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Alison Dowdeswell, BACP (Reg) Psychotherapy/Counselling/Supervision

About me

Thank you for visiting me at the counselling directory today. Let me first say no matter what the issues may be there is always a way forward for you and it is my job to try and help you find that. Life throws many curved balls at us and it is natural to feel overwhelmed at times by our circumstances.

Friends and family may be a great source of support but they don't always have the time or energy to be there for us, in the way we would like. Maybe some of the things we want to talk about feel too private. Sometimes we don't even know where to begin, because things feel so complex. This is where a good therapist can by be enormously beneficial enabling us to find our own solutions in a confidential, supportive but objective relationship. This is something that, at times, friends and family cannot offer. They are just too involved.

What can I offer you          

I offer psychotherapy/counselling, coaching and supervision. Supportive and caring I have worked for over thirty years in community mental health and private practice the latter covering both long and short term work with a range of isssues.These include:

emotional problems


family issues


panic disorder

relationship difficulties


marriage breakdown


employment and organizational issues

personal development

I work from a relational, existential perspective which means I see your personal experience as central to and informing our work together. I aim to enable you to be more at ease with yourself and the world you live in, so developing inner confidence and your own expert self. I hope to increase your understanding of self and others so that the choices you make in life work more effectively for you.

I am a registered member of BACP and work to their code of ethics.

For supervisees I use the Shohet and Hawkins seven eyed model. I work relationally from a holistic, existential philosophy and also use the systemic approach. Please contact me to discuss matters further. I offer a free initial consultation for this.

My fees privately are £45.00 per hour.

I work face to face, by Skype, email and telephone

Please contact me for a free initial chat or session which gives you a chance to meet with me and mutually consider whether I am the right person for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma In Counselling.
Gestalt Psychotherapy, Metanoia Trust,
Cert IGD Group Therapy.
Diploma in
ClinicalSupervision. Northern Guild of Psychotherapy.
Registered MBACP.

Well trained and very experienced as a therapist and later as a supervisor, I am trained in many models and at ease with them.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

All general issues

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology


Counselling,Psychotherrapy and Coaching.

Individuals £45.00 per hour

Supervision 45.00 per hour

North Yorkshire

The Garden Cottage
3 Cowling Court
North Yorkshire
YO61 3GW

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

In Easingwold it is possible to come to the front door of my house in a wheelchair but you would need to be able to walk a short distance,with support, to reach a chair. Otherwise most disabilities would find access possible.


Only during the week. Flexible hours.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I hold a Diploma in Clinical Supervision awarded by the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and have many years experience as a supervisor for practitioners.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Alison Dowdeswell, BACP (Reg) Psychotherapy/Counselling/Supervision

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