Alison Leyland, B.Ed.,Dip.Couns.,Dip.Sup.,UKCP reg.

Alison Leyland, B.Ed.,Dip.Couns.,Dip.Sup.,UKCP reg.

Exmouth Business Centre
14 Hartley Road

07713 596222

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About me

I worked for the NHS in GP practices for over 15 years and continue to work privately in Wells offering short and longer-term psychotherapeutic counselling and supervision. I provide workshops and consultancy to groups in the public, private and voluntary sectors dealing with issues such as stress / anxiety, anger, depression, team building and conflict resolution. I have organised and been invited to speak at a number of conferences which I have found both terrifying and hugely energising!   With my colleague Flora Myer I have co designed and facilitated a long-term community group for people suffering from recurrent depression and anxiety.  This work has recently expanded through the formation of the Counsellors Collective South West LLP (also listed on this wonderful website!)

I am an approved counsellor with Barnardo's Adoption Agency, registered with them to provide adoption placement and support services,and Attachment Focused Counselling.  I am an approved provider for counselling with BUPA, Aviva, Cigna and PruHealth.

I have a background that includes secretarial work, nursing, teaching and Carers' Support....and a lot from the University of Life! I really enjoy and care about my work and I am delighted when I am not needed any more!

I am a parent and grandparent - some of it I have done well and I, too, would like to be able to go back and do some of it better.

Training, qualifications & experience

B.Ed (Hons. 1st Class) Bulmershe, Reading 1989
Dip.Couns. (CPCAB) 1996
Dip.Couns. in Health Care Settings (University of Bristol) 1999
Dip. Supervision (The Iron Mill) - 2007
Relating to self-harm and suicide in adolescents and young adults - the Tavistock Clinic - 2012
Approved Counsellor for Adoption - Barnardos LINK - 2013
Attachment Focussed Counselling - Barnardos  LINK- 2013

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

school failure
transition and loss


£50 per hour
A sliding scale will be considered.
Rates for students, workshops and consultancy are negotiated.

Further information

I am increasingly working with issues relating to early attachment.  Whatever the attachment history includes, e.g. maternal post natal depression, adoption, previous loss such as miscarriage, the traumatic impact is, I believe, inevitably powerful.  My training with Barnardos encourages me to believe that there is much that we can do therapeutically to improve understanding and communication so that we can facilitate better outcomes for both adults and children affected by these trauma.

Maps & Directions

Exmouth, EX8 2SG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I have several hours of supervision each month and the more experienced I become the more supervision I seek! .

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