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Alison Jackson BA (Hons) Adv Dip Couns Adv Dip Supervision Registered MBACP

Plymouth PL2 & Tavistock PL19 07980 442 171 07980 442 171
Plymouth PL2 & Tavistock PL19
07980 442 171 07980 442 171

About me


I am a fully qualified Integrative counsellor and counselling Supervisor (Registered MBACP) with experience in dealing with a wide range of clients and issues. I offer face-to-face counselling, email counselling, telephone counselling and online counselling via the free and encrypted Zoom video application or Doxy.me application.

Note: from 23rd March 2020 until further notice, all counselling sessions will be offered via an online platform or by telephone.

Are you looking for a counsellor or wondering whether counselling might help you?

Counselling can help when we feel things are going wrong with our lives. Counselling can help us to understand the things that are going wrong and to work out what we can do to deal with them.

Life can be very complex, busy and demanding. We may feel we do not have the space to explore what is happening. We may not think we have a trusted person with whom we can share our personal, and possibly painful, experience.

Seeking counselling is not a sign of weakness. In counselling, you build a trusting relationship with your counsellor who will help you address the issues you want to face. Counselling requires courage and commitment, and choosing the right counsellor to work with is crucial.

I offer face to face counselling in Plymouth (PL2). I also work in Tavistock (PL19).

About Me

I was trained as an Integrative Counsellor. This means I believe that no one theory will either make sense of or be entirely applicable to every person. Neither will one approach or technique help all people. I work with people in whatever way helps them to resolve the issue they have chosen to address.

We can experience difficulty in a number of ways: in our thoughts; in ourbridge.jpg feelings; in our bodies and in our spirits. My approach is to explore where the blocks lie and work with a person to help them move forward.

Broadly speaking my approach is humanistic and optimistic because I believe in the essential goodness of people, their innate drive to develop and their ability to use their inner resources to resolve difficulties.

I employ approaches and methods from Person-Centred Counselling, Mindfulness, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Transpersonal Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychosynthesis.

As well as being a qualified and experienced counsellor, I am also a qualified teacher. I have taught English & Drama in Secondary schools, worked with children with learning difficulties (Autism, Aspergers and ADHD), with adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities and was employed in a University Chaplaincy. For four years I worked for a charity offering low-cost counselling. I am a qualified Supervisor which means I supervise the work of other counsellors.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Adv Dip Couns) accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and am on the accredited register of the BACP. I also hold an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Supervision and I supervise the work of other counsellors.

I have completed Clinical Trauma Training (Complex / Developmental Trauma / PTSD): The Institute of Psychosynthesis' Fundamentals of Psychosynthesis course: CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) training and courses in Mindfulness and in Transactional Analysis. I have been trained as a Samaritan Counsellor for Samaritans.

I have attended additional courses on: anxiety, depression and CBT; eating disorders; self-harm; domestic abuse; bereavement; dying; body therapy; anger; children and adolescents counselling.

I work within the BACP's Code of Ethics. I receive regular supervision as required by The Ethical Framework of BACP.

I have a Privacy Policy which I explain to clients during the introductory session and, with my clients’ permission, I keep written records in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (May 2018). I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office as a keeper of personal data.

I hold an Enhanced DBS check (used to be called CRB check) and am fully insured.

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

  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


Face-to Face Counselling

It is important for you to find the right counsellor to work with.
I offer an initial one hour consultation costing £20 at the end of which you can decide whether or not to proceed with further sessions.

Further sessions are booked on a session-by-session basis. Counselling can be short- or long-term depending on your needs and goals.

The standard fee for one hour is £45 per session, payable at the end of each session by cash, cheque or BACS.

A limited number of concessions may be available for students and those in receipt of benefits. I also offer a reduced rate of £35 per session for trainee counsellors.

Missed appointments or cancelled sessions are chargeable in full, apart from exceptional circumstances when an agreed portion of the fee will be payable.

Sessions usually take place once a week, however this can and does change according to the individual needs of the client.

