Alison Shoemark

Alison Shoemark


07507510468 / 07507 510 468

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About me

As a person centred counsellor I aim to meet clients in the spirit of transparency and mutuality, offering a safe and therapeutic environment within which  concerns that are causing distress or unease can be explored. I have a background in nursing and extensive experience in palliative care and bereavement counselling. Mindfulness has been a key element of my development as a person and as a counsellor.

Spirituality is central to me and I regularly practice Mindfulness and Meditation; I became interested in meditation during my own counsellor training in the mid 80's and, with its focus on kindness, genuineness, acceptance and gentle, non-judgemental curiosity, find it invaluable in supporting my awareness of my inner world and in bringing me closer to an ever deepening self acceptance.

I work from home in a peaceful and quiet village between Aberdeen and Banchory. There is unrestricted parking and a bus about 5-10 minutes walk away. Please do email me if there's anything else you'd like to know. I look forward to meeting you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a background in nursing and subsequently specialised in palliative care, working in a hospice and then as a Macmillan nurse which led me to explore counselling and eventually to a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy FDI 1988 (FDI subsequently became PCT (Scotland).

Supervision: I have been supervising counsellors since 1990 and in 1991 was involved with conceptualising and setting up a certificate in person-centred counselling supervision through PCT(Scotland).

Mindfulness and Meditation: I have done a number of mindfulness/meditation training courses ranging from Tibetan and Western Buddhist meditation and Brahma Kumaris meditation in the 80s to more recently Mindfulness training courses based around cognitive therapy and stress reduction.

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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

The above list is not definitive and I am open to working with you and with whatever issues you bring that are causing you concern. I welcome an informal discussion,  either on the 'phone or by  email, prior to a first meeting.


My fee is £45 per hour for counselling or counselling supervision. Please ask if you would like to negotiate the fee.

Further information

Previously: I trained as a Nurse in Edinburgh in the 60s, completed a Cancer Nursing Certificate at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London and subsequently focused on working with people affected by cancer both in Hospice and Community settings as a Macmillan Nurse. This work included extensive and intensive Bereavement Counselling.
I have had many years experience of working with, and supporting others to work with, people who have experienced sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse and trauma in its widest context.

I am  a Practitioner Member of COSCA

Maps & Directions

Banchory, AB31

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

There are 2 steps to my door, no supporting rail.


I'm available to meet on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the daytime.

Types of client


Supervision & training

As a person-centred counselling supervisor I see supervision as a relationship where my part is to offer a safe, supportive yet challenging space in which supervisees (student or qualified) can have space to explore and reflect on themselves in relation to their counselling work.

Online supervision:No
Telephone supervision:Yes
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