Alison Gallacher, COSCA Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
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?
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.
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.
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 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 believe that self-care is crucial to our mental health and will help you to prioritise this for yourself. My clients tell me that they feel listened to and have been helped to make positive steps to help deal with some of the difficulties they are facing.
I work with both individuals and couples.
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 https://www.ascension-counselling.co.uk/#contact.
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 have run workshops on building private practice to help other counsellors.
Training and Qualifications:
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Couples Counselling.
- 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
- COSCA Counselling Supervision Course
- 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)
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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
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
My fees are £50 per individual hourly session.
Couple Counselling is £60 per hour or £80 per hour and a half
Family Counselling is £80 per hour and a half.
Concessions offered for
Where to find me:
I work in Southside of Glasgow.
My southside practices provide a safe, private space.
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 southside office in G44 has free on street parking. It is conveniently situated for public transport with the nearest train station 5 minutes away.