Alison Miles (MBACP) Counsellor and Supervisor
Chew Medical Practice
01275 331138 / 07513 372622
My therapy rooms are in Chew Valley which is on the edge of South Bristol and Bath. My work with clients has been accrued over 20 years working with young people and adults in the public and private sector providing counselling, therapeutic support and supervision.
I have an enhanced DBS/CRB check which means I'm able to work with vulnerable people. I'm a registered member of BACP and adhere to the strict professional code of practice which is monitored. I continue to attend a minimum of 30 hours training annually and have regular clinical supervision. I also have a Diploma in supervision and provide supervision to counsellors and other professional
The approach that I use is called relational. This is the model that I was trained in and it's integrative which means it draws on a number of approaches. The relational model incorporates the person centred way of being with psychodynamic concepts. Putting it simply I aim to be genuine, non-judgemental and empathetic in the way that I work with you, whilst thinking about how the past might be influencing the present, and thinking about our counselling relationship.
Some of the issues I have helped clients overcome are: anxiety, depression, panic attacks, self harm, suicide, alcohol and drug addiction, bereavement, building confidence, learning how to be more assertive in their relationships and at work. In addition to this, I have specialist knowledge and training in helping clients deal with the trauma of sexual abuse, parenting a child/ young person with attachment disorder and supporting clients who are or have experienced domestic violence.
I offer face to face counselling, Skype counselling for clients and supervisees who find it difficult to access a local service.
I have two counselling rooms which are located in Chew Valley, South Bristol which is 10 minutes drive from Whichurch. I offer a consultation within a week and have flexible appointment times which include day times, evenings and weekends.
For more information please visit my site:
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling work with North Somerset Council’s Youth Offending Team gave me the opportunity to develop their counselling service for parents and young adults. This was the first in-house counselling service that gave clients whose families were likely to experience offending behaviour the opportunity to receive free counselling. After that I worked for Network Counselling at Weston College which gave me the chance to work with young people/adults who found studying difficult. Later my counselling position at Crossroads Care allowed me to work with adults and young people who had caring responsibilities. I then started working part-time in private practice and worked in the private sector as a part-time therapeutic support worker working with children and families who were in foster care and as a supervisor providing supervision to professionals. I now work fulltime as a counsellor and supervisor.
Diploma in Supervision (2016)
Diploma in Counselling Studies (2010)
Certificate in Supervision Skills (2005)
BTEC Management Studies (2003)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (1999)
Degree in Social Work and Social Welfare(1998)
Diploma in Social Work (1997)
Therapeutic Parenting (2016)
Trauma Constellations (Professor Franz Rupert 2015)
Data Protection (2015)
Equality and Diversity (2015)
Children who are Struggling with Eating Disorders (2014)
Parental Substance Misuse (2011)
Working with Domestic Abuse (2009)
Trauma and Resilience :Recovery and Adaption after Overwhelming Stress (2008)
Drug Abusing and Parenting (2007)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
How much will it cost?
A consultation meeting is approximately 45-60 minutes and the fee is £35.
Face to face counselling or parenting support is between £35-£40 and it will last for up to one hour.
I provide some low cost sessions to the low waged and students. These sessions can only take place at Highfields.
The fee is payable during the session.
Skype counselling is £40 for up to one hour and payable by Paypal before the session.
My Supervision costs are :
£30 for an hour
Group supervision is divided between the group members which is £25 per hour plus the room fee.
I also provide parenting advice and support.
Through our sessions we would find the best practical strategies that will support you in caring for your children. I’m able to draw on my therapeutic work with children and families that began in 1998 and before that from rearing my own children.
How will parenting advice and support help me?
It could :
Improve the relationship between Parent/Carer and their children.
Improve the confidence and self esteem of parents/carers.
Improve the confidence and self esteem of children.
Help parents/carers to understand and cope with their children's development.
Help parents/carers to understand and cope with their children's behaviour.
Signpost families to other relevant community services.
please see my website for further information www.yourlifecounselling.com
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day-Time, Evening and Saturdays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been providing supervision to supervisees in social care for 12 years and have been a counsellor in private practice for the past six years.View supervision profile