Who Am I?
My name is Alison and I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and clinical supervisor, 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. We will explore alternative perspectives and reframe difficult experiences.
- 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 will 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
Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
Advanced Level Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
Short Term Solution Focused Therapy Skills
Specialist Adoption Counselling Skills (Ofsted Approved)
Couples Therapy Skills
I worked for many years supporting people who have experienced relationship issues including domestic and/or sexual abuse including childhood sexual abuse and neglect.
Alongside working within my private practice, I currently provide counselling for young people and adults at BarnetSouthgate College. I work with a range of issues including anxiety, self harm, low self esteem, lack of motivation, etc.
I am an approved specialist adoption counsellor with Barnardo's LINK. (Adoption Support Agency) and offer counselling to pre- adopters, adopted people, adoptive families and birth families.
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)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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)
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Individual Session: £50 Concession fees are considered in certain circumstances please enquire at initial contact.
When I work
Appointments available Monday - Friday between 9am - 8pm.
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.