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About me

Are you going through a difficult time in your life? Have you lost someone close and struggling to cope? Have you suffered a relationship breakdown, lost your job and feel hopeless and anxious about the future?

If so, I am here to support you following a bereavement, redundancy, breakdown of a relationship or any other loss.

For most of us the loss of someone who played an important part in your life or with whom you had a close 'bond 'will be the most distressing experience we will ever face. Death in particular is not something people want to talk about, so it is easy to feel isolated and alone when you are grieving.

Loss can affect people in different ways and there is no right or wrong way to feel. It is normal to experience a range of emotions such as shock, anger, fear, guilt, depression, anxiety and confusion which can feel overwhelming at times and have a significant impact on your well-being.

There can be many challenges following a loss and many people worry about how they are going to cope and what the future may hold.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a lot of experience of working with bereavement and loss.  I have worked as a volunteer at a dedicated bereavement counselling service in Liverpool city centre and in private practice for many years. I can offer you a supportive, non-judgemental and safe environment that will enable you to explore and understand your feelings.

I can help you think creatively about the challenges that can follow the loss of a loved one or any other loss.  I can work with you to solve any problems and help you develop strategies that will help you cope. I can help you resolve any lingering emotional problem such as anxiety and depression and help you regain control of your life

Counselling is a unique experience and "one size doesn't fit all" I often use a variety of approaches in my work (psychodynamic, CBT ) to suit the particular problem and needs of the individual.

I am member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within their Ethical Framework.

I am passionate about my work and am interested in exploring any issue you bring. I have had the privilege to work with some amazing clients over the years and continue to learn so much from them. This has enabled me to develop as a counsellor

I currently work as a volunteer in a dedicated counselling service in Liverpool city centre and provide a flexible and affordable private counselling service in Huyton. I offer weekend and evening appointments to suit your busy schedule.

Your first session

Finding a counselor who suits you is important but not always easy. To aid with this, I provide a short initial consultation free of charge.  If you then feel that I am someone you would feel comfortable to work with, then I can arrange to see you either weekly/fortnightly at a convenient time. I offer out of hours appointments for people who work in the day.

Please call or email me to arrange your free initial consultation to discuss what is troubling you and how I can help.


  • Diploma in Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in counselling skills

Member organisations


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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic


Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40.00 per session, concessions available.


I provide a flexible and affordable private counselling service in Huyton. I offer weekend and evening appointments to suit your busy schedule.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Premises not accessible by wheelchair at the moment, however can offer other accessible services, such as Zoom/Skype or telephone counselling.

Alison Richards - Bereavement counsellor, MBACP

Alison Richards - Bereavement counsellor, MBACP