Alison Sowerby

Alison Sowerby

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

07812 053231

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About me

Hello,

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.  My FdA and BA I studied at Sunderland University.

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 too has 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.

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 which sorts 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 and has also been used in removing phobias.  It uses deep relaxation and the imagination to process distressing memories.

Level 1 British Sign Language

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

I'm 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.

Member organisations

BACP

Photos & videos

  • Creative Counselling

Fees

I charge £35 per hour session.

£25 for 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 6 children) for hour session £15 for each child.

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.

Maps & Directions

Bishop Auckland, DL14 6XB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

The building has an accessible toilet near the therapy room.

Availability

Tuesday 9am - 7pm. Thursday 10am - 7pm. Friday 9am - 12noon

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults