Allison Banister - Counsellor MBACP (Accred)

Allison Banister -  Counsellor  MBACP (Accred)



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About me

Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. My name is Allison. I am married with two grown up children.

I am a qualified, Accredited Person Centred Counsellor, holding my membership with  the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also on The BACP Register which is the first psychological therapists' register to be accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament. I chose to be a member with the BACP as I believe in their Values, Principals and Personal Moral qualities ( I believe it is important to respect a person’s human rights and their right to be self-governing whilst honouring the trust placed upon me. I endeavour to promote each of my client’s emotional safety by demonstrating empathy, sincerity and integrity.

I am ASIST trained (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained) This training ensures I am competent to work with any person who is suffering from suicidal thoughts.

I have worked for the NHS since 1993. As my children became older and I experienced the roller coaster that is life, I looked to develop the skills I had gained along the way, which led me to train as a Counsellor.

Counselling is a very personal and unique experience to each of us. My role is to help clients explore feelings and emotions during times of unease. With this in mind, I aim to create a relaxed, yet safe therapeutic atmosphere, whilst maintaining BACP principals. We will work in partnership to ensure growth at a pace appropriate and comfortable to each individual. I have a non-judgemental approach, placing emphasis on our time together as being my ‘client’s space’. Counselling takes place in a safe environment where confidentiality is paramount.


I embrace social diversity and inclusivity of treatment without discrimination of any kind.

Please feel free to contact me and I will answer any questions or concerns you may have.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Yearly Safeguarding Adults and Children
  • Domestic Abuse and Marac Training
  • Learning Disability
  • Sexual Violence
  • Working with addiction
  • Domestic Abuse workshop
  • Continuing Professional Development as part of BACP Membership, to demonstrate best practice


  • BACP Accredited
  • BACP Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • BACP Level 3 Counselling Theory
  • BACP Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • NEBS Diploma in Practice Management
  • ASIST Trained (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained)


  • I have worked in private practice since 2012, prior to this I gained experience within a recognised Blackpool charity. Working with clients who experienced difficulties with alcohol and drug dependency, client’s after rehabilitation , clients with disabilities, domestic abuse (in various forms), clients on probation, clients who lead chaotic lifestyles resulting in having children removed, loss of home, family or work. Any of these challenges can often mask other deep seated issues around loss in general such as depression, anger management and anxiety, lack of confidence/low self-esteem, isolation, relationships, work issues, bullying etc. As an Accredited Counsellor, I am committed to support clients who are experiencing any of these issues.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Initial telephone consultation is free. This allows us an opportunity to explore if Counselling is the right path for you. It also gives us a feel of what it would be like, to work with each other.

Face to face Sessions from - £35.00 per hour for Individuals
                                           £45.00 per hour for couples

If money is a particular concern, please feel free to contact me to discuss a bespoke fee.

Further information

I can offer Counselling in the home or alternatively I have private room where safe parking is available.

I receive monthly Supervision in accordance with the BACP Code of Ethics.

Maps & Directions


Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme