Alison Oxborrow

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BA hons Counselling, Registered MBACP
Available for new clients
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Didsbury M20 & Stoke On Trent ST3
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Do you feel despair following an affair, and wonder if there is a way to rescue your relationship? Do you keep repeating the same arguments over and over but nothing changes? Do fights leave both of you feeling criticised, blamed and judged? Do you feel lonely and dissatisfied; you still love each other but you’ve been growing apart for years and you long for the connection and joy you once shared together. If so, reconnection and healing are still possible.

Honest, open, safe dialogue is the transformative road to reconnection, healing and hope. Imago relationship therapy offers you the opportunity to learn how to talk to each other safely and vulnerably about your experiences in the relationship and work together to rebuild a strong and joyful partnership in which you both feel safe and loved. 

As you work with me I will:

  • Help you to reconnect with the positive in your relationship
  • teach you a simple dialogue tool which will help you to hear and understand your partner, even when their perspective is very different to yours
  • teach you how to express difficult things safely without criticism, blame or judgement.
  • help you identify the things that happen between you that get in the way of you connecting with each other.
  • help you to work out what is going on in those fights you keep having and then vulnerably communicate your needs to each other.
  • Help you to understand why you react the way you do when you feel criticized or threatened and teach you new ways to respond that will help your partner to hear you

Working with me you will gradually …

  • communicate more effectively
  • understand each other more deeply
  • reconnect emotionally
  • experience healing of old relationship wounds
  • rediscover love and joy in your relationship. 

Does that feel too much to hope for right now? That’s ok, it is my job to hold the hope for you until you have hope again.  It is not easy to get there, it takes courage, vulnerability, and a willingness by both of you to stretch and grow into new behaviour, but it is absolutely possible, and I will support you to get there.

If you think I might be able to help just drop me a line (please say where you are based and what time of day you are looking for, please note evening sessions are very sought after, so if you have daytime flexibility it is much easier to find available appointments) or give me a call.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a 1st Class degree in Counselling and 8 years counselling experience. I am a fully trained and Certified Imago Relationship Counsellor (Imago is a specialist form of therapy developed for couples) . I am also trained in Interpersonal mediation and Restorative Justice Facilitation. I began my professional career as a Solicitor specialising in Family Law and spent 6 years supporting people through all aspects of relationship breakdown and gaining an insight into the emotional and financial cost of divorce. I therefore have a wealth of experience in the area of relationships and relationship conflict which I now bring to my work with couples. 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I practice Imago Relationship Therapy with couples and this approach also guides my work with individuals who are struggling in relationships.


£50.00 - £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

  • £90 per hour couples, I generally recommend that you come for a 90 minute session (£135) fortnightly. Some couples do choose to come weekly particularly if they are finding it difficult to contain the tension at home.
  • £50 per hour for individuals

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Sessions in Didsbury on Monday (daytime & eve) & Tuesday (daytime)  and in Stoke on Tuesday evening, Wednesday,Thursday & Saturday.

The latest evening session I offer is 7pm.

Longton, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ST3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Alison Oxborrow
Alison Oxborrow