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BSc (Hons) MBACP O. A. (Dip) Clinical Supervisor. IEMT

About me

                              "People don't need to be saved or rescued.

                                People need knowledge of their own power

                                And how to access it". Anonymous.

“When a person realises he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me”
Carl Rogers. A Way of Being (1995)

I am qualified as an Integrative Counsellor, using various theories to address a variety of concerns, these include:

Person Centred (Client Talking Therapy)
Psychodynamic (Exploring childhood and deep rooted issues)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Working together to resolve present day concerns)
Solution Focused (A goal directed collaborative approach)

Transpersonal: This is a holistic practice concerned with the body, mind and spirit.

Existential: This therapy focuses on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning, often cantering on you rather than on the symptom.

With these qualifications I am able to treat conditions such as Childhood Trauma, PTSD, anxiety, also depression, to name a few.

Client well-being and safety is paramount. The Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions states that we ‘put clients first’ and that the practitioner must be trustworthy, have respect for the client’s right to be self-governing, be committed to promoting client well-being, to avoiding harm, and be fair and impartial to all clients (BACP, 2016).

I adhere to promote these attributes, enabling client's to reach their full potential.

I offer a mobile facility (home visits), as I identify clients feel more comfortable in their own home than in an office environment. This in turn allows for a more relaxed connection between myself and my client, and so enables our therapeutic relationship to thrive, resulting in optimum healing.

Reduced fees available, please enquire.

Testimonials:

Last year I had a terrible time with anxiety, at first I didn’t know what it was however I knew it didn’t feel like me. I seen Alison not long after I was diagnosed with the anxiety. Alison was great, very patient and understanding. Her knowledge and counselling skills are fantastic. She helped me resolve so many issues I didn’t realise I had buried deep down inside me at the time that made me very angry, nervous and resulted into my anxiety. Alison gave me helpful tools to use from week to week to recover from my anxiety and she also helped me overcome my OCD. I seen Alison for 4 months and would highly recommend her to anyone, in fact I have passed her number on to a friend already. Alison is friendly and very professional and I wouldn’t hesitate to contact her for further counselling if I felt like I ever needed it again. I can’t thank Alison enough for what she has helped me with, she has made me feel more confident, no longer angry and let go of all the things that were holding me down. I feel my happy self again. Thank you Alison.

N. G.  W. Cheshire.

I don't know where I would be if I didn't have those sessions because they didn't just help me though the problems that I went knowing about but it also brought to attention things that I had struggled with earlier in my life and helped me to resolve them. It helped me to analyse situations that I was in, how to adapt and understand mine and other people's views and emotions.

A. B.   W. Cheshire

I had never undertaken any form of counselling before and was unsure what to expect but Alison immediately put me at ease.
She gave me tools to help me deal with a particular anxiety I was experiencing but after finishing the course of counselling I felt more confident in general and feel I have learnt to have a more positive outlook on lots of aspects of life. I would definitely recommend Alison to anyone thinking of counselling.

E.  W.   W. Cheshire.

I have been promoted at work, I don't feel I would ever have got to this place if it wasn''t for you.
I will feel forever grateful for how much you helped me.

R. G.     W. Cheshire.

Training, qualifications & experience

Riverside College Halton

Counselling Skills Level 2

Counselling Skills Diploma (Dip)

Staffordshire University:

Foundation Degree Science (FdSc)

Bachelors Degree Science with Honours (BSc Hons)

Qualification in Clinical Supervision

Qualification in IEMT (Integral Eye Movement Therapy)

I am a member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), adhering to the BACP Ethical Framework.


I am also a member of The International Alliance of Holistic Therapists.

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Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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.

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Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free half hour consultation, for you to decide if I am the right Counsellor for you, and to address your concerns. After which the fee will be

Home visits: £50 per hour

Office appointments £50 per hour

Telephone appointments: £40 per hour

(payable via emailed invoice).

Supervision is offered at £75 for 1.5 hours.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Friday 10am until 8pm.

I offer home visits for disabled persons, office appointments in Widnes, also telephone appointments.

Further information

I offer mobile appointments in Warrington, Widnes, Runcorn, Frodsham, Helsby and surrounding areas. Also office apt's in Warrington and Widnes.


I also offer Walk & Talk Therapy.

  • Walk & Talk Therapy is conducted outdoors; being surrounded by nature can be meditative and grounding.
  • Walking releases endorphin's through physical activity which can elevate your mood and spur more creative, deeper ways of thinking. Physical activity has also been shown to reduce levels of depression and anxiety and can help to prevent depressive symptoms.
  • You may find yourself anxious when confronting and talking about difficult issues in the traditional seated, face-to-face interaction. Walking in parallel with visual distractions may allow for easier engagement and help you get “unstuck”.

What to expect in your first session.

Finding a counsellor you feel comfortable with is so important, and so to give new clients peace of mind, I always use the first meeting as a chance for us to both find out whether we’ll work well together. Therefore our initial session of 30 minutes is completely free.

In this first session we will discuss your expectations from counselling and what, as a trained counsellor, I can help you with.

I will explain ethical issues with you such as contracting and ethical boundaries. We will also discuss practical issues such as times for and frequency of the sessions.

From there, you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you.

Many people ask how long counselling lasts, although it varies for every person. We can work on the challenges and difficulties for a ten week period initially, then the decision is yours whether to continue with more sessions.

What to expect from counselling.

People turn to counselling because they are feeling pain, this can include grieving (loss of person close to them, or loss of a way of life), trauma (which happened as an adult, or as a child) also debility, due to loss of control over their lives.

Together, we can identify the root cause of this situation, and agree on ways to resolve the current dilemma, allowing you to feel better about yourself and the world around you.

This can be achieved by viewing the various angles i.e. physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Physically, we can explore the changes that take place in the brain, (through neuroplasticity) when breaking old destructive thought habits and introducing new positive thought patterns. This results in creating new neural pathways, which allows the old to then disconnect, through no longer being in use. (If you don’t use it – you lose it!).

Mentally, we can introduce mantras to initiate the growth of these new neural pathways, allowing us to break the habit of returning to the previous way of thinking. (Repetition is the mother of all learning!).

Emotionally, we can connect to our feelings, paying attention to our instincts (gut feelings) and doing what ‘feels’ right, rather than what we ‘think’ is right, for ourselves. All to often people do what they think is best for other people, instead of ‘feeling’ what is best for themselves. This then results is a feeling of neglect of oneself.

Spiritually, we become aware of our inner strength, which we can learn to rely on to promote ‘self-care’, putting our needs first and foremost. This can be achieved either by meditating, or simply connecting to the space in between stimulus and our response (Mindfulness). We then use this space to decide on an outcome this in our best interest, and then act upon this decision made.

To promote self-care is not selfish, it is a necessity. We must look after ourselves in the same way we look after others, although we must make this our priority to ensure our own wellbeing.

Above all there is hope and trust, in a brighter future, and in yourself, to do what is right for you, and achieve positive changes.

Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1PG

24 Carlton Street, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6NP

Type of session

In person
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Both rooms I rent in Widnes and Warrington have wheelchair access, with rooms on the ground floor.

Additional languages

Only English

Supervision

In person
Phone

Our first appointment in supervision will identify if I am the correct supervisor for you.

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