Alison Carter

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BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy/Supervisor MBACP
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Lymington, Hampshire, SO41
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am an experienced integrative counsellor and registered with the BACP.
Integrative means that I have been trained in more than one theoretical approach.
In order to find the best way to help you achieve your goals and the results you want from therapy, I use all my training and knowledge of these theories within my therapeutic framework.

At some point in our lives, most of us will experience some emotional and/or relationship difficulties. Counselling can provide a safe and confidential place to explore these; it may then be possible to develop an awareness of these difficulties and to make sense of what is happening in your life. Counselling can enable you to maximise personal choices and potential which can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying life. Whether these difficult feelings or experiences are happening now or have happened in the past, I believe that therapy can offer a chance to heal and develop.

I work in a way which can help you to explore your feelings and thoughts, around issues such as bereavement, relationships, low self-esteem/confidence, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, bullying, self harm, eating disorders, abuse and traumatic experiences. In creating a safe, confidential environment I can give you the opportunity to be heard and listened to, some time and space to explore your feelings and thoughts, so you may reach a better understanding of yourself and your relationships with others.

I work with individuals, couples and young people. I have a flexible approach to sessions; brief intervention work - for short term problems, which can be a reaction to a life event. Longer term therapy - for difficulties you may have been struggling with over a longer period of time.

I have found that one of the most important factors in obtaining a successful outcome from therapy, is the working relationship between the client and therapist. I welcome you to contact me if you have any questions about me or therapy.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy - University of Southampton - where I studied an Integrative approach, blending the theories of the three main schools of counselling.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People - University of South Wales
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling - based on the Humanistic school of counselling.
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Supervision (level 6) - Counselling supervision within a Humanistic Integrative context including: Inskipp, Proctor and Page and Woskett Cyclical Model of Supervision.

I have also studied courses in:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) - which is very suitable for short term work.
  • Family and Couple Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Human Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Traumatic Effects
  • Loss and Grief
  • Building Self-Esteem
  • Assessing Clients for Short-Term Counselling
  • Working with Sexual Abuse
  • Suicide and Self-Harm
  • Working with Young People and Substance Misuse

I have worked in a variety of settings, both in the voluntary and private sectors. As a counsellor for an organisation for young people, and in hospitals, working with issues arising from long term illness (for the patients and their families), I have experienced clients coming from varied cultural and social backgrounds, presenting issues such as depression, loss and grief, relationship issues, anxiety, occupational stress, attachment issues, abuse, eating issues, anger, bullying and low self-esteem.

Please see my website for more information.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also offer personal therapy for student counsellors at a reduced fee.


£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information


  • £45.00 per individual session (1 hour)
  • £50.00 for couples
  • £35.00 for under 25's

Some concessions may be available so please ask me


  • £45.00 per hour

When I work

Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available

Further information

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

I am fully insured and DBS checked

Wheel chair accessibility

Hordle, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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In person

As part of my independent practice I offer supervision, in Hordle near Lymington to qualified or trainee counsellors.

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Alison Carter
Alison Carter