Alison Hollingshead PgDip. BSc(Hons). MBACP Psychotherapist and Supervisor
Children, young people and adult Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor
I am passionate about working with people therapeutically and creatively to help improve self-awareness and explore emotional and psychological discomfort or distress.
I am warm, accepting and passionate about empowering others.
My promise to you:-
- I will accept you and your experiences unconditionally and without judgement.
- I will be genuine, honest and transparent in the hope that you feel comfortable sharing your experience.
- I will listen deeply to you, so you know that I hear your experience.
Most of us experience psychological distress as some point in our lives. Our experiences impact on us in a variety of ways, and we can often build up difficult feelings such as anger, anxiety or low mood. As our experiences are so individual, our aims of counselling are also different. I welcome anyone, so please get in touch.
I offer a free, no obligation, 20 minute appointment to give us both the opportunity to see if we are comfortable working together, as it is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. In this session you have the opportunity to share your reasons for accessing counselling and ask any questions you may have.
With the nurturing and therapeutic space that I provide, we can work together through any issues to reach a more manageable place for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervisor - MIP Certificate in Supervision
Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate 1 & 3 Counselling
BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Critical Voice
- Mental Health Awareness
- Gender, Sex and Sexuality
- Trauma and Abuse
- Building Resilient Families
- Working with Suicide and Suicide Awareness
- Counselling with Children and Young People
- Bereavement and Loss
- Equality and Diversity
- Congruence in Person Centred Counselling
- Safeguarding Children and Adults
- Wellbeing at Work
- First Aid for babies, children and adults
I have 15 years experience working in the mental health field within a variety of settings including:-
Private Care Sector
Older people’s mental health (Private and NHS)
Physical disability (NHS and Private)
Learning Disability (NHS)
Primary Care Mental Health (NHS)
Secondary Care Mental Health (NHS)
Adult Mental Health Carers (3rd Sector)
Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling (3rd Sector)
Mental Health in the Community (3rd Sector)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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I offer a free, 20 minute, no obligation initial assessment -This gives us both the opportunity to see if we could work together. For me it is important that you get the right therapy for you, and you must also feel comfortable working with me.
Individuals - £40 per 50 minute session.
Student Counsellor Concessions available.
I take payment a week upfront. The cancellation policy will be discussed in the 20 minute initial assessment.
I accept cash, card, paypal or cheque.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP which means that I agree to adhere to their ethical framework, I attend professional supervision on a monthly basis, hold indemnity insurance, have a clear and enhanced DBS, and regularly attend appropriate professional training.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Daytime and evening appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training