About me

Are you facing difficulties, perhaps feeling stuck and unsure how things can change? I can help you explore your experiences, strengthen your inner resources and move forward with your life. I offer a professional, personable approach with both short and long-term counselling options to fit your needs. 

My Therapy Practice 

I am a professionally qualified, BACP Accredited Counsellor currently offering online and in person therapy. I work with individual adults and offer a flexible, integrative approach tailored to your needs.

For the past 10 years I have provided counselling within the Higher Education sector to a diverse population of students and staff presenting with a variety of issues. I have extensive experience of working with issues such as: Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Stress, Low self-esteem, Low self-confidence, Loneliness, Identity and Relationships.  ​

Experiencing a trusting and purposeful therapeutic relationship is key to you getting the most out of your counselling, and I care deeply about creating a space in which you feel listened to and safe to explore your inner world. I apply my skills with warmth and honesty, collaborating with you to help find a way through the issues you face. 

I am trained in both Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centred Therapy and work integratively. I believe in using the approach and techniques that are right for you, to help you explore personal difficulties, gain clarity, make life-enhancing changes and improve your wellbeing. For more detailed information on my therapeutic approach please see my website.

As an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) my practice adheres to the BACP ‘Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions’ and I undertake regular supervision.  I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and I am committed to on-going Continued Professional Development (CPD). I also have an Enhanced DBS certificate.

Why consider counselling?

Life presents challenges that can sometimes feel overwhelming and having an objective, non-judgemental professional to help make sense of these experiences can help. Counselling can be challenging but most rewarding.  You might be considering counselling for any number of reasons.  I can work with you to explore your thoughts and feelings, strengthen your own internal resources and consider new strategies to help you manage your difficulties. 

Taking the first step

I appreciate that taking the first step into counselling can be somewhat daunting. It is often helpful to start with an informal, no obligation, brief phone call to discuss what you would like to explore in therapy and to answer any questions you may have about the process.  If you then decide you would like to proceed, we can book an appointment for your first counselling session. 

The first counselling session is a chance to gain an understanding of the issues you face and what you might hope to achieve from therapy. It is also an opportunity for us to have a better sense of whether I am the right counsellor for you. If I think I can help with the particular issues you bring, and you would like to proceed with further appointments, then we can agree a plan for further sessions tailored to your needs.

Ongoing sessions would be dedicated to helping you manage your difficulties and find appropriate ways to move forward and reach your desired outcomes. Sessions are usually held weekly but can be arranged to fit your personal requirements. Both brief and long-term therapy are options available to you.  You may like to work with an open contract or arrange a fixed number of sessions. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Training

  • Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Accredited Register)
  • Bachelor of Science Foundation Degree in Counselling (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Person-Centred)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts
  • RARPA Level 2 Certificate in Transactional Analysis
  • Bachelor of Education Honours Degree 2:1 

Much of my clinical experience has been acquired from working within a Higher Education setting supporting both students and staff with a wide range of presenting issues.  Other experience includes working for charities such as Cruse Bereavement Care, supporting people working through bereavement, and Safeline, supporting adult survivors of sexual abuse. 

Additional Training

  • Bereavement and Grief
  • Depression
  • Working with suicide and suicidal ideation
  • Post-traumatic growth
  • Authenticity and why it matters
  • Working with survivors of sexual abuse
  • Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Self and Identity

Fees

Additional information

Online sessions* cost £50 and last 50 minutes.

In Person sessions cost £60 and last 50 minutes.

Fees are payable via BACS transfer at least 48 hours in advance of each session.  48 hours’ notice is required for cancellations, or the full fee will be incurred.

*All online appointments are via webcam using Microsoft Teams which is a secure and confidential platform. Please feel free to get in touch via phone or email or view my website for more information.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Knowle
Solihull
West Midlands
B93

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Alison Jones

Alison Jones