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MBACP (Accredited) NCS (Accredited)

About me

I offer a professional, warm and confidential counselling service to help people resolve their issues, enabling them to live a more effective and satisfying life without anxiety.

I have experience working in different Health Trusts with adults and young people who are experiencing Anxiety/Depression through issues such as work-related stress, bullying in the workplace/school, low self -esteem/confidence, social anxiety, relationship difficulties, abuse through neglect, physical, sexual, or financial, grief with loss/bereavement, addictions and trauma.

The testimonials from my clients confirm that they have felt safe to explore their deepest fears. They also expressed that they had built a relationship with me, which invited them to share their story without fear of judgement. I feel the relationship that is created in the counselling room must be built on equality and trust and from that, we begin the to take the first steps of letting go.

The Wellness Clinic was established in 2012.

Alison identified a need in the local area for a private counselling service due to waiting lists within the NHS being so long. Alison felt that people were not receiving help at the right time when it was needed most. People could then make the choice to either wait on the services provided by the NHS or they could be seen within a matter of days after making contact.

The ethos at the Wellness Clinic is to offer you a space to explore, process and reflect on your needs through counselling. This personal process will empower you to make informed choices and move forward in your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • National Counsel Society Accredited member
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy member (Reg)
  • FDSC in Counselling - University of Ulster
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural therapy (Level 5)
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP)
  • Level Three in Alcohol and Drugs awareness
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation  Reprogramming (EMDR) Qualified
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT- Tapping)
  • Qualified Cruse Bereavement Support Worker

I have worked in a GP surgery for a number of years helping people with a variety of different issues. Some people may find it difficult walking through the door for the first time. It can be a daunting experience. I see it as a sign of strength, they have taken the first step to working through what is going on for them. From my first meeting with clients I feel that they will see a person in genuinely interested in hearing their story. It is very important for me that the client feels that a trust is built within the first session, enabling them them to begin to tell their story. Together we will work collaboratively using techniques that will empower the client to take some new learning from each session.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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From £60.00 to £80.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • BUPA

Additional information


Fees & Terms

An initial consultation will explore your current issues, explore background history and establish the focus of treatment plan.

Fees for counselling sessions face to face

£80 per counselling hour.

Fees for Zoom counselling sessions

£80 per counselling hour

Fees for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapy designed to help people recover from traumatic events in their lives.

EMDR is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

£80 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Counselling Practice is open Mon to Fri From 9am to 5pm

Further information

Please see my Facebook page Counsellingwithalisonhughes@MagherafeltCS

Counselling With Alison, 8B Union Road, Magherafelt, County Derry/Londonderry, BT45 5DF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme