About me

Hello, I'm Alison and I'm a fully qualified, experienced person-centred counsellor.  Before training as a counsellor, my professional background was as a facilitator working in sensitive areas such as sexual health, menstruation, motherhood, ageing and chronic illness.  My years in the marketing industry gave me first-hand experience of a high pressure, demanding work environment and struggling to manage the work-life balance.

What you can Expect

As a person-centred counsellor and therapist, I believe that no one knows you better than you know yourself,  so my role is not to analyse the things you tell me or make my own assumptions about your experiences.  Instead, I will be right there with you as we explore the reasons you have come to counselling, with gentleness and without judgement.  I'm trained in helping you to talk about and work through your personal problems, supporting you in reaching the root causes and focusing on healing.  I am an expert in guiding people through a variety of situations and will be able to help you to clarify issues, explore options, develop strategies, increase self-awareness and focus on what really matters to you.

I won't give you the answers, but I'll help you to find them.

Training, qualifications & experience

FdSc Person-Centred Counselling (accredited by the BACP), University of Brighton

Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

Certificate in Counselling Skills (Person-Centred), East Sussex College

BA (Hons) Lib Studies, University of West London

TA101 Transactional Analysis, The Link Centre

Practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), NLP World

Counselling for Problem Gambling and Affected Others, Gamcare

Bereavement Counselling, St Wilfrid's Hospice

Independent Visitor for children in care, CGL

Certificate in Menopause Support

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.

Therapies offered


Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer a free initial 30 minute face to face / phone / online session.

£40 for a 1 hour session.

Further information

I work face to face, by telephone or online, whatever fits in best with your lifestyle.

East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

DBS check

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