As an Accredited BACP member, Relationship Therapist, Counsellor, Life Coach and author I bring a wealth of experience and skill to the counselling arena. Passionate about people and with a compassionate ‘bedside’ manner acquired in a former twenty year nursing career, I'm told by clients I have a friendly, warm and approachable working style.
No stranger to personal adversity, I have used my own difficult past as a springboard to study and write in order to help others. My story has been featured in the national press (Daily Mirror 2009, Bella 2009), radio and television (The Big Questions BBC1 2010). I also contribute to the national media on a variety of subjects including articles in NOW magazine, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan Bride, Grazia and Heat.
I originally trained as a Life Coach in 2005 and as an Image Consultant in 2006. I have worked with a wide variety of individuals, groups, businesses and charities. Following this I completed a Masters Degree in Relationship Therapy in 2012. Currently working at Relate, for the NHS and in private practice, I specialise in relationship issues, especially affairs, whilst also working with a wide range of personal issues such as anger management, bereavement, low self esteem, anxiety and depression.
Counselling and Coaching?
Both are ‘talking therapies’ which help clients bring about effective change or enhance
…is an umbrella term covering various techniques and skills whilst working with difficult or painful issues. I am a fully trained and qualified integrative therapist which means I use systemic, psychodynamic and other proven theories in my work. My speciality is Relationship Therapy and am also skilled in working with many other personal problems and mental health issues.
…is solution focused, doesn’t dwell on the past and uses proven cognitive techniques and strategies to bring about change, usually more quickly than with counselling. I am a trained and skilled coach with a focus on bringing about positive change.
In essence I am an experienced counsellor and coach with a passion for helping clients manage relationship and other personal issues. No stranger to personal adversity, I bring a wealth of understanding and support for those who need help to move forwards.
Integrity, commitment and a smile are guaranteed for my clients. A professional who is fully qualified yet has a warm and caring nature, I am committed to support and guide you through personal problems.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Degree in Relationship Therapy 2012
Associate trainer and Coach Goals UK (2010)
Director/Coach/Image consultant at Lavish Lifestyle Consulting (since 2005)
Diploma in Life Coaching (Inst LC 2005)
Registered General Nurse (1985)
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
£40.00 per session
1 hour appointments at £40.00
Flexible payment options available on request
various times during the week including some evenings
A sample of my Testimonials
Alison made a HUGE difference to my recovery by enabling me to work through my problems and understand how and why they had caused my breakdown. She is a skilled, empathetic, counsellor. Non judgemental and sympathetic she unravels the issues with care and consideration. I am grateful to Alison beyond words and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
Phil Green (name changed)
"Keep doing what you do, you are fantastic!!
Thanks again Alison, we are so appreciative of your time, input and encouragement, you've been amazing!"
Rachel and George (name changed)
"Thank you Alison. You have helped me enormously and I will be forever grateful."
Sarah Greene (name changed)
"Please don't leave your profession to pursue another career...you're very good."
Paul Smithson, Divisional Director (name changed)