Alan Wilson

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Galashiels TD1 & Melrose TD6
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About me

First things first, this is more about you than me. You are unique, your story is unique, and your future is unique. You are probably in a very difficult place right now and want to make positive changes in your life. You are not alone, but... who do you turn to?

Listening and hearing are among my greatest strengths as a counsellor. You want to be heard and understood, without judgement. You want to improve your situation. You want to spend time with someone you can really trust, who empathises with your situation and is committed to helping you to the next stage in your life. Many of us will experience real personal lows at some time in our life - anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, addiction, terminal illness.

Breathe a little easier. Help is at hand and no matter your age, race, gender, sexual identity or background, you are always welcome at one of my clinics. If you are not confident in English - do not worry. I am well used to working with people from all corners of the World and have lots of interpreters I can call on. The biggest challenge for you right now is to walk through my door and begin your journey to recovery.

Counselling and Psychotherapy really can help you manage and overcome many issues. Maybe you've lost someone close, a friend or family member and need someone to talk to. Perhaps you have had a traumatic experience. Or, you are addicted to alcohol or drugs and need some space to learn how to manage these cravings in the future. Or, perhaps you're coming to terms with your sexuality, and want to explore this in a space free from judgement. Or, maybe you are depressed and anxious. These conditions can make our lives hell – that’s why I do what I do.

Why choose me?

What makes me different from many other therapists? First, I'm a person-centred counsellor which means that I focus on how you are right now. There are no tests or homework - I  know what I am doing and do it well. Just as important, I have myself had to navigate many challenges over the years, giving me additional tools and insights. I have worked in industry then in adult education – with people who wanted to make a better life for themselves – indigenous, new citizens (including refugees) and asylum seekers. My track record is of being fully committed to each individual and supporting them throughout their journey.

Your well-being is everything and you will always be welcomed in a quiet, comfortable, safe and relaxing space. Whatever your reason for seeking help, I'll listen and support you at every stage.

With the right counsellor, the right therapy and your willingness to change you are on the right path to feeling better.

You have already taken the most important step today.


Supporting clients affected by:

  • Bereavement and loss.
  • Terminal illness.
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Loneliness and Isolation.
  • Addiction to drugs, alcohol and other substances.

I also work with clients from the LGBT community.

Therapy offered:

  • Person-Centred Therapy

My clinic locations:

  • Galashiels, TD1
  • Melrose, TD6

Free 30 minute telephone consultation

I offer all new clients a free 30 minute telephone consultation. Please feel free to email, text or call to arrange - I'd be happy to help.

Training, qualifications & experience

Completed study

  • 2012 ABC Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Theory and Practice
  • 2015 BACP Registration

Ongoing study

  • 2016 York St. John University/BACP Working with Depression

Additional training

  • March 2013 South Yorkshire Conference - To explore and share good practice around issues of prostitution and sexual exploitation.
  • February 2014 Northern Refugee Council (Training event) Wakefield - Working with women seeking asylum and refugees who have been affected by rape and sexual violence
  • November 2015 Counselling for depression - York St John University
  • June 2016 Starting and maintaining your own private counselling practice - BACP


​In addition to my private practice, working with adults and young people, I worked with Asylum Seekers and Refugees at the Central Health Clinic in Sheffield. I have also recently completed year long placements at the Sheffield University Counselling Service and in a North Sheffield G.P. Surgery for Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust.

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

Therapies offered


£30.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Free 30 minute telephone consultation.

£30 per session.

When I work

Available All Week 9am-8pm . Please contact me for further information.

Further information

Professional memberships, Associations and insurance

I'm registered on the BACP register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I operate within the BACP Ethical Framework and regularly participate in further, professional development training. In line with BACP requirements, I attend regular supervision and practice with full liability insurance.

Galashiels, Scottish Borders, TD1

Melrose, Scottish Borders, TD6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Everything needed is on the ground floor. There is off road parking immediately outside the door.

Additional languages

I have worked with asylum seekers, refugees and traffiked women. I often used interpreters.

Online platforms

Microsoft Teams