BA, FdSc, MBACP
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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. I have a wealth of life experience to draw on which supports my therapeutic training, this includes loss, bereavement, divorce, parenthood, sexual abuse and depression.
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
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
I offer a free initial 30 minute face to face / phone / online session.
£40 for a 1 hour session.
I work face to face, by telephone or online, whatever fits in best with your lifestyle.