"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.
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)
Foundation Degree Science (FdSc)
Bachelors Degree Science with Honours (BSc Hons)
Qualification in Clinical Supervision
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.
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
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 £50 per hour for home visits. and walk & talk, for office office apt's the cost is £60 payable by cash or card at apt. Telephone apt's cost £40 payable via emailed invoice. Supervision is offered at £70 for 1.5 hours.
Monday to Friday 10am until 8pm.
I offer a mobile facility, also office apt's in Widnes and Warrington, in addition to walk & talk and telephone therapy.
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.