Alison Sowerby

BA (Hons), MBACP - Integrative Counsellor
Bishop Auckland, Durham, DL14 6XB
07812 053 231 07812 053 231

About me


My name is Alison. I studied at Bishop Auckland college where I was trained to work integratively which means I use tools from different models of counselling in my practice. I studied at Sunderland University where I obtained my BA (Hons) degree.

During my teenage years, my school provided counselling for me that improved my confidence and self-esteem showing me that counselling can positively affect a person's life as it did mine.

My youngest child was born with disabilities I learned through experience that families like mine face hardships and heartache which need support.  As my daughter grew she had counselling that helped her to accept herself and enjoy life to her capabilities. These experiences sparked in me a desire to support children with disabilities and their families.

I also support couples who have been told to expect a child with disabilities to help them through their difficult time and the decisions they have to face.

You can contact me via email or phone to set an initial session where we will discuss what you want to gain from counselling. If you're happy to continue we will set up sessions either weekly or fortnightly.

Training, qualifications & experience

Along with my foundation degree and bachelor of arts I have trained in using Drawing and Talking and Rewind.

Drawing and talking is a technique devised by Dr. John Allen to allow a child to visually express worries from deep within their mind that they would not be able to talk about. Over 12 sessions the child can create a story through pictures that sort things out symbolically.  I have found this to be a powerful tool to help children feel better. 

The rewind technique is a method of de-traumatising people by using deep relaxation along with imagination to process distressing memories.  It has also been used in removing phobias.  I have used the relaxation part of this technique with clients as a meditation therapy that can be used by the client at home for relaxation purposes.

Level 1 British Sign Language

I have also done level 2 in Mental health awareness, understanding diabetes, and the principles of dementia care.  I have also completed an understanding of autism course.

I'm a volunteer counsellor for Butterwick Hospice where I see clients with issues relating to bereavement, long-term illness, and end of life. I have volunteered there since 2015.

Because of the corona virus sessions

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Helping young couples to cope with the news they are to have or have a disabled child

Photos & videos


£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I charge £40 per hour session.

£25 for a half-hour session of drawing and talking therapy for children aged between 4 and 16 years old.

Group session of drawing and talking (maximum of 10 children) for forty-five minutes that may go up to an hour session £15 for each child; delivered over 8 weeks.  


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.  between 9am - 6pm

I work flexible hours, however from 5pm to 7pm only online or by phone

Further information

Creative Counselling is myself and a colleague who are using drawing and talking for children and counselling for children (play therapy) and adults.

Unit 43, Innovation House
26 Longfield Road
South Church Enterprise Park
Bishop Auckland
DL14 6XB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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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.

our room is spacious that can easily accommodate 2 persons with wheelchairs. The building has an accessible toilet near the therapy room and there are 2 disabled parking bays the entrance where our office is located.

Additional languages

BSL (British Sign Language)

Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces
Alison Sowerby

Alison Sowerby