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About me

Hello I'm Alison and I began my counselling career over 20 years ago, after overcoming some very difficult times of my own. I truly know how important your relationship with your counsellor is so I offer to meet you at no cost and no obligation at a place of your choosing so you can decide if I am the right person to help you.

My approach is friendly, natural and truly empathic. I work with each person as the unique individual that they are, understanding that the problems and challenges that we all face in our lives affects us in a unique way. I offer therapy at your home, at my practice in Newquay, over the phone, via Skype or at your preferred place which could even be on the beach!

I have helped many people explore and understand troubling thoughts and feelings such as depression and anxiety, and specific issues including social phobia, OCD, eating disorders, adoption and very many more (please contact me if you have any questions regarding your specific issues). My own personal experience of overcoming difficult life events helps me to give an even deeper understanding.

What can I help with?

Sometimes you need someone to listen to you when you are feeling low, someone who is unconnected from your situation, who won't be judging or advising, simply listening with care and understanding.

Life can sometimes feel completely overwhelming and I offer you time and space to explore and understand your troubling thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment. I understand that talking to someone about personal and painful issues may seem very daunting, therefore I offer our first session at no cost or obligation.

I will help you to express what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing. I will value your identity, treat you with respect and dignity, and help you find a way out of your difficulties.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications include:

  • Advanced Level Psychology [2000]
  • Cert Counselling Skills [2001]
  • Cert Counselling Theory [2001]
  • Advanced Cert Counselling Skills and Theory [2002]
  • Advanced Diploma Counselling and Psycotherapy [2003]

Courses I have undertaken to develop my skills and awareness include:

  • Adult Learning for people with Learning Difficulties (NOCN) [2004]
  • Play Therapy [2009]
  • Working Creatively with Clients [2010]
  • Dual Diagnosis [2013]
  • Solution-Focussed Communication [2013]
  • Psychologically Informed Responses to People with Personality Disorder Difficulties [2014]
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) [2015]
  • Child Protection [Fully up to date]
  • Working with Vulnerable Adults [Fully up to date]

I have also worked extensively as a Group Facilitator with:

  • OCD
  • Social Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social Coaching
  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Creative Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Communication
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional Eating
  • plus many more.

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.

Areas of counselling I deal with


Additional information

We can meet at my practice in Newquay, Cornwall or even via Skype. Please contact me if you would like any more details about me and my service and to arrange your free session. We can meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly, whichever you feel suits your lifestyle.

Your introductory session is free of charge.

Subsequent therapy sessions last for one hour and are £60 per session for individual therapy or £80 per session for couples/family therapy.

If you pay in advance I currently offer the following discounts:

5% off 5 sessions
(individuals £57 per session // couples and families £76)

10% off 10 sessions

(individuals £54 per session // couples and families £72)

You can pay on the day in cash or securely online with a credit or debit card on my website www.alisonannetherapy.com


Please contact me to arrange your free introductory session.

Further information

How can I contact you?

You can call me on ‭07792 372 122‬ or email me.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.


Alison Anne Bailey

Alison Anne Bailey