Alison Preston. P.Dip. MBACP Registered
Hello and thank you for visiting my page.
I am a qualified therapist/counsellor and supervisor, and registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), adhering to the BACP's code of conduct and ethics.
Currently, due to Covid-19, I am working via telephone or online via zoom. I am also open to the possibility of meeting up in the open air, in an agreed safe space, for walk and talk sessions, or social distance meetings, should this feel like an option for you following an initial telephone chat.
I believe in people as individuals; their endeavours, their challenges, their turmoil and their stories. I am passionate about the work I do and will work collaboratively with you to establish your needs, struggles, aims and hopes.
I feel that each person has the potential for positive growth by gaining greater insight and a fresh perspective on their life, allowing recognition of their own personal strengths and possibilities.
What can I offer you? Whatever issue you bring to the therapy space it can be valuable to work with someone who is totally independent from your life.
I offer a compassionate and relational approach, with a willingness to work at your own pace and to your own agenda, which gives you the opportunity to feel, to think and to fully explore your own feelings within an understanding, non-judgemental and confidential relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- PG Certificate in Clinical Supervision
- Volunteer Counsellor at local Hospice
- Volunteer Counsellor at local branch of a National Mental Health Charity.
- I undertake regular ongoing training and workshops for personal and professional development and attend regular supervision.
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
I offer you a FREE 30 minute initial consultation. This will be an opportunity for you to see if I am the right counsellor for you and if we feel we can work together.
Subsequently, my fees are £35 per session (I hour), payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
Mon, Tue, Thurs 9am - 6pm , Wed 2pm - 6pm Fri 9am - 12pm.
To contact me you can reach me either on email or on 0777 397 2250. If I am unable to answer, there is a voicemail option to leave a message, or if you would prefer to send a text to ask me to contact you, I can contact you at your convenience. Please do get in touch.
If arriving by car there is access to various car parks nearby: Midway multi-storey, Ryecroft, Merrial Street.
If arriving by bus: Exit from Newcastle Bus Station into Hassell Street, and then continue along Castle Walk. At the end, turn right into Ironmarket, and I am in the next building, on the left hand side, just past the old library.
The therapy room is accessed by stairs.