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Alison Hotchkiss

Langholm, Dumfries And Galloway, DG13
07703039216 07703039216

About me

Sometimes we can all feel a bit sad and blue. And that's OK.

Yet when these feelings seep into our heart and interfere with our daily life, it can appear scary and confusing.

Maybe, it is time to think about taking that first step to find a safe, private place where you can speak openly and honestly discovering your way through the challenges you are facing.

My therapy room can give you that space.

With me, you will find a qualified therapist who will listen to what you want to say, without judgement but with understanding, compassion and acceptance.

​We can work together, as you choose to make changes that will ease your distress and give you back control of your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered Member of BACP
  • COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate (2013)
  • COSCA Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland Specialist Module in Bereavement and Loss (2014)
  • University of Strathclyde Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (2016)
  • Counselling role with Carlisle Carers Centre, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland and a nearby secondary school.

Besides these qualifications, I regularly take part in Continuing Professional Development including:

  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Scottish Mental Health First Aid
  • ASIST - suicide intervention training
  • More Questions Than Answers - supporting people bereaved by suicide
  • Group Facilitation Skills

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


Initial telephone consultation FREE

​Individual client sessions £40 for 60 minutes - as I feel how we get on is so important for therapy to be successful, partial refund of first session if you think we cannot work together.

I hope to be able to provide counselling for everyone, regardless of their circumstances. I do offer some concessionary rates for people on low incomes. Please get in touch to talk this over.

​Employee Assistance Programme clients welcome please call for discussion and pricing plan.

Dumfries And Galloway

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


During school terms I am available most Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Flexible about evenings and Saturdays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Alison Hotchkiss

Alison Hotchkiss