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COSCA Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor

About me

Hello, my name is Alison.

When's the last time someone really listened to you? When did you have someone's individual attention without being interrupted or told what they would do?

How I can help you:

I know that there are times in life when things can get too much. Stress at work, relationship break-up, grief, loss and trauma are things that all of us can experience at times. This can leave us feeling anxious, overwhelmed or isolated. Life doesn't always run as smoothly as we would like and counselling can be a way of helping you through these tough times.

I work with both individuals and couples.

I have a wide range of experience of helping clients with issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, loss and bereavement and relationship issues. I can help you to look at some of the reasons for negative thinking patterns or addictive behaviours. I also have a lot of experience of helping clients work through anger issues.


I am offering face-to-face and online counselling in these times to help clients choose the best approach for their therapy. I strictly follow current guidelines for face-to-face counselling to ensure my clients feel safe.

Why come to counselling:

My clients come to counselling because something has happened to them or some strategy has stopped working. They find counselling to be a real benefit for them. They feel listened to without judgement. I understand that it will take a lot of courage for you to take the first step to counselling, so I will provide you with a safe and confidential space to talk. I will support you through your counselling at a pace that suits you and will commit to help you through this difficult time.

How I work:

Your counselling sessions put you at the centre of your counselling and I will use the approach that helps you the most. This may involve listening to you and helping you process how you are feeling ("Person-Centred"); working through your thoughts, behaviours and emotions ("Cognitive Behaviour Therapy" or CBT) or looking at how events of the past are affecting you now ("Psychodynamic"). During our first session we will decide together which approach will work best for you. I like to work with my clients and will explain the reasons for my approaches.

Couples Work:

Relationships can be difficult. You may feel that you have lost the ability to communicate effectively in your relationship without arguing. But, communication can be difficult if you are hurting. The two of you may find it helpful to have a third person there to talk through difficult issues or help a constructive conversation take place.


I am an experienced Counsellor and a fully accredited member of COSCA, whose ethical framework I adhere to.

If you would like to know more then please contact me using the "Call me" or "Message me" buttons or via my website at

Training, qualifications & experience


I have a wide range of experience working with individuals and couples in a variety of settings. Currently most of my work is within my own private practice but I have also worked within various counselling agencies and currently work as a counsellor within the Scottish Prison Service. I have experience of working with EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) clients.

I have my own private counselling practice which is based in the south side of Glasgow.  I am a trainer and run workshops on building private practice to help other counsellors.

Training and Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling.
  • COSCA Counselling Supervision Certificate
  • Master’s Degree in Psychology and Education

I undertake regular, continuous professional learning to keep my skills up to date. Recently, these have included:

  • Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Counselling Couples and Families : A Person-Centred Approach.
  • Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Assessment of Suicide and its prevention
  • Working with Young People and Complex Needs.

I am registered on the Private Practice Register and work with EAP Clients.

I am registered under the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)

Member organisations


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are £50 for individual session (60 minutes).

Couple Counselling is £70 (60 minutes) or £90 ( minutes)

Family Counselling is £70 (60 minutes) or £90 ( minutes)

When I work

I work weekdays and some evenings. Please contact me to check availability. I aim to respond within 24 hours on weekdays. I am working online and can offer some face to face sessions.

Further information

Where to find me:

I work in Southside of Glasgow and East Kilbride.

I have an office in Spiersbridge House at Spiersbridge Business Park in Thornliebank Glasgow G46. This has free parking. Spiersbridge Business Park is minutes away from Junction 3 off the M77.

My other office is at EK Counselling Hub, Suite 8, Jacobean House, The Village, East Kilbride, G74 4LY. Glebe Street car park is a low cost car park behind the building.

Spiersbridge Business Park, Thornliebank, Glasgow, G46 8NG

Unit 8, Jacobean House, 1a Glebe Street The Village, Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, G74 4LY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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There is a lift in Jacobean house in East Kilbride and in Spiersbridge House in Thornliebank

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In person

As a supervisor, I offer a safe space for counsellors to reflect on and explore their client work. I I also run a peer supervision group once a month.

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