Alison McSorley- MBACP (Accred)
How Counselling Can Help You:
Life can be complicated and many of us have times when we feel we aren't coping. Sometimes we can lose a sense of ourselves, finding it difficult to see a way forward. Counselling can give you space and time to explore your difficulties or anxieties; talking things through with an experienced, professionally-trained person can help you start to see things from a new perspective. Talking to someone who is trained to listen you can enable you to begin to make sense of your feelings and relationships and to make informed choices, to find answers and make changes.
As a counsellor I am here to listen to you, providing you with a warm, safe, and confidential environment in which to talk. I will help and support you. I don't give advice or pass judgement in any way and won’t try to persuade you to make any choices you're not comfortable with. The counselling focuses on you and your needs, exploring your thoughts and feelings.
The concerns people bring to counselling are very varied, sometimes people come with a very clear idea of what they believe is the cause of their distress, and others know only that their lives feel weighty and painful. In my work I emphasise that every individual is both unique and valuable, and that the issues that are brought are always worthy of attention.
Timing of Sessions:
Each session will last 50 minutes and is normally weekly at the same time every week. It is entirely up to you how long you come to counselling. Some people find the support they need in a few sessions. Other people like to come for longer. Short term work can help with a specific issue or simply offer some support in a time of crisis. Longer term work can lead to more profound changes.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Foundation Degree in Counselling, both courses are accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I also hold a B.Soc.Sc in Economic and Social History as well as a PGCE for teaching in post compulsory education.
I have undertaken a broad variety of training, recent training has included - Understanding and Working with Self Harm, Working with Transgender and Transhistoried clients, Domestic Abuse, Safeguarding, Working with Trauma and Children at Risk of Sexual Exploitation. I am a Mental Health First Aider and am ASIST (suicide first aid) trained.
Additionally I work as a lecturer in Counselling at a local college and have worked within Adult Education in the community. I also provide CPD for local community groups and national organisations providing training in stress management, confidence building and assertiveness.
I work with adults of all ages and young adults, from variety of backgrounds and have experience of working within many areas. I have provided counselling within an agency working with clients who have experienced a variety of concerns including - depression, loss, bereavement, lack of motivation, relationship and work related issues. In addition to my private practice I have worked with clients in an agency specialising with issues around domestic abuse and counsel clients in areas relating to behaviour, control, violence or abuse in relationships.
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor
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.
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
My fee's are £45 for an Initial assessment (50 minute session), a free initial telephone consultation on request.
£45 each on-going session (50 minute session)
A concessional rate of £35 is available for students and individuals with low income. Please discuss this at the initial session. There are additional concessional rates available for NHS and frontline staff at this time.
Payment is via bank transfer or cash at the end of our session.