Alison Hunter Therapy - UKCP, MBACP
You may well be tired of pretending everything is ok, when you know things don't feel right. Or you may have a specific issue you want help with. As a qualified and experienced psychotherapist and counsellor, I can offer you time and space to explore some of these thoughts and decide whether counselling is for you. I offer a free initial telephone consultation to help you decide whether you would like to proceed with therapy.
I see counselling as working best within the support of a trusting, collaborative relationship and can offer you a place where you are safe to explore events and feelings from your past and present which are holding you back. Life can be really tough and having the chance to talk through what is going on for you with a qualified therapist, who offers you their full and undivided attention can be a real opportunity to start feeling more alive and in charge of things.
Starting therapy can be daunting and so in the first instance, I aim to help you feel at ease and supported in telling me about what has led you to seek counselling and psychotherapy. Through the establishment of a a trusting partnership, we would then begin to make sense of your problems together, how you see yourself, the world and your place within it. In working towards discovering more of what is emotionally true for you, the aim is that you develop further inner resources that enable you to think about what, if any, changes you wish to make.
You set the pace in therapy, I am there to act as a guide and work alongside you in your discoveries rather than give advice and be the 'expert'.
In my private practice in Glasgow's Southside and in the city centre, I offer both short-term goal-orientated counselling and more in-depth psychotherapy for adults experiencing a range of emotions affecting their quality of life.
Have a look at my website for more information and call or email me to arrange a free phone consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP and BACP registered Integrative Psychotherapist and Psychodynamic Integrative Counsellor.
Prior to retraining as a counsellor and psychotherapist, I worked for several years in Public Relations, both in the voluntary and commercial sectors. Whist I enjoyed many aspects of this work, I was always keen to establish myself in a career that chimed more with my values and interest in people's emotional wellbeing.
In addition to my work in private practice, I work as a counsellor at an agency in Glasgow and within a primary school in the city. I also undertake regular professional development training and supervision.
Qualifications and Training
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy - Metanoia Institute/Middlesex UniversityPostgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling - Middlesex University
Certificate in Counselling Children - Place2Be
COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate - University of Glasgow
Working with People with Eating Disorders - Tom Allan Centre
Suicide Prevention - Tom Allan Centre
Counselling Refugees and Asylum Seekers - Tom Allan Centre
Enhanced membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
I offer a free initial exploratory session with clients to discuss what they are looking for and whether we would like to work together. Following this, I charge £45 for a 50 minute session, payable by cash or online bank transfer.