Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. My name's Alison and I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 12 years now. I appreciate finding the right therapist can be a daunting task. I hope I can provide you with enough information here and on my website to help you decide if I am the therapist for you, but please feel free to call or email me if you want to ask me anything further.
My aim is to provide a safe, understanding environment where you can begin to talk through your issues without feeling judged. Together we can look at what is causing you difficulty in your life, and explore new ways of being which will hopefully allow you to experience a more fulfilled and meaningful life. I work integratively which means I am trained in a range of theories and approaches which I can draw on to provide support which is meaningful and helpful to you as an individual.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the University of Leeds where I gained an MA with distinction in Psychotherapy and Counselling.
In the past I have worked for the charitable organization, Leeds Counselling and also within an NHS setting in Bradford. As such I have experience of a wide range of client issues, and have worked with clients long-term for up to two years, as well as over brief periods of just six weeks.
I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and have full professional indemnity insurance. I receive regular supervision and ensure I undertake regular additional training to maintain the ethical standard of my work.
Having undertaken a course at the British Mindfulness Institute, I am also qualified to offer Mindfulness therapy, which has been shown to be highly effective in addressing a number of issues including depression and anxiety.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial introductory session for £25 where we can get to know each other to see if working together will be helpful for you. If you decide to continue, each weekly session will be £50 and last 50 minutes. Please visit my website www.alisonabbisscounselling.co.uk for further details.