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

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

Plymouth Natural Health And Healing Centre
175 Outland Road

Abbey Mead Natural Health Centre
7 Plymouth Road
PL19 8AU

07980 442 171

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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 and email counselling to individual clients.

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.

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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.

I am flexible regarding days and appointment times.

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

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.

Maps & Directions

Plymouth, PL2 3PY
Tavistock, PL19 8AU

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


Tuesday afternoon and evening appointments are available in Plymouth. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and evening appointments are available in Tavistock.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

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

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