Alison MacGregor MBACP
How we will work together
As an Integrative therapist, I draw on a number of different therapeutic approaches: Person-Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This means that I can be flexible; adapting my approach to best suit your individual needs.
My aim is to provide a safe, confidential space in which you will feel heard without fear of being judged, and where you will feel valued and accepted for who you are. I endeavour to meet you with compassion, warmth and genuineness. My role is not to advise you, but to support you as we explore the issues you bring to counselling. I believe that you should feel in control of what we cover and how we work together in our sessions. I aim to help you to gain a greater understanding of yourself and how you experience life, and to encourage you to tap into your inner resources to make positive change.
I have experience of helping clients work through a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, stress, self-harm, bereavement and loss.
I work with individuals - both adults and young people.
If you would like to make an appointment, call or email me; whichever feels most comfortable for you. I aim to get back to you within 24 hours of your enquiry. During this initial contact I may gather some details about you and your presenting issues. If you are happy to go ahead, we will make a first appointment.
How many sessions will I need?
It is not possible to give a time limit for therapy, as it depends on the nature of the problem. In our first session together, we will talk about the issues that have brought you to counselling and what you hope to gain from working together. This session will also give you time to consider whether I am the right counsellor for you.
Towards the end of this session we will discuss how the session has gone. If you feel that you would like to work with me, and I think that I can offer you the support you need, we can book a session for the following week. On the other hand, you may prefer to have some time during the week to reflect on this initial session before booking another appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Counselling Concepts
In addition to working within my private practice, until recently I worked for a national mental health charity providing counselling to adults, children and young people.
Professional Membership Details
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am guided by their ethical framework and procedures. In order to enhance my practice, I engage in regular supervision. I am committed to keeping my knowledge, skills and expertise up to date and I attend training and workshops regularly.
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
£42 for a one hour face-to-face session £30 for a one hour session online - only on Fridays.
Concessions offered for
I hold Professional Indemnity insurance for my counselling work and have a current DBS check specifically for my work with young people.
Please note that the rooms at The Hope Street Centre have no disabled access.