Alison Reid MBACP (Accredited)
The Village Centre
12 Maxwell Drive
07531239367 / 07531239367
Are you feeling depressed or anxious, unable to make decisions? Do you worry that you'll feel like this forever? Sometimes problems can seem overwhelming and it's hard to work out a solution. But talking to someone does help. Being able to share your problems can make you feel less alone.
I am an accredited counsellor with many years experience and I can offer you a safe and confidential space in which to explore your difficulties. I work within a Person-Centred framework which means that I put you at the centre of therapy and I will work with you in whatever way I can to support you.
We all fear being judged and often that means we can’t be ourselves. It is my belief that the more you can be yourself the more you will be able to work out your own answers to problems. My job is to make you feel safe and supported so that you can develop your own resources and can find your own way to deal with difficulties in life.
I won’t tell you what to do but I do have a number of professional techniques which I can make available to you. I have studied CBT techniques and therapeutic writing and have found these very helpful in therapy.
We all spend so much time meeting other people’s needs that sometimes we forget about our own. Choosing to come for counselling is about valuing yourself, considering that you are worth taking time over.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited Counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a UKRC independent practitioner. I qualified as a Person-Centred counsellor from Strathclyde University and also have a Certicate in CBT.
I have worked in a variety of counselling settings NHS, Prisons, Public Sector, voluntary organisations and I have a wide experience of working with unemployment, illness and return to work services. I have worked in bereavement counselling for many years and also with people who are struggling to value themselves. I currently teach counselling to Diploma students at Strathclyde University.
I very much enjoy learning and constantly seek to develop my skills and knowledge so that I can offer you the best possible counselling. I also have a wide knowledge of other cultures gained whilst travelling abroad.
Cosca Supervision Certificate in Integrative Counselling
Diploma in CBT Univ of West of Scotland 2013
PG Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, Strathclyde University 2010
M Phil in Creative Writing, Glasgow University 2005
BSC Psychology Hons 2:1 Open University 2003
BA Hons 2:1 Literature/Philosophy Open University 1994
In addition to the above I frequently attend counselling workshops in such areas as trauma, sexual abuse, suicide, self harm and self awareness.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
I understand that it is a big commitment to begin counselling so I offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation to help you decide if you would like to work with me.
My fees are £40.00 an hour for individuals and £45.00 for couples. Reduced fees may be possible if you are in financial difficulty.
I offer counselling by Skype and also by telephone.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime, and evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a tutor on the part-time Diploma course at Strathclyde University and offer supervision to students and qualified practitioners.I also run supervision groups. I believe that supervision is an essential part of counselling. Having a safe space to consider our work helps us to grow and to take care of ourselves. I work in a humanistic/relational way and am happy to work with different modalities. .