The therapy centres I use in Tavistock and Plymouth have free parking outside the premises.

How Does Email Counselling Work?
You send your email (up to 1000 words) to the secure email counselling address emailcounselling@cuthbertcounselling.co.uk.
Each 1000 word email along with my response constitutes one counselling session. I will respond to emails within two working days.
It would be helpful if your first email included the following details:
some background information about yourself including your gender, age, marital and work status and any relevant health issues.
Why you are seeking counselling, if you have received counselling previously and what the issues are that you want to address now.

All payments for email counselling are made via the website www.cuthbertcounselling.co.uk using the free and secure payment method Paypal. Paypal secure payments allows you to pay via your paypal account or via credit card, debit card or e-cheque. Paypal is a leading secure payment gateway, it uses SSL encryption to ensure that your details remain safe. You do not have to have a Paypal account to make your payment.
To Receive Email Counselling

Select the number of Email Counselling sessions your would like:
1 Email Counselling session - £20
3 Email Counselling sessions - £57 (save 5%)
6 Email Counselling sessions - £108 (save 10%)
Pay for your Email Counselling sessions using the link to Paypal at www.cuthbertcounselling.co.uk/sessions-and-fees.html
Send your Email to emailcounselling@cuthbertcounselling.co.uk.
I will respond to your email within two working days.

How does online counselling work?

Send a request for online counselling to alison@cuthbertcounselling.co.uk

One hour sessions can be booked session by session.

Payment for sessions is made by BACS (details will be supplied) on the day of the session.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Further information

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a process which enables a person to bring about change and transformation in their life.flower.jpg

Counselling is usually performed face-to-face in regular confidential sessions between the counsellor and the client.

The counsellor creates a safe space for the client which is accepting and non-judgemental. The counsellor helps the client to become aware of their own experience, to come to an understanding of that experience and to make choices and decisions about what their values and beliefs are, and how they want to think, feel and behave. Counselling aims to support a person in finding an approach that works for them.

Many people seek counselling at times of change or crisis in their lives. Past experiences or current situations may be preventing a person from moving forward with their life. Counselling can also be helpful at any time of life as a method for increasing our understanding of ourselves and others.

Counselling can be short- or long-term depending on what the client wants to address.

Who can Benefit from Counselling?

We seek counselling for various reasons.

There are times when we do not know how to move forward. We may feel overwhelmed, lost, alone or stuck. We may not understand what is happening to us. We may feel we no longer know who we are. We may not know how to make the changes we want to make in our lives.

We may be able to identify a specific experience as causing our distress or we may be experiencing symptoms which are making it difficult for us to live life fully.

Some of the reasons people may seek counselling are
  • Depression
  • Abuse or neglect (past and present – emotional, physical, sexual)
  • Trauma and violence
  • Work problems/stress
  • Relationship issues / breakdown
  • Affairs and betrayals
  • Family issues
  • Unemployment and debt
  • Low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Bereavement, loss and separation
  • Gender, sexuality and identity issues
  • Ill health or disability
  • Living with dementia
  • Addictions, obsessions and compulsions
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Feelings of emptiness and meaninglessness
  • Loss of feelings
  • Anger, rage, jealousy and feeling out of control
  • Sleeplessness, fatigue, confusion and inability to function in daily tasks
  • The pain of not being heard, understood or accepted
...but people may seek counselling for other reasons

A counselling session is not going to provide a miracle ‘cure’ for the problems you are facing. Counselling can help you to live life more fully and freely, to enjoy your life and relationships and to become the person you would hope to be.

Plymouth Natural Health And Healing Centre
175 Outland Road

Abbey Mead Natural Health Centre
7 Plymouth Road
PL19 8AU

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
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


Tuesday appointments in Plymouth. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday appointments in Tavistock. Email, telephone & online counselling via online platform (flexible days and times)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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I am an experienced MBACP registered Integrative Counsellor with an Advanced Specialist Diploma in Clinical Supervision.

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