My name is Alison Smith, a qualified accredited counsellor, and a registered member of the BACP. I believe counselling is about providing a safe, confidential place where you can feel free to talk openly and be heard. I aim to provide support, warmth, understanding and compassion within my counselling service to encourage personal growth.
I have worked within an emergency service setting and have experience working with trauma, work related stress, emotional conflict, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, illness and many other concerns. I have also worked for a well known charity for several years, working with a diverse range of age groups.
I believe it is important for clients to work at their own pace, so offer long term and short term therapy. Counselling can be difficult and painful but it can also be rewarding and life-enhancing.
If you feel I might be the right counsellor for you then please contact me either by email or telephone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor and registered member of the BACP. I work in a Humanistic and integrative way. I initially worked as a volunteer counsellor within the emergency services for 3 years. I have worked as a contracted counsellor for MIND, working with young people and adults. I currently work within occupational health setting via Employee Assistance Programme. As well as this I am an associate counsellor for a public service provider.
I continuously undertake courses to assist me in working in an integrative way so that I can bring different ways of working within counselling sessions.
Most recent courses:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which involves adaptive thinking. Enabling clients to understand and accept what cannot be changed.
I have also undertaken Counselling for Depression, Emotion Focused Therapy - which focuses on working at a deeper emotional level to combat anxiety and depression through recognising physiological triggers.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Anxiety, depression, stress, fear, divorce, abuse, low mood, low confidence, feeling sad, feeling down, low self esteem, sorrow, grief, loneliness, miscarriage, work stress, bullying
Concessions offered for
Individual sessions will last for 1 hour for a fee of £40.00
Concessionary rate available on a sliding scale
9 am to 7pm Monday to Friday
Hours 0900 to 1900
Monday to Friday