Alison MacDonald BA(Couns & Psych) MSc(Psych) MBACP (Snr. Accred)
I am an experienced and qualified counsellor who has worked in a number of different fields. I am comfortable talking with children, adolescents and adults from a variety of different backgrounds. I believe everyone is equal and should have the right to be heard and understood by at least one other person. My aim is to focus on understanding what it is like to live in your skin and then enable you to live in a more fulfilling manner.
I like to think of counselling as primarily understanding a person and what they are coping with and then being a facilitator that aids the person to resolve whatever issues they are facing or just to help them cope with their emotions. I have at the centre of my practice the belief that it is in the therapeutic relationship of empathy and unconditional positive regard that enables a person to discover their deepest value and unique self.
My counselling style is integrative. I have formal training in CBT but like to integrate this into a person centred style. I offer Sensorimotor psychotherapy and have training and experience in working with complex trauma. I have experience in a number of areas that can prove problematical, which include relationship issues, couples counselling, depression, anxiety, anger, abuse of varying kinds, phobias, OCD, panic attacks and many more. I have formal training in systemic therapy and can offer couple or family counselling.
About Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: this therapy style blends cognitive and emotional approaches, verbal dialogue and physical interventions that directly address the implicit memories and neurobiological effects of trauma and developmental wounds. It is on the cutting edge of the latest research on the treatment of trauma. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy has at its core mindfulness and nonviolence. Feeling safe is often a foreign concept to those who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect. I believe the client needs to experience a sense of safety in the relationship and in the therapeutic space. Drawing on my training and experience and my training in sensorimotor psychotherapy for the treatment of complex trauma I am able to facilitate this process.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Degree in Counselling. I have two degrees in Psychology. I have experience in a number of areas that clients have found difficult or problematic. I have attended many conferences and training days in order to keep abreast of all the recent advances in neuroscience and different psychotherapies.
I have a Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision.
I have studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for a year with Janina Fisher and Kekuni Minton.
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Psychotherapist.
I have experience with a varied age range which spans the ages of 10 through to 60+. I offer individual, couples and family therapy.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 a session for individual therapy and £70 for couple or family therapy. I can offer a concession in extenuating circumstances.
If 24 hours notice has not been given for a cancellation then I charge the full fee.
I charge £50 per hour session for individuals. For group rates, I charge £40 per person per session (2 hours).
I have worked as the Coordinator and as a supervisor for Guildford YMCA Open House Counselling Service whose age range is 11-30. I also was the School Coordinator between Open House and Kings College, Christ College (Guildford) and Ash Manor Secondary School.
I was the Clinical Director of #talkifuwant2 Counselling Service, which provides counselling in Ash Manor Secondary School.
My private practice is based in my home where a room has been specifically set aside. Client confidentiality is very important to me.