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MBACP (Accred)

About me

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.

About Me:

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 and a PGCE for teaching in post compulsory education. I am due to start my training as a Therapeutic Supervisor in September.

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

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.


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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fee's are £50 for an Initial assessment (50 minute session). Prior to starting counselling we can arrange a free initial telephone consultation on request.
£50 each on-going session (50 minute session)

A concessional rate of £40 is available for counselling students and some individuals with low income. Please discuss this at the initial session.

Payment is via bank transfer or cash. EAP's, employers and agencies can be invoiced directly by arrangement.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday and Thursday between 9am - 7pm

Other daytime appointment availability is available on request.

Alison McSorley, B/1A The Courtyard, Station Road, Penarth, Vale Of Glamorgan, CF64 3EP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Alternative session location can be discussed for those clients with specific accessibility needs. Additionally online counselling is available.