another appointment.
Some clients like to book sessions from week to week, while others prefer to contract for several sessions. Either way of working is fine for me.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Counselling Concepts
In addition to working within my private practice, until recently I worked for a national mental health charity providing counselling to adults, children and young people.
Professional Membership Details
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am guided by their ethical framework and procedures. In order to enhance my practice, I engage in regular supervision. I am committed to keeping my knowledge, skills and expertise up to date and I attend training and workshops regularly.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
£35 for a one hour session.
I hold Professional Indemnity insurance for my counselling work and have a current DBS check specifically for my work with children and young people.
Please note that the rooms at The Hope Street Centre have no disabled access.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently only have availability early afternoon on Tuesdays.
Types of client