Alison Sutcliffe MBACP Accred & ACTO Member (AVIVA, AXA & BUPA accepted)
Is life feeling too difficult for you right now? Maybe you're struggling with anxiety or experiencing relationship issues or just not feeling 'quite right'? Whatever is going on for you I would like to help.
My aim is to provide you with a 1-2-1 Counselling space where you feel safe enough to explore what is going on for you and, from this, create positive change for yourself.
I find that the experience of being truly heard is so often missing from our lives – therefore feeling listened to, and understood, can provide fresh insight that helps bring about deeper personal understanding.
This, in turn, can lead us to see our difficulties more clearly and help us make changes that enable us to manage our lives more happily and successfully.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been practising as a counsellor since 2009 and I’ve completed specialist online training in order to provide Online Counselling. I have gained my BACP accreditation. I am a Person-centred counsellor – this means that I believe that you are unique and you have the innate ability to grow towards your own full potential.
I didn’t take a direct career path into counselling. I spent many years working in the IT industry before deciding that I needed a new direction in my life – I signed up for an introductory counselling course and sought my own personal counselling – the experience was transformative. My initial training, and my positive experience as a counselling client, motivated me to proceed further and complete my full counselling training.
I work in an LGBTQ Affirmative way and I welcome people from all lifestyle choices and sexual orientations. I am continually informing myself about the breadth of cultural backgrounds and experiences that come together to make each one of us unique – I’d always hope to be able to meet you fully regardless of the differences between us.
My qualifications to date (most recent first):
- Working with survivors of sexual violence 2017
- Diploma in Online Therapeutic Counselling - Online Training For Counsellors 2015
- Making Trauma Therapy Safer - with Babette Rothschild 2015
- General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills - Online Training For Counsellors 2013
- Diploma in Practitioner Counselling Skills (person-centred approach) - City Lit 2010
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - City Lit 2008
- Time Limited Counselling - City Lit 2008
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
Our initial telephone or email consultation will be free of charge - let's work out whether we're right for each other without a financial commitment.
Standard session price is £50 a session.
I am 'recognised' by Aviva Health Insurance, AXA PPP Healthcare and BUPA therefore you can access my services through your healthcare insurance.