Who Am I?
My name is Alison and I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and clinical supervisor, currently registered with the BACP. I guess that if you're reading this you probably have something you would like help with and you may be considering counselling.
Yes, I am a qualified counsellor but I am also just a regular person who experiences what it is to be human too!
This is what you can expect from me:
- I believe that you are the expert of your own life – I will support you to make sense of your feelings and I will work at your pace, dealing with the matters that are most important to you
- I am interested in people and enjoy exploring what makes us say, think or do what we do – I will listen to you without judgement and together we will look for any unhelpful patterns of behaviour or negative ways of thinking and feeling, that might be holding you back from living a happier life.
- I am able to bear the difficult, stressful things that happen to people during their lives like loss, betrayal, abuse, trauma, etc. so nothing is off limits to talk about in your session, "a problem shared" and all that....
- I am a great listener and people find me really easy to talk to
And Where Do I Come from?
I am originally from Glasgow and I believe that some of the qualities I bring from my Scottish culture such as being down-to-earth, realistic and pragmatic – as well as a sense of humour, are all incorporated into my counselling work. It has been proven in studies, over and again, that the single most important factor in making counselling effective, is the quality of the relationship between client and counsellor. It is always my genuine intention to offer a good-quality, trusting and therapeutic relationship to each person who comes to see me for counselling. I never underestimate how hard it can be to take the first step of contacting me for help and I endeavour to make that step as easy and comfortable for you as I can. Together we can explore what it means, for you to be human. Whilst doing so, we shall aim to discover what might be preventing you from living a happier and more fulfilling life and together find ways to improve your lot.
As human beings, I believe that we are socially designed to share our lives with others. Establishing a healthy and supportive relationship with your counsellor can help you develop new ways of relating to yourself and others and in turn you can look to a brighter future, which, I believe we all deserve!
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
Solution Focused Therapy Skills
Specialist Adoption Counselling Skills (Ofsted Approved)
Couples Therapy Skills
I have worked for many years supporting people who have experienced relationship issues including domestic and/or sexual abuse including childhood sexual abuse and neglect.
I currently provide counselling for young people and adults at BarnetSouthgate College.
I am an approved specialist adoption counsellor with Barnardo's LINK. (Adoption Support Agency)
I previously provided counselling at Rephael House Counselling Centre, Women's Trust, East London Rape Crisis, Hackney DV Counselling Service and Sangam Counselling Service in Burnt Oak.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specilaist Adoption Counsellor (Ofsted Approved)
Individual Session: £50 Concession fees are considered in certain circumstances please enquire at initial contact.
Call me for a brief chat or to book an initial, exploratory session and we can take it from there. If you get my voicemail, I may be with a client, leave me a message and I will return your call, as soon as possible.