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About me

Welcome to my page. I’m a MBACP registered Counsellor, Psychotherapist  and Supervisor specialising in self-belief, confidence and family wellbeing.

I work with people aged 14 to adult for individual therapy.

I am currently meeting with people online using Zoom (video)

Counselling changed the course of my life and has done so for many others too. It takes courage to ask for support and I will do all I can to make your experience comfortable and beneficial.

I specialise in helping people to:

·         believe in themselves

·         feel more resilient and able to cope

·         form healthier relationships.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can offer you a safe and accepting place for you to share thoughts, feelings and emotions in a way that you may be unable to do -for any reason- with friends and family. I welcome you to explore whatever is troubling you, so that you can find a more comfortable way of being.

You are in the right place if you would like to:

·         have a safe and accepting place to share your story

·         have mental clarity

·         feel more confident

·         be more comfortable in your relationships

·         achieve your personal goals

.         talk about difficult experiences

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 in 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.

If you'd like to learn more about me, or join me on my mission to improve self belief, please visit my websites or follow me on social media.




I am founder to The Self-Belief Project where I help concerned parents to boost self-confidence in their children. I share resources and activities which create open hearted coversations through activities and connection. Join me here https://www.facebook.com/groups/selfbelief

I have courses available for children and teens age 8-12 and 13-18, please see https://www.selfbeliefproject.co.uk

If you are a parent looking for resources, advice and tips to boost self-belief, resilience and confidence in your children, please join my group - https://www.facebook.com/group/selfbelief

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
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (ACTO and BACP approved)
Diploma in Life Coaching

Other Training:-

  • Anxiety
  • Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Critical Voice
  • Counselling with Children and Young People
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Addictions
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Building Resilient Families
  • Gender, Sex and Sexuality
  • LGBTQ+
  • Working with Suicide and Suicide Awareness
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Congruence in Person Centred Counselling
  • Relationships
  • Safeguarding Children and Adults (Level 3)
  • Wellbeing at Work
  • First Aid for babies, children and adults

I have 18 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)

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

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


£47.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

I offer a free, 20 minute, no obligation initial assessment (online/phone) -This gives us both the opportunity to see if we could work together. It is important that you get the right therapy for you, and we feel comfortable working together.

Individuals - £47 per 50 minute session

10% off concessions available for counsellors in training 

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Further information

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.

Newcastle Under Lyme

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Types of client

Young people


I provide a supportive, collaborative and non-judgemental space for you to reflect and gain clarity. Expereince with children, yp' and adults (online)

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Alison Hollingshead PgDip, BSc(Hons). MBACP Psychotherapist and Supervisor

Alison Hollingshead PgDip, BSc(Hons). MBACP Psychotherapist and Supervisor